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WVPA partnering with WVU P.I. Reed School of Journalism on legal training for journalists

MORGANTOWN — The West Virginia Press Association, as part of its ongoing educational programming, has partnering with the WVU P.I. Reed School of Journalism on legal training workshops for journalists in October.

Photos from WVPA Convention 2013
Photos from WVPA Convention 2013

Organized by WVU Professor Tom Stewart, who presented a FOIA session at Convention 2013, the workshops  will take place on WVU’s downtown campus Wednesday, Oct. 23.

To encourage attendance and make the workshops affordable to all newspapers and staff members, the price of attendance is $10 for WVPA members and WVU students. That price includes lunch and a continental breakfast. WVU and the WVPA are subsiding the workshops for staff from member newspapers and students.

There will be four workshops, beginning at 10 a.m. and ending by 3:30 The scheduling is set to to eliminate the need for overnight stays and hotel costs.

Workshop topics include Libel & Defamation, What Newsrooms Need to Know about Privacy, Access to Government (Open Meetings & Open records), and How to Avoid and How to Handle Newsroom Subpoenas.

The workshops are also open to West Virginia broadcasters, independent bloggers and website operators. The price for open attendance is $15.

Both WVU and the WVPA hope to host other regional trainings in the future. For more information, or to register, contact Don Smith, executive director of the WVPA, at 304-342-1011, ext. 160, or [email protected]

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