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Press Rights Commission sessions at KC

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Those looking for sessions about legal issues at the Kansas City JEA/NSPA convention can consider these sessions offered by members of the press rights commission:

• Designing a Strong Editorial Policy, Friday 9 am, 2206 KCCC: Editorial policies can be your strongest ally or your worst enemy. Learn what a strong policy should contain and what to avoid.

• Get Certified: Legal and Ethical Issues, Friday 10 am, 3501 B KCCC: It’s part of the strand for those taking or thinking about taking the CJE or MJE, BUT it’s also good overview of issues advisers should know.

• Open Forum, Friday, 11 am, 2207 KCCC: An open forum for students, advisers and administrators to raise concerns and issues regarding legal and ethical issues they face. Members of the press rights commission will lead the discussion.

• Teaching Accountability: Student Journalists and Ethical Choices, Friday 2:30 pm, 2205 KCCC: This session is geared to new advisers who want to build programs where students learn sound reporting and editing practices, and are held accountable for what they publish or broadcast. This session will present essential elements of media ethics that student journalists must understand before they begin their work.

• Open Forum, Saturday, 11 am, 2503 B KCCC: An open forum for students, advisers and administrators to raise concerns and issues regarding legal and ethical issues they face. Members of the press rights commission will lead the discussion.

• Think F1rst, Saturday, noon, 2201 KCCC: The Press Rights Commission’s Student Partners  group will present a session directed toward raising awareness of First Amendment issues and for students who are undergoing some sort of First Amendment crisis and are looking for solutions to a vexing problem. A question-and-answer session will follow.

• Press Rights and the Private School, Saturday, 2:30 2208, KCCC: Presented by a member of the commission’s Student Partner, 45Words, this session will tell how a student successfully dismantled the process of prior review at this private school this year.


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