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List of Media Law Resources in the United States
 
Organizations
 
  • Media Law Resource Center (www.medialaw.org): non-profit information clearinghouse organized by a number of media organizations to monitor developments and promote First Amendment rights in the libel, privacy and related legal fields. Offers brief banks, state surveys and recent developments/case brief newsletter. Membership required.
·         Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (www.rcfp.org): nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free legal assistance to journalists. In the last three decades the Committee has played a role in virtually every significant press freedom case that has come before the Supreme Court -- from Nebraska Press Association v. Stuart to Hustler Magazine v. Falwell -- as well as in hundreds of cases in federal and state courts. The Committee has also emerged as a major national -- and international -- resource in free speech issues, disseminating information in a variety of forms, including a quarterly legal review, a bi-weekly newsletter, a 24-hour hotline, and various handbooks on media law issues. Academicians, state and federal agencies, and Congress regularly call on the Committee for advice and expertise, and it has become the leading advocate for reporters' interest in cyberspace
  •  The First Amendment Center (http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org): works to preserve and protect First Amendment freedoms through information and education. The center serves as a forum for the study and exploration of free-expression issues, including freedom of the press issues. It publishes the weekly newspaper column “Inside the First Amendment,” publishes in-depth analyses on First Amendment issues, and provides a curriculum for schools. The First Amendment Center is funded by the Freedom Forum.
·         The Media Institute (www.mediainstitute.org): nonprofit research foundation specializing in communications policy issues. The Institute exists to foster three goals: freedom of speech, a competitive media and communications industry, and excellence in journalism. Pursues an active program agenda that encompasses virtually all sectors of the media, ranging from traditional print and broadcast outlets to newer entrants such as cable, satellites, and online services. The Institute publishes books and monographs, prepares regulatory filings and court briefs, convenes conferences, and sponsors aluncheon series in Washington for journalists and communications executives.
·         Media Access Project (http://www.mediaaccess.org/web/): A nonprofit telecommunications public interest law firm. Litigates on behalf of nonprofits and promotes the public's First Amendment right to hear and be heard on the electronic media.
  • National Freedom of Information Coalition (http://www.nfoic.org/): Grantmaking institution that helps foster the creation and growth of state FOI coalitions, and assists with projects furthering public access to government records.
 
  • The Center for Media and Democracy (http://www.prwatch.org/cmd/index.html): a non-profit, public interest organization that strengthens participatory democracy by investigating and exposing public relations spin and propaganda, and by promoting media literacy and citizen journalism.
 
  • The Brechner Center for Freedom of Information (http://brechner.org/): Based at the University of Florida, the Brechner Center answers queries about media law from journalists, attorneys, and other members of the public. The Center is prepared to explain issues relating to media law, react to current developments, offer speakers for meetings and classes, and assist in research about media law.
 
  • California First Amendment Coalition (http://www.cfac.org): CFAC is a nonprofit public interest organization dedicated to advancing free speech and open-government rights. A membership organization, CFAC's activities include educational and informational programs, participation in "test case" litigation to enhance first amendment rights for the largest number of citizens, and legislative oversight of bills affecting free speech. CFAC's members are newspapers and other news organizations, libraries, civic organizations, academics, freelance journalists, community activists--and ordinary individuals seeking help in asserting rights of citizenship. 
 
  • Florida First Amendment Foundation (http://www.floridafaf.org/): foundation established by The Florida Press Association, the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors, and the Florida Association of Broadcasters. Provides education and training, legal aid and information services.
 
  • Student Press Law Center: (www.splc.org): Nonprofit organization dedicated to providing legal help and information to the student media and journalism educators.
 
Universities
 
  • Project for Global Communications Studies, Annenberg School of Communication, University of Pennsylvania (http://pgcs.asc.upenn.edu/index.php): A partnership for faculty and graduate student research and outreach on issues of media development, national identities and globalization. Has a host of international partners and initiatives in the area of media law. 
 
  • Solender Institute in Mass Media and Free Speech Law, Southern Methodist University School of Law (http://library.law.smu.edu/Free_Speech/): resource center, providing materials to researchers from courts, legislatures, bureaucracies, the legal profession, legal education, mass media, and telecommunications services.
 
  • Howard M. Squadron Program in Law, Media and Society, Cardozo School of Law (http://www.cardozo.yu.edu/academic_prog/ip_program/additional.asp): a leading center on questions of law and policy involving media and new communications technology. 
 
 
  • First Amendment Law Review, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law (http://falr.unc.edu): Student-run academic journal dedicated to First Amendment issues, including freedom of the press. 
 
 
  • Federal Communications Law Journal (http://www.law.indiana.edu/fclj/index.shtml): The Journal publishes three issues per year, including articles, student notes, commentaries, and book reviews examining a wide range of U.S. and international communications and information issues, including telecommunications, the First Amendment, broadcasting, telephony, computers, intellectual property, communications and information policymaking, and related fields.
 
 
Other
 
  • Silicon Valley Media Law Blog (http://www.svmedialaw.com/): a resource-filled blog compiled by media lawyer Cathy Kirkman. Particularly useful for online publishing. 
 

 

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