Fargo article proposes source protection options in absence of shield law

“Protecting Journalists’ Sources Without a Shield: Four Proposals” argues that Congress is unlikely to pass a federal shield law in the near future.

Fargo article pinpoints components of effective federal shield law

In order to pass an effective federal shield law, Congress should limit exceptions to protecting sources and prohibit secret court orders from unmasking sources, associate professor Tony Fargo argues in an article published in the latest issue of Journal of International Media & Entertainment Law.

Associate professor Anthony Fargo (Maggie Richards, BA’15 | The Media School)

“A Federal Shield Law That Works: Protecting Sources, Fighting Fake News, and Confronting Modern Challenges to Effective Journalism,” discusses Congress’ previous unsuccessful attempts to pass a federal shield law and proposes ways to create a more effective version.

In return for these protections, Fargo says journalists should address concerns about fake news by swearing their sources exist.

Research assistance for this article was made possible by the Barbara Restle Press Law Project.

Apply for International Press Institute internship in Vienna

Apply by Dec. 7 to support the International Press Institute‘s defense of media freedom and the free flow of news as a summer 2019 intern in Vienna.

IPI will hire up to two IU undergraduate students, graduate students or recent graduates. The internships are arranged through The Media School’s Center for International Media Law and Policy Studies.

Interns will:

monitor press freedom transgressions and developments around the world,
draft press freedom statements,
research press freedom topics and draft reports,
contribute to IPI’s projects, campaigns and publications,
interact with IPI and media stakeholders and
increase IPI’s exposure using social networking tools.

The organization seeks interns with a variety of skills, including but not limited to photography and videography, multimedia design, public relations and marketing, and legal research.

The internship will last six to eight weeks, but start and end dates are negotiable. Interns must be available to work five days a …
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Fargo presents soon-to-be-published paper in California

The paper examines attempts to pass a federal shield law that would protect journalists from being required to reveal their sources.

IU/SPJ/ICOG offer free daylong workshop on open data, government

Sign up now for the free information access workshop on March 17 in Indianapolis.

Mother of James Foley to speak at The Media School

Diane Foley will speak at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 21 after the screening of a documentary about her son.

Journalist fighting subpoena to speak at The Media School in January

Freelance journalist Jamie Kalven will speak at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 23 in the Franklin Hall commons.

Online communication necessitates review of First Amendment theory, Fargo says

Fargo presented the research at the International Association for Media and Communication Research annual conference in Cartagena, Colombia.

Fargo to lead D.C. panel on watchdog journalism

“Building a Better Watchdog” is supported by the Barbara Restle Press Law Project.

Fargo to moderate First Amendment panel at IPI conference

Associate professor Anthony L. Fargo (Maggie Richards, senior | The Media School)

Associate professor Anthony Fargo will moderate a panel discussion May 19 in Hamburg, Germany, on the impact of recent political events on the international influence of the First Amendment. The panel session, “Does That Banner Yet Wave?” is part of the International Press Institute’s world congress in Hamburg May 18-29.

Panelists are Daoud Kuttab, a Jordanian-American journalist who runs an online news organization in Amman, Jordan; Ashley Messenger, the senior associate general counsel for NPR in Washington, D.C.; and Amy Kristin Sanders, a professor at Northwestern University-Qatar.

The panel is sponsored by The Media School’s Barbara Restle Press Law Project, funded by a gift from IU journalism alumna Barbara Restle. The project focuses on research and education about laws that protect journalists and their sources and on strengthening press …
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