Our new guide is a PDF document formatted for booklet printing, and provides background legal information on the rights of independent and institutional journalists to collect information in Massachusetts. It covers core topics in Massachusetts newsgathering law, including: open meetings and public records laws; access to courts and courtrooms; recording courtroom proceedings; recording the activities of public officials in public spaces; and protection for anonymous sources.
Written by Cyberlaw Clinic and DMLP staff, Newsgathering in Massachusetts was developed for "Filling the News Gap in Cambridge and Beyond: Citizen Journalism and Grass Roots Media," an event on May 4, 2013, celebrating of the 25th anniversary of Cambridge Community Television. We are now pleased to make this guide available to the public, and hope that you find it useful!
The Digital Media Law Project is based at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. The DMLP produces a wide range of legal resources for independent online journalism projects and media ventures, including its multistate Legal Guide and specific resources developed to respond to breaking legal issues affecting online speech.
The Harvard Law School Cyberlaw Clinic provides high-quality, pro-bono legal services to appropriate individuals, small start-ups, non-profit groups and government entities regarding cutting-edge issues of the Internet, new technology and intellectual property. Harvard Law School students enhance their preparation for high-tech practice and earn course credit for working on a variety of real-world litigation, client counseling, advocacy, legislation, and transactional/licensing projects and cases.