In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the subsequent #metoo movement, the SPLC has received an influx of students and advisers looking for advice on how to cover sexual assault in their own communities and on their own campuses. Join us Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 1 p.m. ET/ 10 a.m. PT when we do just that — we’ll be coming to you live on with legal and ethical advice for covering these stories responsibly.
You’ll hear from the student leaders at the Indiana Daily Student who how their university treated people who reported being sexually assaulted. Jamie Zega, Fall 2017 editor in chief, and Carley Lanich, the paper’s investigations editor, will explain how they approached, reported and published their investigative series, “The system: an IDS investigation into sexual assault.”
Then, SPLC Senior Legal Counsel, Mike Hiestand will explain the legal side of things — how can you report these stories in a way that protects both yourself and your sources?
In early December, we’re back for a second installment to break down one of the most intimidating tasks for young reporters: using public records to investigate sexual assaults. You’ll learn what information is public, how to request it, who to request it from, and what to do when you’re being stonewalled. Hint: set up a call with the Student Press Law Center.
This is part of an ongoing monthly series of webinars designed to give you the tools and knowledge you need to tackle the most pressing legal issues in student media. Check out our first two installments where we started with the basics and broke down the top three issues facing high school and college journalists today.