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TAB newsroom legal guide sheds light on Texas’ newsgathering laws

TAB’s Newsroom Legal Guide provides your station’s news staff with a handy desktop reference on specific federal and Texas laws affecting newsgathering.

Attorneys with TAB’s Texas legal counsel, Jackson Walker LLP, under the direction of Paul Watler, a nationally-known media law attorney specialist with the firm, prepared the legal guide.

This guide offers a general discussion of legal principles and considerations affecting Texas broadcasters in gathering and reporting the news, including:

  • Libel and related concepts
  • Privacy 
  • Texas Free Flow of Information Act (Texas media shield law) and source issues
  • Citizen Participation Act (Texas Anti-SLAPP law) as a means of lawsuit dismissal
  • First Amendment protection for the newsroom
  • Federal and state Freedom of Information laws 
  • FCC regulations affecting broadcast newsrooms
  • New media / social media / station website issues
  • Court coverage
  • Crime coverage
  • Education and school coverage issues
  • HIPAA and healthcare-related considerations in reporting
  • Investigative coverage
  • Political coverage issues

View and download the guide

Questions?  Contact TAB’s Michael Schneider or call (512) 322-9944.

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