VIDEO: Legal and Ethical Issues in New England Newsrooms

The New England First Amendment Coalition recently presented a panel discussion on the latest legal and ethical issues within local newsrooms. The program occurred during the New England Newspaper & Press Association‘s fall conference.

The video is now available to view for free with a $10 suggested donation.


Presenters on the Oct. 6 panel were Peter Caruso, Sr., an Andover-based media attorney; Michael Donoghue, an investigative reporter who spent nearly 40 years at the Burlington Free Press; and Gregory V. Sullivan, legal counsel for the New Hampshire Union Leader. All three are members of NEFAC’s board of directors. Their bios can be read here.



Overview of First Amendment and Privacy Law

Photography and Filming

Editorial Process

Where Can Photographs Be Taken?

Is Consent Needed?



Photographing Trademarks

Access to School Sporting Events

Using Previously Run Photos

Vetting User-Generated Content

Mugshots and Privacy


NEFAC was formed in 2006 to advance and protect the Five Freedoms of the First Amendment, including the principle of the public’s right to know. We’re a broad-based organization of people who believe in the power of an informed democratic society. Our members include lawyers, journalists, historians, academics and private citizens.

Our coalition is funded through contributions made by those who value the First Amendment and who strive to keep government accountable. Donations can be made here. Major Supporters of NEFAC for this year include The Providence Journal Charitable Legacy Fund, The Robertson Foundation, The Boston Globe and Boston University.