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Date Published

December 21, 2020


New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers


Practice Management


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This seminar discusses how coverage of the legal system - in conventional media and on social media - has changed in the digital age, and what lawyers need to know about it. Topics will include: a brief history of high-profile media coverage of trials - and the sudden, recent change in how the coverage works; how and why social media is now crucial for journalists and why you must understand "iterative reporting"; social media's impact on jurors and court rulings; the scarcity of research on how social media and digital journalism impact witnesses and trials overall; pros and cons of social media and digital journalism in trial coverage.

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Thom Fladung

Bruce Hennes

Amy Insler, Esq.

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Program Titles and Supporting Materials

This program contains the following components:

Journalism, Social Media & The Courts: A New Frontier - Video
Journalism, Social Media & The Courts: A New Frontier - Paper
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If applicable, you may obtain credit in multiple jurisdictions simultaneously for this program (see pending/approved list below). If electing credit for this program, registrants in jurisdictions not listed below will receive a Certificate of Completion that may or may not meet credit requirements in other jurisdictions. Where applicable, credit will be only awarded to a paid registrant completing all the requirements of the program as determined by the selected accreditation authority.

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How to Attend

Join the self-paced program from your office, home, or hotel room using a computer and high speed internet connection. You may start and stop the program at your convenience, continue where you left off, and review supporting materials as often as you like. Please note: Internet Explorer is no longer a supported browser. We recommend using Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Safari for best results.

Technical Requirements
You may access this course on a computer or mobile device with high speed internet (iPhones require iOS 10 or higher). Recommended browsers are Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.