How to navigate FAC’s Resources
Welcome to FAC’s Resources page. Here you’ll be able to navigate to FAC’s Newsgathering resources of interest to professional reporters and editors as well as citizen journalists; research California Attorney Generals opinions on open- government issues; review FAC’s legal case files and friends -of-court briefs, and access FAC’s Spanish and Chinese language resources.
News Gathering, a FAC Access Law Primer, by Karl Olson, a lawyer specializing in open government and first amendment law.
Newsgathering: A summary of legal topics of interest to journalists in the course of news-gathering, ranging from the use of confidential sources to taping interviews to gathering news on public school campuses.
Other news gathering resources:
- Citizen Media Law Project’s Legal Guide includes many articles of importance for news gathering, including:
“News gathering” — also known as reporting — is what journalists do to research information for a news article. The terms apply traditionally to mainstream journalists working for a newspaper, broadcast station or wire service, but the conventions and legal rules are equally applicable to bloggers or other journalists whose work is published primarily in an online environment. Presented by Karl Olson, a partner at the San Francisco law firm of Ram, Olson Cereghino & Kopczynski, LLPand a member of the FAC board. (27:00 minutes)
Text and analysis of Proposition 59, an open-government ballot initiative approved overwhelmingly by voters in 2004 election.
Prop 59 does not explicitly create new access rights. Any substantive enhancement of access rights under Prop 59 will have to come about through litigation — and as of 2009 there had been no significant judicial interpretations at the appellate level.
The Coalition conducts a program of strategic litigation. Instead of waiting for cases to come to us, we initiate “test case” lawsuits to resolve key legal issues in a way that maximizes chances for a favorable outcome, with potentially far-reaching effects. Go to index