Introducing a new aspect of the ASNE Press Freedom Hotline: a Weekly Video Short.

We've been proud to bring you the ASNE Legal Hotline for the past two years, thanks to generous grants from the Charles Koch Foundation and the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation. Via the Hotline, members of ASNE, APME and LION (the Local Independent Online Publishers) can consult with ASNE Legal Counsel Kevin M. Goldberg via telephone (703-812-0462), email (, or, ideally, the closed group ASNE Press Freedom Legal Hotline Facebook Page (where we hope others will join in the conversation).
We're happy to announce yet another element of the Hotline: a weekly video to be released every Monday on the Press Freedom Legal Hotline Page, and ASNE's main Facebook Page with links via other sources such as Twitter and the “This Week @ ASNE” newsletter. Kevin will identify a timely topic of interest in media law and provide an overview of key issues in about 60-90 seconds. As with the Legal Hotline itself, these videos should not construed or taken as "legal advice" and are not to be used as a substitute for obtaining their own legal counsel. There's also the possibility of additional videos on “breaking news” type issues from time to time.

ASNE, APME and LION members are encouraged to be regular viewers of these videos and continue the discussion on the closed group Press Freedom Legal Hotline Page. More importantly, while Kevin will be pulling topics from his daily work on behalf of ASNE, we hope that you'll send ideas for topics Kevin will discuss. These can be specific situations you have encountered, ala the Legal Hotline itself, or more general topics that you've always wanted to understand better.

We hope you'll enjoy this new feature, which we intend to extend (along with the Legal Hotline itself) beyond the ASNE/APME merger that will create the new News Leaders Association.