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Noontime Update – Defamation, Libel and Other Concerns of Newsgathering


Jan 22, 2021




Teresa Shaak

News happens quickly, especially in the midst of a pandemic, political drama and racial unrest.  Are you being careful to avoid lawsuits and litigation throughout your coverage?

Melissa Melewsky, PNA’s Media Law Counsel, offers advice on protecting you and your news organization from libel and defamation suits. If you’re gathering news in Pennsylvania, you need to know about defamation, invasion of privacy and other causes of action. Online issues can be especially daunting. And, the ongoing pandemic as well as PA’s Clean Slate have had effects on access and coverage.

Most appropriate for editorial staffs, especially newcomers and those desiring a refresher course.

This one-hour webinar is scheduled to begin promptly at 12 noon.

Registrants must have both a computer and audio/phone in order to participate.

There is no cost for PNA members.  Non-member fee: $20.

To register, complete the form below or email the PNA Foundation.  A confirmation with GoToMeeting log in instructions will be sent to each registrant one or two days prior to the sessions.


January 22
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Foundation


Melissa Melewsky is Media Law Counsel for the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association. She provides legal advice and advocacy to newspapers across the Commonwealth on a wide range of legal topics affecting the newspaper industry. Melewsky also advocates for newspapers as an amicus curiae in the Pennsylvania judicial system in cases affecting the newspaper industry including access to government records and meetings, First Amendment rights, and defamation.

 Melewsky has been a guest lecturer throughout the Commonwealth for media and civic organizations as well as government agencies and the court system on the Right to Know Law, the Sunshine Act and other laws that affect the media industry. Melewsky is a former co-chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Bar Press Committee and is currently an active member.

Prior to joining the Association, Melewsky was the judicial law clerk to the Honorable William Harvey Wiest, Northumberland County Court of Common Pleas. She received a B.A. in Telecommunications from the Pennsylvania State University and a J.D. from Widener University School of Law.