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PNA On the Road – Philadelphia/Eastern PA


Oct 26, 2023




Teresa Shaak

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We’re hitting the road and bringing valuable training to your region. Our second stop is in Philadelphia at The Inquirer.  Join us for four hours of take-home ideas, best practices and proven solutions as well as networking opportunities.  Plus, coffee and lunch! All for only $39.

Please note that this workshop will focus on editorial issues; an advertising track will be offered on a future date.


9:30 a.m.
Registration – Coffee and light breakfast items will be available.


10 – 11:15 a.m.
A How-To: Finding and Using Public Records – Presenters will share best practices for accessing existing databases, public records and judicial court sources.  You are guaranteed to learn some new tricks!

Presenters: Melissa Melewsky, Esq., media law counsel, PA NewsMedia Association; Paula Knudsen Burke, Esq., Local Legal Initiative Attorney – PA, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

11:30 a.m.  – 12:15 p.m.
Defamation and Libel in Newsgathering – From the basics to specific issues, learn from experienced media lawyers how to protect your news company.  You’ll get answers to questions such as:

  • Who are the most common defamation plaintiffs (who is most likely to sue)?
  • Are there any tools to help quantify risk/assign a risk level?
  • Are there any terms/phrases news orgs should always avoid?
  • When should we alert our insurer and/or private attorney?
  • What is the difference between a correction and a retraction and what impact does each have?

Presenters:  Michael Berry, Esq., Partner, Ballard Spahr and Elizabeth Seidlin-Bernstein, Esq., Of Counsel, Ballard Spahr

12:15 – 1 p.m.
Lunch – Chance to network while catching a sandwich.

1 – 1:45 p.m.
Philly RTKL 101 – An overview of the RTKL process in the city of Brotherly Love.

Presenters: Andrew Richman, Chair, Right to Know Compliance, Investigations, and Privacy Group, City of Philadelphia Law Department

Feige M. Grundman, Chief Deputy City Solicitor, Right to Know Compliance, Investigations, and Privacy Group, City of Philadelphia Law Department


October 26, 2023
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association
Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Foundation


The Philadelphia Inquirer
100 S. Independence Mall West, Ste. 600
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106
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In collaboration with The Philadelphia Inquirer

This event is being held at The Philadelphia Inquirer on Thursday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.