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The Safe Harbor Bill and What It Could Mean for You


Sep 19, 2019




Teresa Shaak



The Safe Harbor Bill and What It Could Mean for You

The News Media Alliance has been closely watching and advocating for the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act, which would provide a safe harbor for publishers to collectively negotiate with tech platforms such as Facebook and Google.  Hoping to create an even playing field for the free and diverse press, the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act creates a temporary safe harbor for news publishers to band together to negotiate with online platforms to protect Americans’ access to trustworthy sources of news online.  Introduced by both the U.S. House and the Senate judiciary and antitrust committees, the bill also aims to protect a free market, jobs and the marketplace of ideas. The majority of Americans are “more concerned” that not enough is being done to address the “relentless spread of fake news on their platforms,” representing “a seismic shift in the public’s perception” in a short time on the issue, according to an Axios-SurveyMonkey poll. According to the 2018 Edelman Trust Barometer, 63% of people say they can’t tell the difference between good journalism and falsehood online.

Danielle Coffey, Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Counsel at the News Media Alliance, will discuss current challenges faced by news publishers in the digital marketplace, focusing on the role of dominant online platforms in the distribution and advertising ecosystem. She will explore the audience and demand for news as well as potential solutions to ensuring the survival of high-quality journalism, including the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act.

Appropriate for publishers, general managers and anyone wanting to learn more about this important issue.

Registration is free for PNA members.  $20 for non-members.  Provided by the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Foundation in association with the News Media Alliance.

This webinar is scheduled to begin promptly at 12 noon and will conclude in less than an hour.  Registrants must have both a computer and phone in order to participate.  Gather together in one room and have lunch and learn!

To register, email foundation@pa-news.org or phone (717) 703-3003. Participation instructions will be emailed one to two days before the session.


September 19, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Foundation
News Media Alliance