Reporters Committee seeks responses to legal needs of journalists survey

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press — a nonprofit that provides free legal resources to journalists — asks news organizations to complete this survey gauging the legal needs of journalists.

The Reporters Committee has a grant from the Knight Foundation to study the legal needs of our industry as part of an effort to expand the Protecting Journalists Pro Bono Program. This program was launched last year by Microsoft and the law firm Davis Wright Tremaine, and it currently makes pro bono legal services available to reporters and nonprofit newsrooms in California and Washington state that cannot otherwise afford legal representation. It currently accepts projects in three areas: pre-publication review, access to public records, and subpoena defense.

Your responses to the survey will help us better understand your overall legal needs as well as the gaps that the expansion of this program — and other Reporters Committee initiatives — will seek to fill.

We would appreciate getting responses by Dec. 10, 2021. You may also see this survey circulating through other networks, but news organizations only need to complete it once. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Flavie Fuentes at Please also know that the Reporters Committee has a legal hotline available to any journalist with specific legal questions or needs.

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