Improving Police-Press Relations in New York – Wednesday, June 16, 2021 10 AM EDT

This webinar is a must see for all news directors and reporters.  It will focus on the rights and limitations of journalists and citizens to photograph and record police officers and first responders performing their official duties in public. The discussion will include First, Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights, search and seizure, exigent circumstances, qualified immunity, subpoenas and more. Particular focus will be paid to recent laws (proposed and enacted) in New York.

The objective of this session is to foster improved police-press-public relations in an era when most needed. Constructive discussion of the rights and responsibilities of journalists and police will be discussed along with instilling greater respect for the roles each plays in our democracy.

The webinar will feature Mickey H. Osterreicher, general counsel to the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA). He is an award-winning photojournalist with over forty years’ experience in print and broadcast and has been a uniformed reserve deputy sheriff with the Erie County Sheriff’s Office (ECSO) since 1976. Osterreicher was a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police ( IACP) “Public Recording of Police” advisory committee and helped draft the manuals and provide training on this issue. He has also provided training on this subject to many law enforcement agencies and journalists nationwide. Osterreicher has been an adjunct lecturer in Photojournalism at SUNY at Buffalo and an adjunct law professor in media and the law at the University at Buffalo Law School. In 2015, the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) honored him as a “Fellow of the Society,” the highest professional honor given by the Society for extraordinary contribution to the profession.

This webinar is provided free of charge to all NYSBA members in good standing: To register in advance click HERE.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.  This webinar will be recorded.


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