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In addition to listing ways to build relationships with sources, Maass offers important ideas for reporters to protect their sources. "In 20 years of investigative reporting, I've developed some ideas and guidelines on how to cultivate news sources, and more importantly, how to protect sources. I fully believe we have a moral obligation to fully counsel potential sources on how their information will be used, and on the potential consequences they may face."
This tipsheet targets the rights of reporters and the things that should be taken into account when being served a subpoena. One of the questions that it covers is the confidentiality of sources and whether reporters should reveal this information under judicial pressure. It also includes a list of case readings and resources.
Anonymous or confidential source use is on the rise. Tobin gives a short brief on the importance of keeping promises with anonymous sources and the legal implications if those promises are broken. He also offers tips for reporters on ways to maintain legality while dealing with anonymous sources.
Cyberlaw issues for investigative reporters and editors: Recent developments, including "fair use" under copyright law, open networks and reporter's privilege, republication liability for defamation, and tortious intergerence with a source's confidentiality agreement
This packet includes handouts on the cases of CS First Boston Corporation v. FBC Buster (libel via e-mail), Karaduman v. Newsday (libel action against publishers and investigative reporters as result of republication in book form of allegedly defamatory newspaper articles), Religious Technology Center v. Netcom On-Line Communication Services (intellectual properties on the Internet), and citations involving fraud and computers and wire communication and harassment. Audio tape available through the IRE Resource Center at (573) 882-3364 or rescntr@ ire.org. Ask for tape #IRE96-10.