WORKSHOP | Social media & journalism: The legal pitfalls

[Membership benefit] What are the main reputational, legal and ethical issues which may be relevant to engaging with, creating and using social media content in journalism? Which areas of the IMPRESS Standards Code are directly relevant to your editorial practice on social media?

This IMPRESS workshop, hosted by online law expert Dr Laura Scaife, will explore the relationship between the law and social media and will show you how to avoid potential pitfalls online. This session, which will take plae on 2 March 2021 1:30-2:30PM, is designed as an interactive and practical up-skilling session, with a a 20-minute Q&A section with Dr Scaife at the end to help you identify and navigate common legal issues online with confidence.

How to take part

IMPRESS-regulated publishers who wish to take part may contact

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Workshop themes include:

  • Social media activity of editors, content managers, correspondents or reports around official output.
  • Comments and content uploaded by individuals on official organisational pages, feeds, accounts and platforms.
  • Use of content sourced from social media and non-media professionals.


About Dr Laura Scaife

Dr Laura Scaife is a privacy lawyer, EU lobbyist and Solicitor Advocate. She has worked in EU and US law firms on a range of high profile matters such as the MPs expenses case and for social media sites, search engines, luxury brands and sports clients on a range of regulatory matters. Laura has also worked in house delivering the GDPR implementation to the BBC as well as negotiating key clauses in the Data Protection Act 2018 with DCMS and Parliament.