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Law defining journalists: Who’s who in the age of digital media?

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La Trobe University (Social Sciences Building room 232 - Moot Court)

Plenty Road

Bundoora, VIC 3086

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Professor Anne Wallace joined La Trobe Law School in December 2016. Prior to that she was a professor in the School of Business and Law at Edith Cowan University (2016) and Head of the School of Law & Justice at ECU from August 2012 to December 2015. In the course of her career she has also worked at the University of Canberra, the Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration and the Office of the Australian Government Solicitor in Hobart. Professor Wallace has been researching the development and implementation of information and communications technology (ICT) in Australian courts and tribunals since 1998. She has been a Chief Investigator in two multi-disciplinary research projects under the Court of the Future Network (led by Professor David Tait, of Western Sydney University), and funded by the Australian Research Council, that investigated the use of technology in the justice system; one examining the effect of interactive visual evidence on juries, the other to establish best practice guidelines for the use of remote witness testimony in courts. She has also researched in a number of other fields related to judicial administration, including court safety, judicial workload allocation and the impact of social media on the work of courts.

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This seminar will present some findings from an ongoing research project that is investigating the way that the law and legal institutions are approaching the task of defining the terms ‘journalist’ and ‘journalism’ in the age of digital media. It draws on work published by the presenter, and her co-investigator, in a variety of contexts, including court-reporting, the so-called ‘journalist privilege’ and media exceptions in relation to data protection laws.

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Light refreshments will be served from 11.45am-12noon. For catering purposes, registration by Thursday 12 October would be appreciated.

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