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Welcome to the 19th annual American Copy Editors Society national conference in Pittsburgh March 26-28, 2015. (Photo by Jeremy Davis.)

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Thursday, March 26 • 4:20pm - 5:20pm
Libel-Proof Your Writing: The Importance of Accuracy and Attribution

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This session will present the basics of libel law in easy-to-understand terms. Learn how to spot and remove libelous statements before they reach the public. We will focus primarily on how reporters and editors can avoid making libelous statements. Like a pedestrian crossing a busy street, a journalist has to look both ways to see who is making an assertion in print or online. If the answer is no one, then it is the journalist, and the editor, who states the claim as fact, often without meaning to do so. Making writers think about the attribution may push them to question the assertion and avoid a lawsuit.


Charles DeLaFuente

Freelance journalist, editor and attorney
Charles DeLaFuente has been a journalist and lawyer for nearly half a century. He began his career as a reporter for suburban New York newspapers and for United Press International (UPI), then became a city editor of a New York tabloid. After graduating law school and practicing for a few years, he returned to journalism, first at UPI, then at the New York Daily News and at the Albany Times-Union. He was editor-in-chief of the Record in Troy... Read More →
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William Hickman

Professor of mass communication, University of Central Oklahoma
Dr. William Hickman is a professor of mass communication at the University of Central Oklahoma. He has been teaching since 1991. His professional experience includes news desk stints at The Daily Oklahoman, The Dallas Morning News, the Arlington (Texas) Daily News and the Tulsa World for more than 35 years.

Thursday March 26, 2015 4:20pm - 5:20pm

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