News at Noon explores the legal hazards of social media

Social media and the lawSocial media once was merely social. Now, it’s a tool for gathering news and reading it, too.

But with this transition comes concern about new media’s place next to old media and whether the same legal limits apply to both.

Three people will try to address that concern and describe those limits during “Tweeting into Litigation: The Legal Hazards of Social Media,” the next News at Noon presentation co-sponsored by the St. Louis chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Missouri History Museum.

Mike Nepple and Mark Sableman of the Thompson Coburn law firm in St. Louis have been tracking the evolution and effects of social media-related litigation nationwide. Chad Garrison has helped cultivate the social image of the Riverfront Times as managing editor of the alternative weekly and deals daily with the sticky ramifications of mixing new and old media.

Together, they will analyze the use of photographs and other content in the digital realm, the latest libel and privacy cases, and examine the use of cultural symbols in parody and commentary.

Their program will start at noon Thursday, July 11, in the AT&T Room of the Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Boulevard, on the north edge of Forest Park at De Baliviere Avenue. Admission is free and visitors can bring their own lunch or buy one from Bixby’s Restaurant on the museum’s top floor.

Update: Chad Garrison replaces Riverfront Times editor Tom Finkel on the panel.

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