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PODCAST: UNR Journalism Prof. Speaks about Media and Nevada’s Shield Laws


Patrick File is an assistant professor of media law at the University of Nevada, Reno. We discuss his research — which encompasses the evolution of technology and how it impacts media laws — and contemporary issues about how the press, including bloggers and independent journalists, benefit society and impact the public interest.

Issues and questions we discuss:

  • Why are media laws are slower to change over technology?
  • What is a shield law and how does it work?
  • Why was Nevada’s press industry reluctant to include independent journalists in shield law statutes?
  • Is Nevada’s legislature press friendly?
  • Who is a public figure?
  • How and why do media laws evolve?
  • Do bloggers have the same rights as journalists?
  • Who is a journalist?
  • How do independent journalists impact the public interest?

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Bob Conrad
Bob Conradhttp://thisisreno.com
Bob Conrad is publisher, editor and co-founder of This Is Reno. He has served in communications positions for various state agencies and earned a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2011. He is also a part time instructor at UNR and sits on the boards of the Nevada Press Association and Nevada Open Government Coalition.