Here is my chance to finally shake hands with Miami Police Chief John Timoney.
And to hopefully point out the problem of police officers not understanding basic Constitutional rights when it comes to photographers.
On Friday morning, I will be sitting on a panel titled New Media, Old Law & Public Access that is part of an all-day conference at the University of Miami sponsored by the Miami-Dade Commission of Ethics and Public Trust as well as the Society of Professional Journalists and the University of Miami School of Communication.
The conference is titled Principled Journalism and Government Relations in a New Era.
My panel starts at 9:15 a.m. and is described below.
I. New Media, Old Law & Public Access in Government in the Sunshine vs. Protection of Privacy
What is new media? Slander, libel, threats, surveillance cameras, Facebook, Twitter, mug shots, anonymous comments, Wikipedia — Is there a limit to what should be posted on a public or private website? Who can control it? Does Florida’s Government in the Sunshine or Public Records laws apply to social networking? What is a legitimate news resource?
Moderator: Sam Terilli, Associate Professor of Journalism, University of Miami and law partner at Ford & Harrison, LLP
Kim Grinfeder, Assistant Professor of Journalism, University of Miami
Carlos Miller, Multimedia Journalist and Editor at NBC, Miami
Hon. Harvey Ruvin, Miami-Dade Clerk of Courts
John Timoney, Chief of Police, City of Miami
There will be several other panels as well including a keynote speech from Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts.
Here is the conference program.