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Legal reporters master remote reporting during COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic led to unprecedented disruptions for the courts, with social distancing measures being introduced and fewer in person appearances. This presented challenges for the legal profession and the journalists who report on trials and proceedings.

With the support of a grant from the Institute, Justinian and the Gazette of Law and Journalism was able to keep up its scrutiny of the law and lawyers during the pandemic.

Contributors Stephen Murray and Janek Drevikovsky mastered reporting on live trials remotely. They covered a number of important matters in the public interest, including the defamation case involving ABC journalist Steve Cannane and the privacy ramifications of the COVID-19 tracing app.

Stephan Murray said: “At a time when the pressures facing the media are increasingly burdensome, JNI’s support enabled me to focus on practical issues confronting media practitioners.”

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