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Mapping the Documentary-Journalism Landscape

IDA and National Endowment for the Arts, in partnership with the Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism at the University of Missouri, created a resource guide for documentary filmmakers working on journalistic projects. This guide is designed to help filmmakers find information and make decisions that journalists make every day. Whether it be questions of what rights the First Amendment guarantees, what rights to privacy people can expect or what ethical decisions must be made when telling the stories of someone else’s life, this guide lays out a way to find that information.

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Additional Resources

  • The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP), a partner of IDA, offers pro bono legal services and publishes guides for journalists, news organizations and documentary filmmakers. You can also contact RCFP's Legal Defense and FOIA Hotline here.

  • Center for Media at Risk at the Annenberg School for Communication at University of Pennsylvania provides a hub for practical and scholarly discussions of the global media environment and how its practitioners work under threatening political conditions.