In this episode of the Lubetkin on Communications podcast, we talk with Mickey Osterreicher, general counsel of the National Press Photographers Association about freedom of the press, constraints imposed by government on the working press, and the challenges facing journalists in the current media environment.
Earlier this year, Mickey helped organize a panel discussion at Temple University to brief journalists on their rights to make photos and video recordings during the expected street demonstrations and protests at the Democratic National Convention. We produced a podcast from that panel discussion that you can hear here.
About the Guest
Mickey Osterreicher is experienced in contract, media, copyright and First Amendment Law. He has been actively involved in matters such as cameras in the courtroom, the federal shield law, media access, public photography, orphan works and copyright infringement. He handles legal and public relations analysis, multi-media communications, risk assessment and planning as well as policy development and implementation. Mickey is known for identifying, assessing and communicating well under adverse circumstances with short deadlines, as he possess years of experience dealing with fast-breaking and complex issues.
Mickey was involved with the drafting of the Fair Trial/Free Press and Cameras in the Courtroom section of the New York State Bar Association Journalists’ Handbook. He writes regularly for the Media Law Resource Center and the National Press Photographers Association’s magazine as well as other online publications and has been quoted in the news nationally on these issues. Additionally, Mickey has been an adjunct lecturer in Photojournalism at the State University of New York at Buffalo and an adjunct law professor in media and the law at the SUNY Buffalo Law School.
He serves as general counsel to the National Press Photographers Association and is an award-winning photojournalist with almost 40 years of experience. Mickey’s work has appeared in such publications as the New York Times, Newsweek and USA Today as well as on ABC World News Tonight, Nightline, Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News and ESPN.