A National Student Media Initiative on Rape: Some college-media students have done great work investigating issues about rape. How do we help more journalists do this important work and share training and resources? Do we need a loose coalition, a reporting project or a national conference? Hear about our progress and help us brainstorm the next steps. David Simpson, Georgia Southern University; Susan Zake, Kent State University; Frank LoMonte, Student Press Law Center   

Advisers' Guide to Establishing Policies: For new advisers: a crash course in how to set policies for your staff with a look at basic student media law and ethics. Veteran advisers will touch on topics such as social media, prior review, FERPA, libel and the FCC. 

But I Thought it was OK ... Copyright and Fair Use in the Internet Era: So what is "fair use"? And how can you know what material is copyrighted and what isn't? Is "royalty free" really free? Here's what you need to know about using materials you find on the Web, without a lot of legal gobbledygook. Frank LoMonte, Student Press Law Center     

Camera Obscura: A Snapshot of Photojournalism Ethics:     Through implementation of an ethical-decision-making model designed by philosopher Sissela Bok, we will examine a collection of controversial photographs that spark debate about what should and should not be published as "journalism." We'll also discuss First Amendment responsibilities as well as how photojournalists can serve their community through journalism. Michael Prince, Olympic College     

Covering Campus Disciplinary Systems: Federal law requires campuses to disclose statistics about who's getting disciplined for what, but those reports are wildly unreliable and almost never audited. The SPLC is putting together a nationwide project to spotlight the inadequacy of disclosure of campus disciplinary statistics. Let's talk about how you can be part of it. Frank LoMonte and Casey McDermott, Student Press Law Center

Covering Crisis: When mass shootings, natural disasters, acts of terrorism and other tragedies strike, readers need the news media more than ever. College students are no exception. Come learn from an award-winning international journalist how to best prepare for and manage coverage in a crisis, big or small.  Stephen Handelman, director of the Center on Media, Crime and Justice    

Double Session: College Radio and the FCC: Every college radio station faces serious issues involving FCC rules and regulations. From the complex -- license renewal, maintaining the public file and rules for station fundraising and underwriting -- to the (seemingly) simple task of station ID's and everyday compliance, there are legal hoops to jump through for collegiate broadcasters. The man behind Broadcast Law Blog will offer invaluable expertise on all matters FCC as they relate to college radio.        David Oxenford, Wilkinson, Barker, Knauer LLP    

Double Session: Royalties and Licensing for Streaming Radio: Let's clear up the confusion about the requirements of streaming your station's signal on the net. Learn copyright 101 for webcasting and specific issues that relate to SoundExchange royalties, forms and payments for college radio webcasters. And of course there'll be time for Q&A. Whether you have a terrestrial station or a web-only operation, this is a must-attend session for any college radio station streaming their signal on the web.  Travis Ploeger, SoundExchange                

FERPA and Violent Crimes on Campus: When reporters at Oklahoma State's The Daily O'Collegian were tipped about nearly a dozen sexual assaults against new fraternity members, they learned university officials had never contacted local police because they thought it would violate FERPA, the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. Let's discuss FERPA and how universities often get it wrong. We'll also talk about the Clery Act, which requires universities to collect and disclose information about crimes on and near campus. Frank LoMonte, Student Press Law Center

Fundamentals of Libel and Privacy Issues Facing the College Press: We live in a litigious society. Learn how your media organization can avoid the legal pitfalls of libel and privacy issues. Should you purchase libel insurance? How responsible is the editor in the eyes of the court? Bring your questions and examples to share in this interactive session. Roger Soenksen, James Madison University  

Getting the Shot Without Getting Arrested: Access Law for Broadcasters: With prosecutors filing criminal charges against people for nothing more than videotaping police on duty, broadcast reporters and producers need to know their legal rights to gather news -- and where those rights end. We'll provide updates on the latest court rulings involving "wiretapping" of police in public places and answer your legal questions about anything from copyright law to the regulation of promotional spots on noncommercial stations. Frank LoMonte, Student Press Law Center  

Hitting the Wall: Student Media Access Issues at Private Universities: Student media journalists at private universities gather information without the benefits of open access laws that apply at public institutions. Panelists will share their issues and suggestions, and the audience will be invited to do the same. Student media advisers at public colleges may also find this session helpful.  Frank LoMonte, Student Press Law Center; Colin Donohue, Elon University; Hillary Warren, Otterbein University       

How to Be a Watchdog: Using Public Records Requests to do Great Stories: Was the professor who quit teaching in the middle of the semester fired for trying to date his student? Did the board hide negative comments about the president from the public? Did the university discipline four of the starters on the basketball team who were arrested? Learn how to use public records to hold your university accountable.

Frank LoMonte, Student Press Law Center; Susan Zake, Kent State University                              

"I Can't Get a Job/Date/ Security Clearance Because of Your Website!" What's a Web editor to do when the dreaded (and inevitable) call comes demanding you remove someone's name, photo or comment from your site? When the writer of a story or column wants you to take it down? What if you published news of someone's arrest, but find out later the charges have been dropped? Do you have to remove the story? Here's what the law says about your responsibility for "unposting" content from your website. Frank LoMonte, Student Press Law Center     

In Search of Transparency: Covering Closed Presidential Searches: What would you do if your university held a secret search for its next president? Join the discussion as we discuss coverage tactics and strategies, including using public records and public persuasion to hold the university accountable to its stakeholders, including you.  Susan Zake, Kent State University; Frank LoMonte, Student Press Law Center; Michael Bragg, Appalachian State University

It's the Democalypse! Be Very Afraid! You've just taken over the United States, and as its newest dictator, you have to decide how best to control your citizens. First things first, which First Amendment freedoms do you take away? You decide, then we'll see how well you control the masses. Andrea Frantz, Buena Vista University 

Legal Issues and Digital Media: Anyone with a website, social-media presence or an app should know the legal issues involved in producing media for digital platforms. Copyright, licensing, advertising, contracts: There's a lot of information you need to know so your digital operation doesn't get you into legal hot water. The man behind Broadcast Law Blog will offer invaluable expertise on many of the issues that arise for digital media operations. David Oxenford, Wilkinson, Barker, Knauer LLP                      

Libel Law: What Not to Say: Learn the fundamentals of libel law and best practices to avoid liability in the industry, a must for anyone creating content for multiple platforms. The speaker, a former broadcast journalist and lawyer, teaches journalism and communications law. Rebecca Taylor, Siena College                                                             

Open Mic Night for Advisers: The executive director of the SPLC takes on all comers and questions from advisers in a student-free environment. Get good, plain legal advice for your student publications.          Frank LoMonte, Student Press Law Center                                       

Opinion That Matters: Everyone has an opinion. So why are opinion columns so hard to write? Coming up with compelling and insightful opinion doesn't have to be agonizing. Learn from a newspaper adviser and award-winning columnist how to find issues that matter to readers, how to "people-ize" them and, most importantly, how to bring energy and life to your commentary. Brian Thompson, Flagler College      

Out of the Purple Haze and Rolling in the Green: Marijuana and Student Newspaper: The Seattle cops gave out bags of Doritos at this year's annual Hemp Fest: Times have changed. Now it's not just High Times covering the business of pot, but college media. Sour diesel sale, superstores with shopping carts, re-purposed dental tools, dabz, organic, public safety laws, nanograms, and more, including editorial content and revenue streams for student newspapers. Do you want color in that ad? Bonne Smith, Peninsula College

Sexual Assault and Dating Violence: Reporting Tips and Campus Myths: An experienced first responder will share sexual assault and dating violence facts, stats, common myths and coverage tips. What do the victims of these traumas endure before, during and after the incidents? What role do law enforcement and professional and student media play? And what role should they play? Christina Gaudio, special investigator and victim advocate