Gillian Vernick joins RCFP’s Technology and Press Freedom project
Gillian Vernick recently joined the Journalists’ Committee for Press Freedom as the most recent member of the organization’s Technology and Press Freedom project team.
In her role, Gillian focuses on issues at the intersection of technology and press freedom, including protecting the confidentiality of journalists’ sources and moderation and regulation of content. She regularly contributes to the TPFP team newsletter, This Week in Technology + Press Freedom.
âI think in the future journalists will only rely more and more on technology, so I think it is imperative to really strengthen these rights around the right to record and the privacy of your. sources and the confidentiality of your confidential communications with those sources, âsaid Gillian. âIt’s really going to be important to have strong laws to protect journalists online.
Having studied journalism during her undergraduate studies, Gillian originally thought she would become a journalist. Instead, she decided to go to law school in the hopes of supporting and defending journalists as a media lawyer.
âI still really enjoy writing, reporting and current events, and I really wanted to stay in that area of ââfocus,â said Gillian. “I thought the perfect overlap would work somewhere like the Committee of Journalists.”
Gillian graduated from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland in 2017. She then attended the Thomas R. Kline School of Law at Drexel University, where she was a fellow of the Drexel Law Review. While in law school, she also interned with the Electronic Privacy Information Center, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the Maryland Court of Appeals.
She graduated with honors last May before joining the Committee of Journalists.
Gillian Vernick is not licensed to practice law.
The Committee of Rapporteurs regularly tables friend of the court briefs and his lawyers represent journalists and media outlets pro bono in court cases that involve First Amendment freedoms, journalists’ information collection rights and access to public information. Stay informed of our work by subscription to our monthly newsletter and follow us on twitter Where Instagram.
Photo by Anna G. Bahn