What to say

If you get handed a subpoena in open court:

“Your honor, I am a reporter employed by a [newspaper or television station] and have been subpoenaed to testify about information I obtained in that capacity. I believe that I am privileged from testifying about such information pursuant to NRS 49.275. Accordingly, I respectfully request a recess so I may contact my attorney, and so a motion may be made to quash this subpoena.”

About Barry Smith

Barry Smith is executive director of the Nevada Press Association. Before joining NPA, he was editor of the Nevada Appeal in Carson City and has been an editor, columnist and reporter.

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