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Law and Ethics for Today's Journalist A Concise Guide

ISBN-10: 0765640767
ISBN-13: 9780765640765
Edition: 2015
Authors: Joe Mathewson
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Description: Law and Ethics for Today's Journalist offers aspiring and working journalists the practical understanding of law and ethics they must have to succeed at their craft. Instead of covering every nuance of media law for diverse communications majors,  More...

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List price: $49.95
Copyright year: 2015
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 10/30/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Law and Ethics for Today's Journalist offers aspiring and working journalists the practical understanding of law and ethics they must have to succeed at their craft. Instead of covering every nuance of media law for diverse communications majors, Mathewson focuses exclusively on what's relevant for journalists. Even though media law and media ethics are closely linked together in daily journalistic practice, they are usually covered in separate volumes. Mathewson brings them together in a clear and colorful way that practicing journalists will find more useful. Everything a journalist needs to know about legal protections, limitations, and risks inherent in workaday reporting is illustrated with highlights from major court opinions. Mathewson advises journalists who must often make ethical decisions on the spot with no time for the elaborate, multi-faceted analysis. The book assigns to journalists the hard decisions on ethical questions such as whether to go undercover or otherwise misrepresent themselves in order to get a big story. The ethics chapter precedes the law chapters because ethical standards should underlie a journalist's work at all times. There may be occasions when ethics and law are not parallel, thus calling for the journalist to make a personal judgment. Law and Ethics for Today's Journalist is user-friendly, written in clear, direct, understandable language on issues that really matter to a working journalist. Supplementary reading of the actual court cases is recommended and links to most cases are provided in the text. The text includes a fine (but purposely not exhaustive) bibliography listing important and useful legal cases, including instructive appellate and trial court opinions, state as well as federal.

Preface
To the Reader: An Introduction
Courts and the Legal System
Sources of American Law
State and Federal Courts
Types of Law
Federal and State Constitutions
Statutes
Regulations
Court Rulings
Civil Law and Criminal Law
Anatomy of a Lawsuit
Court Opinions
Ethics, Root and Branch
Opportunities Forfeited
Success Under a Cloud
Classical Ethics
Virtue
Love
Rights
Duty
Utility
Professional Codes of Conduct
Concealment and Confidentiality
Conflict of Interest
Prior Restraint
Seditious Libel
Declarations of Press Freedom
Press Freedom Sustained
Near v. Minnesota
The Pentagon Papers
Prior Restraint Isn't Totally Gone
Libel
Seditious Libel and Civil Libel
New York Times v. Sullivan
Public Figures, Too
General Walker and Coach Butts
Misquotation Allowed
Private Plaintiffs
Actual Malice Proved
The Wall Street Journal in Error
Proof of Libel
Defenses to Libel
Product Disparagement
Internet Libel
Invasion of Privacy
American Origins
Five Privacy Torts
Intrusion upon Seclusion
Food Lion v. ABC
Paparazzo Restricted
Disclosure of Embarrassing Private Facts
Highly Offensive
State Privacy Statutes
Newsworthiness Defense
Intercepted Communications
Less Common Invasion of Privacy Torts
False Light
New York's Privacy Statute
Indefensible Press Conduct
Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress
Again, Actual Malice
But Private Plaintiffs Can Win
Orchestrating Police Raids
Appropriation
Defenses to Invasion of Privacy Claims
Newsworthiness
Fair Report
Libel Plus Invasion of Privacy
Fair Trial v. Free Press
Prejudicial Pretrial Publicity
Gag Orders
Closed Courtrooms
Trials
Pretrial Hearings
Access to Court Documents
Cameras in Court
Crime Coverage
Anonymous Sources and the Journalist's Privilege
Federal Law
Branzburg v. Hayes
Civil Cases Are Different
State Law
Price v. Time, Inc.
Who's a Journalist?
Copyright
The Copyright Act
Fair Use
Gerald Ford's Autobiography
Is the Use Transformative?
Digital Millennium Copyright Act
On Using Fair Use
Access to Government Documents and Meetings
Federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) of 1966
"Agency Records"
Exemptions from the FOIA
Open Meetings
Example: Illinois Statute
Reporters under Siege
Access to Prisons
Broadcast Regulation
Ownership Rules
Content Regulation
Indecency
Political Advertising
Children's Programming
Cable and Internet Regulation
Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission
Opening Wedge
Citizens United and Hillary
PACs
Super PACs
Hard Money and Soft Money
527s
"Social Welfare" Organizations
Follow the Money
The Ethical Journalist
Promises, Promises
No Government Discrimination
Today's Environment
Bibliography
Index
About the Author

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