Covering the Courts: A Handbook for Journalists / Edition 2

Covering the Courts: A Handbook for Journalists / Edition 2

by S. L. Alexander
     
 

ISBN-10: 0742520218

ISBN-13: 9780742520219

Pub. Date: 04/15/2003

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

Covering the Courts fills a great need in the journalism field that the extensive coverage of the O.J. Simpson trial exposed in all forms of media. This handbook provides a guide for those journalists covering the courts in America by detailing the knowledge and techniques necessary to report on the courts effectively and responsibly. The author presents an overview…  See more details below

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Covering the Courts fills a great need in the journalism field that the extensive coverage of the O.J. Simpson trial exposed in all forms of media. This handbook provides a guide for those journalists covering the courts in America by detailing the knowledge and techniques necessary to report on the courts effectively and responsibly. The author presents an overview of the judicial system, focusing on the unavoidable fair trial/free press conflicts and criminal procedure, so that journalists can gain the necessary perspective for accurate coverage, since criminal cases are estimated to make up as much as one half of typical news coverage in newspapers and on television. Because of this, an in-depth description of the process of covering all aspects of criminal trials is included, as well as specific suggestions for improving coverage. In addition, the author deals with civil cases, the crucial matter of courtroom cameras, and also provides tips and suggestions from many working journalists. The author also provides a glossary of legal terms designed for journalists, and appendices that include a journalistic code of ethics, judicial and bar canons, and standards and samples of guidelines for the use of cameras in the courts.

Author Biography: S.L. Alexander is Assistant Professor of Communications at Loyola University in New Orleans and a former television producer and reporter, and newspaper editor.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742520219
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
04/15/2003
Edition description:
2nd Edition
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
6.08(w) x 9.38(h) x 0.78(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
Preface
1Introduction1
2The Judicial System11
Free Press/Fair Trial
Cameras in Courts
3Criminal Procedure21
The Pre-Trial Process
The Trial
Post-Trial Proceedings
4Civil Procedure39
The Civil Trial
Federal Courts and Special Court Proceedings
5Criminal Cases: Pre-Trial Coverage45
Access to Records
Grand Jury Proceedings
Hearings and Plea Bargains
6Criminal Cases: The Trial55
Who's Who in the Courtroom
Trial Procedure
7Criminal Cases: Post-Trial Activity71
Sentencing
Appeals
8Civil Cases77
9Cameras in Courtrooms85
Development of Courtroom Cameras
Guidelines for Courtroom Cameras
10Covering the Courts93
Working with Lawyers
Working with Judges
Enterprise Stories
Conclusion
App. ACodes of Ethics111
App. BCanons, Standards, and Rules121
App. CGuidelines for Coverage135
Glossary139
Selected Bibliography157
Index169
About the Author173

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