Covering the Courts: A Handbook for Journalists / Edition 2

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Overview

News coverage of law can be a daunting task for any journalist, especially in a time when public interest in media coverage of the courts has greatly intensified. The second edition of Covering the Courts provides the most up-to-date resources for journalists and students. Detailed descriptions of each step of the judicial process along with tips from top journalists allow for a comprehensive analysis of courtroom activities. This handbook also addresses the complex issues surrounding the free press/fair trial controversy, pre-trial publicity, and the various types of news coverage allowed across the country. New discussions include recent high-profile trials such as US v Microsoft, the 2000 presidential election, and cases relating to the terrorist attacks of 9/11. This book is a substantial resource for journalism students and journalists covering the modern legal system.

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Judicature
A must-read for any reporter whose beat might include the courts. Alexander methodically steps the reader through the processes in clear, concise style. Starting with an overview of the fair trial/free press conflict built into the First and Sixth amendments, she uses current examples from high-profile trials to illustrate how the courts and media have collided. Alexander's book is comprehensive without being overwhelming for the journalist who needs to learn about this field.
Booknews
In light of the poor coverage of high-profile trials of the past few years, former journalist Alexander (communications law, Loyala U., New Orleans) offers advice on responsible reporting for both print and broadcast media. First she overviews the judicial system and discusses the unavoidable conflict between the notions of fair trial and free press. Then she details criminal procedure to help reporters put events into a larger perspective. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742520219
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/15/2003
  • Edition description: 2nd Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.38 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

S. L. Alexander is a journalist and coordinator of communications law at Loyola University, New Orleans.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 The Judicial System Chapter 4 Criminal Procedure Chapter 5 Civil Procedure Chapter 6 Criminal Cases: Pre-Trial Coverage Chapter 7 Criminal Cases: The Trial Chapter 8 Criminal Cases: Post-Trial Activity Chapter 9 Civil Cases Chapter 10 Cameras in Courtrooms Chapter 11 Covering the Courts Part 12 Codes of Ethics Part 13 Canons, Standards, and Rules Part 14 Guidelines for Coverage

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