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Covering the Courts: A Handbook for Journalists


Detailed descriptions of each step of the judicial process along with tips from top journalists allow for a comprehensive analysis of courtroom activities.
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Detailed descriptions of each step of the judicial process along with tips from top journalists allow for a comprehensive analysis of courtroom activities.
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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 (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761812968
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 12/28/1998
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.21 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
1 Introduction 1
2 The Judicial System 11
Free Press/Fair Trial
Cameras in Courts
3 Criminal Procedure 21
The Pre-Trial Process
The Trial
Post-Trial Proceedings
4 Civil Procedure 39
The Civil Trial
Federal Courts and Special Court Proceedings
5 Criminal Cases: Pre-Trial Coverage 45
Access to Records
Grand Jury Proceedings
Hearings and Plea Bargains
6 Criminal Cases: The Trial 55
Who's Who in the Courtroom
Trial Procedure
7 Criminal Cases: Post-Trial Activity 71
8 Civil Cases 77
9 Cameras in Courtrooms 85
Development of Courtroom Cameras
Guidelines for Courtroom Cameras
10 Covering the Courts 93
Working with Lawyers
Working with Judges
Enterprise Stories
App. A Codes of Ethics 111
App. B Canons, Standards, and Rules 121
App. C Guidelines for Coverage 135
Glossary 139
Selected Bibliography 157
Index 169
About the Author 173
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