The Law of Journalism and Mass Communication / Edition 2

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Mining an intense commitment and driving vision to reach today's students, combined with teaching experience of nearly 50 years, the authors of this new text offer an exciting alternative in the field of mass media law. Highly praised by reviewers, the book's dynamic visual design and innovative pedagogy engage contemporary students--complementing the comprehensive coverage and organization seen in traditional texts. The Law of Journalism and Mass Communication features a wealth of new elements and strategies that encourage students to read the text closely and aid in critical evaluation of the complex and shifting field of media law.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608716692
  • Publisher: Congressional Quarterly, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/11/2011
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 824
  • Sales rank: 1,282,070
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Russomanno is currently an Associate Professor in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. He has been there since 1994. His teaching includes mass communication law and First Amendment theory courses. He received his Ph.D. in communication from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 1993. A former broadcast journalist, he has authored several journal articles and one other book, Speaking Our Minds: Conversations with the People Behind Landmark First Amendment Cases.

Susan Dente Ross is director of AccessNorthwest, a freedom of information center, and associate professor in the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication at Washington State University. She earned her PhD in mass communication with an emphasis on law in 1996 from the University of Florida, where she served as a research fellow in the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information. A Fulbright Scholar in Greece for 2005, she is a past head of the Law Division of the Association for Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication. She is a former reporter, editor and newspaper owner and has written or co-authored two books. Her research on the law and on media framing is widely published in scholarly journals in communication and law. Her research focuses on freedom of speech for people at the margins of society and on media framing of international violence and disenfranchised groups.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Rule of Law

Sources of the Law

The Court System

The Supreme Court

The Case Process

Finding the Law

Chapter 2: The First Amendment

The Origins of the First Amendment

Foundations of First Amendment Theory

First Amendment Values

Contemporary Prior Restraints

Content-Neutral and Content-Based Laws

Public Forums

Media Emergence, Convergence & Consolidation

Chapter 3: Disruptive Speech: Threats to Social Stability and Personal Safety

Threats to National Security

Clear and Present Danger

Hate Speech


Hostile Audiences

Compelled Speech

Chapter 4: Libel: The Plaintiff’s Case

Some Contemporary Issues

A Brief History

Statement of Fact







Chapter 5: Libel: Defense Issues and Strategies



Fair Comment and Criticism

Letters to the Editor

Fair Report Privilege

Parody/Rhetorical Hyperbole

Summary Judgment


Neutral Reportage

Wire Service Defense

Single Publication Rule

Libel-Proof Plaintiff

Single Mistake Rule

Statue of Limitations


Chapter 6: Privacy in a Global, Mediated World:
Challenges to Personal Privacy

Sources of privacy protection

Privacy law’s development



Private facts


Government Responses to Privacy Concerns

Chapter 7: Emotional Distress, Physical Harm, and Other Dangers

Emotional Distress

Physical harm

Other Dangers

Chapter 8: Media and the Courts:
Preserving Public Trials and Preventing Prejudice

Fair trials and prejudicial speech

Gag orders

Access to Trials

Access to Court Records

Chapter 9: Newsgathering for Converging Media:
Pitfalls and Protections

• Access to Public Records

• Access to Public Meetings

• Access to Courtrooms and Court Records

• Access to Electronic Records and Virtual Meetings

• Access to Crime Scenes and Events of Public Interest

Chapter 10: Reporter’s Privilege:
Protecting the Watchdogs

Reporter’s Privilege

Breaking Promises

Search Warrants

Chapter 11: Advertising:
The Convergence of Speech and Commerce

• First Amendment Protection for Commercial Speech

• Federal, State and Industry Advertising Restrictions

• Economic & Business Considerations

Chapter 12: Broadcast, Cable, DBS, and Internet Regulation

The development of electronic media regulation

Broadcast regulation

Cable television regulation

Direct broadcast satellites


Chapter 13: Offensive Speech:
Social Norms and Legal Standards

Comstock and Hicklin

Current obscenity definition

Broadcast indecency

Television program ratings and the V-chip

Cable indecency

Internet indecency

Public funds for “pornographic” art

Labeling recordings

Restricting adult stores through zoning

Dial-a-porn: telephone indecency

Chapter 14: Special Concerns About Children & Schools:Unique Harms and Conflicting Interests

Vulnerable students

Other vulnerable groups and other contexts

Speech in public schools

Speech in universities

Chapter 15: Intellectual Property:
Encouraging and Protecting Creativity in an Interconnected Electronic World

• Copyright

• Trademark

• Challenges of Digitization


Case Index

Subject Index

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