The Law of Journalism and Mass Communication, Sixth Edition, by Robert Trager, Susan Dente Ross, and Amy Reynolds offers a clear and engaging introduction to media law with comprehensive coverage and analysis of key cases for future journalists and media professionals. You are introduced to key legal issues at the start of each chapter, building your critical thinking skills before progressing to real-world landmark cases that demonstrate how media law is applied today. Contemporary examples, emerging legal topics, international issues, and cutting-edge research all help you to retain and apply principles of media law in practice.
The thoroughly revised Sixth Edition has been reorganized and shortened to 12 chapters, streamlining the content and offering instructors more opportunities for classroom activities. This edition also goes beyond the judiciary—including discussions of tweets and public protests, alcohol ads in university newspapers, global data privacy and cybersecurity, libel on the internet, and free speech on college campuses—to show how the law affects the ways mass communication works and how people perceive and receive that work.
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About the Author
Robert Trager teaches courses in communication law, freedom of expression, and media institutions at the University of Colorado. He is the founding editor of Communication Law and Policy. Before joining the University of Colorado faculty, Trager was an attorney with a major cable television company and practiced media law with a firm in Washington, D.C.
Joseph Russomanno is associate professor in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. He has worked as a news reporter in radio and television and as a television news writer, newscast producer and executive producer at stations in St. Louis and Denver. He has received several awards for his broadcast work. His teaching and research focus on broadcast issues and First Amendment law.
Susan Dente Ross is professor at Washington State University where she serves as the associate dean for research in the College of Liberal Arts. She conducts research on the freedoms of speech and press and the ways in which these rights can help advance greater global equity and justice. She also is a leader in international initiatives to increase the ability of media to contribute to conflict transformation and resolution.
Table of Contents
List of FeaturesPrefaceAcknowledgmentsAbout the AuthorsCHAPTER 1. THE RULE OF LAW Law in a Changing Communication Environment Body of the Law Structure of the Judicial System Processes of the Law Finding the Law Reading Case LawCHAPTER 2. THE FIRST AMENDMENT Speech and Press Freedoms in Theory and Reality What the First Amendment Means Where the First Amendment Came From Why We Value the First Amendment When “the Press” Changes How Government Restrains First Amendment Freedoms How the Supreme Court Reviews Laws Affecting First Amendment Rights Speaking Politics Speaking for and as the Government Political Campaigning and Financing Elections Speaking Anonymously Assembling and Speaking in Public and Nonpublic Places Requiring SpeechCHAPTER 3. SPEECH DISTINCTIONS Different Categories Trigger Distinct Treatment National Security and Tranquility Evolving Court Tests to Protect Disruptive Speech Do Media Incite Harm? Speech Harms Symbolic Speech Speech in the Schools Other HarmsCHAPTER 4. LIBEL AND EMOTIONAL DISTRESS The Plaintiff’s Case A Brief History The Elements of Libel: The Plaintiff’s Case Emotional Distress Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress Negligent Infliction of Emotional DistressCHAPTER 5. LIBEL Defenses and Privileges Truth Anti-SLAPP Protection Fair Report Privilege Fair Comment and Criticism Opinion Section 230 Immunity Other Defenses Additional Defense ConsiderationsCHAPTER 6. PROTECTING PRIVACY Conflicts Between the Press, the Government and the Right to Privacy Privacy Law’s Development False Light Appropriation Intrusion Private Facts Privacy and Data Protection Electronic Privacy and the Supreme CourtCHAPTER 7. GATHERING INFORMATION Opportunities and Obstacles Access to Places Access to Government Meetings and Records Promises of Confidentiality Recording Obstacles to Gathering Information Obstacles to Gathering Government InformationCHAPTER 8. OVERSEEING THE COURTS Protecting Procedures and Watchdogs Access to Courts and Court Records Advancing Fairness in Trials Balancing Interests Advancing the Flow of NewsCHAPTER 9. ELECTRONIC MEDIA REGULATION From Radio to the Internet Development of Broadcast Regulation Broadcast Program Regulation Development of Cable and Satellite Regulation Multichannel Video Programming Distributors Regulation Internet RegulationCHAPTER 10. OBSCENITY AND INDECENCY Social Norms and Legal Standards Obscenity IndecencyCHAPTER 11. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY Protecting and Using Intangible Creations Copyright TrademarksCHAPTER 12. ADVERTISING When Speech and Commerce Converge What Is Commercial Speech? Evolving Commercial Speech Protection Creating Distinctions Within Commercial Speech Remedying Problems Through Executive AgenciesEndnotesGlossaryCase IndexSubject Index