ISBN-10:
1506363229
ISBN-13:
2901506363225
Pub. Date:
12/04/2017
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Law of Journalism and Mass Communication / Edition 6

Law of Journalism and Mass Communication / Edition 6

by Robert E. TragerRobert E. Trager
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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2901506363225
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 12/04/2017
Edition description: Sixth Edition
Pages: 704
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

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.

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.

Amy Reynolds is dean of the College of Communication and Information at Kent State University. Her research focuses on dissent, First Amendment history, and media sociology. She has written or edited seven books. Prior to becoming a dean, she was a journalism professor at Louisiana State University and Indiana University. Before earning her Ph D at the University of Texas, she worked as a reporter, producer, and editor at newspapers and television stations.


Table of Contents

List of Features
Preface
Acknowledgments
About the Authors
CHAPTER 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 Law
CHAPTER 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 Speech
CHAPTER 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 Harms
CHAPTER 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 Distress
CHAPTER 5. LIBEL
Defenses and Privileges
Truth
Anti-SLAPP Protection
Fair Report Privilege
Fair Comment and Criticism
Opinion
Section 230 Immunity
Other Defenses
Additional Defense Considerations
CHAPTER 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 Court
CHAPTER 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 Information
CHAPTER 8. OVERSEEING THE COURTS
Protecting Procedures and Watchdogs
Access to Courts and Court Records
Advancing Fairness in Trials
Balancing Interests
Advancing the Flow of News
CHAPTER 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 Regulation
CHAPTER 10. OBSCENITY AND INDECENCY
Social Norms and Legal Standards
Obscenity
Indecency
CHAPTER 11. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
Protecting and Using Intangible Creations
Copyright
Trademarks
CHAPTER 12. ADVERTISING
When Speech and Commerce Converge
What Is Commercial Speech?
Evolving Commercial Speech Protection
Creating Distinctions Within Commercial Speech
Remedying Problems Through Executive Agencies
Endnotes
Glossary
Case Index
Subject Index

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