- hypothetical cases at the start of each chapter situate legal issues and get students thinking critically
- timelines show landmark cases within the backdrop of important historical events
- real world law boxes illustrate contemporary examples and emerging topics
- points of law boxes underscore key points through legal tests or useful checklists
- two excerpted cases for study - complete with case facts, an explanatory headnote and questions - conclude every chapter, eliminating the need for a separate casebook.
Unlike many revisions that simply tack on new content - adding length and undermining clarity - the updates here are fully integrated, offering the current state of media law in one comprehensive (and comprehensible) discussion.
New coverage includes:
- implications of the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing corporations and unions the right to spend unlimited amounts on political ads
- late-breaking court decisions on violence in video games and broadcast indecency
- perspectives on free speech on campus and expanded coverage of the Freedom of Information Act
- WikiLeaks' impact on a potential federal shield law
- the latest FCC guidelines on radio station ownership
- more on the laws governing online and social media publishing
- the use of new media to report from courtrooms
- new excerpted cases - Marbury v. Madison, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, City of Ontario v. Quon and Fox Television Stations, Inc. v. Federal Communications.