“This is an excellent and in-depth text for a media law class. The authors provide a comprehensive look at media law and supplement the main text with a wide range of infographics that expand on the concepts and cases covered in the text.”
—Elizabeth Skews, University of Colorado Boulder
The Law of Journalism and Mass Communication, Sixth Edition offers a clear and engaging introduction to media law with comprehensive coverage and analysis of key cases for future journalists and media professionals. Students are introduced to key legal issues at the start of each chapter, building their 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 students 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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|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|
|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 for and as the Government|
|Political Campaigning and Financing Elections|
|Assembling and Speaking in Public and Nonpublic Places|
|Different Categories Trigger Distinct Treatment|
|National Security and Tranquility|
|Evolving Court Tests to Protect Disruptive Speech|
|Do Media Incite Harm?|
|Speech in the Schools|
|The Plaintiff’s Case|
|A Brief History|
|The Elements of Libel: The Plaintiff’s Case|
|Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress|
|Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress|
|Defenses and Privileges|
|Fair Report Privilege|
|Fair Comment and Criticism|
|Section 230 Immunity|
|Additional Defense Considerations|
|Conflicts Between the Press, the Government and the Right to Privacy|
|Privacy Law’s Development|
|Privacy and Data Protection|
|Electronic Privacy and the Supreme Court|
|Opportunities and Obstacles|
|Access to Places|
|Access to Government Meetings and Records|
|Promises of Confidentiality|
|Obstacles to Gathering Information|
|Obstacles to Gathering Government Information|
|Protecting Procedures and Watchdogs|
|Access to Courts and Court Records|
|Advancing Fairness in Trials|
|Advancing the Flow of News|
|From Radio to the Internet|
|Development of Broadcast Regulation|
|Broadcast Program Regulation|
|Development of Cable and Satellite Regulation|
|Multichannel Video Programming Distributors Regulation|
|Social Norms and Legal Standards|
|Protecting and Using Intangible Creations|
|When Speech and Commerce Converge|
|What Is Commercial Speech?|
|Evolving Commercial Speech Protection|
|Creating Distinctions Within Commercial Speech|
|Remedying Problems Through Executive Agencies|
The open-access Student Study Site includes the following:
- An archive of case studies provide students with the opportunity to engage directly and personally with the legal decisions that construct The Law of Journalism and Mass Communication.
- Mobile-friendly eFlashcards reinforce understanding of key terms and concepts that have been outlined in the chapters.
- Mobile-friendly practice quizzes allow for independent assessment of progress made in learning course material.
- Insightful chapter summaries to help students study and reinforce key concepts.
- Links to professional resources to help students further explore chapter concepts and to facilitate research.
Password-protected Instructor Resources include the following:
- A Microsoft® Word test bank, is available containing multiple choice, true/false, and essay questions for each chapter. The test bank provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.
- Editable, chapter-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides offer you complete flexibility in easily creating a multimedia presentation for your course.
- Lively and stimulating chapter activities that can be used in class to reinforce active learning. The activities apply to individual or group projects.
- An Instructor Manual features chapter overviews, chapter outlines, classroom activities, and links to professional resources.
- Tables and Figures are available in an easily-downloadable format for use in papers, hand-outs, and presentations