Legal & Ethical Issues
Study of statutes and significant case law affecting journalism, including libel, copyright, rights of privacy, First and Fourth Amendments, and regulations and procedures of federal regulatory agencies. A case study approach is used to examine significant ethical issues related to advertising, news gathering and reporting. The student who successfully completes this course will recognize and understand the key laws and regulations governing journalistic institutions and their employees and will be able to identify significant areas of contention regarding them. They will also develop a foundation for articulating a personal code of ethics to guide their future professional activities in mass media.