A Student's Guide to Mass Communication Law

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2005 - Business & Economics - 223 pages
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A unique learning tool for students in journalism and mass communication, A Student's Guide to Mass Communication Law is written for students by a top student. Amber Nieto and her professor John F. Schmitt--who also brings his experience as a lawyer and a journalist--have created an easy-to-read study guide to be used alongside any main textbook on media law or communication law. An outline format allows for quick reference and for instructors to choose material useful to their courses. Including a glossary and the text of the U.S. Constitution, this concise guide covers key areas such as free speech, freedom of the press, censorship, the student press, defamation and libel, privacy, intellectual property, fair trial issues, shield laws, freedom of information, obscenity, electronic media regulation, media ownership, and advertising. A Student's Guide helps students understand textbook material and serves as an ongoing refresher course on the basics of mass communication law and media law.
 

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Contents

Sources of the Law
1
Origin of American Free Speech and Free Press
14
Censorship or Prior Restraint
27
The Student Press in America
48
Injury to Reputation Defamation
55
The Right of Privacy
71
Intellectual Property
86
Prejudicial Publicity and Fair Trial Issues
99
Transparency and Freedom of Information
125
Obscenity and America
139
Regulation of Electronic Media
148
Issues Affecting Media Ownership
164
The Law of Advertising
174
Glossary
189
Constitution of the United States of America
203
About the Authors
223

Reporters Shield Laws and Other Protections
112

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2005)

Amber Nieto is a 2003 graduate of Texas State University at San Marcos. John F. Schmitt is assistant professor of mass communication at Texas State University at San Marcos.

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