Mass Media Law - LAW 7302-3 Hours
This course uses an interdisciplinary approach to examine the changing role of the press in today's society and the legal questions that arise from this "no holds barred" environment — particularly in terms of litigation. Students enrolled in the course will use materials from law and journalism to examine, among other issues, who comprises the media, newsworthiness, and the Internet's impact on news and media. Students will also examine problems involving potential civil liability for journalistic practices (such as invasion of privacy, defamation, and tortuous interference with contracts) as well as the state and constitutional law defenses to such claims. The course may also include a day trip to a major media outlet or in-class discussions with journalists who currently work in the field.
Spring 2010 Section 001
Professor Barbara Schlichtman