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Media Law and Ethics

by The Ohio State University

This course material is only available in the iTunes U app on iPhone or iPad.

Course Description

Welcome to the world of law and ethics as they pertain to Journalism and the First Amendment. This course will help you understand the basic protections and restrictions of legal precedent, as well as to see and deal with the ethical problems and dilemmas journalists face.

We will explore First Amendment rights, and journalists’ legal and ethical responsibilities and limitations while looking at them from a practical, historical and societal context. We will learn by examining--and even recreating--significant court cases that have shaped journalism law, and ethical challenges and issues that have existed throughout time and across the ever evolving forms of media.

Through a partnership with Jerry Goldman and the Oyez Project at the Kent College of Law at the Illinois Institute of Technology, we will also bring the audio of the actual U.S. Supreme Court cases as they were heard, and decided in their day. 

We will look at the ethical challenges faced by journalists--how they arise, how decisions are made, what are the ramifications for those decisions, and how journalists can we make decisions that best inform and educate the public they serve.Areas of focus will include print, electronic, broadcast and the ever-evolving social media landscape.

This is a course that changes and evolves over time as the journalistic industry changes--through technology, style and focus, and we will keep updating. 

Thanks for joining us, and feel free to follow more information on our class blog and our Facebook page.

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