Tentative Schedule

8/23: Introduction to the class, the syllabus and to each other.  For Friday, please read Chapter 1 in Siegel.

8/25: The American Legal System. For Monday, read Chapter 2 in Siegel.

8/28: The Development of Freedom of Speech. No reading for Wednesday.

8/30: First Amendment continued: Prior restraint, free expression, First Amendment doctrines, regulating the business of communication.  communication law in special settings. No reading for Friday.

9/1: Communication law in special settings. For Wednesday, please read Chapter 3 in Siegel.

9/4: No class. Labor Day.

9/6: Defamation: Common Law elements, elements of a libel suit, common law and statutory defenses to libel. For Friday, read the Introduction in your Media Ethics book.

9/8: Defamation: Common Law elements, elements of a libel suit, common law and statutory defenses to libel. For Monday, read the Introduction in your Media Ethics book.

9/11: Defamation: Common Law elements, elements of a libel suit, common law and statutory defenses to libel. For Wednesday, read the Introduction in your Media Ethics book.

9/13: Ethical foundations and perspectives. No reading for Sept. 15.

9/15: Guest speaker: Tim Linscott, Fairbury Journal News. For Sept. 18, please read Chapter 5 in Moral Ethics. For 9/18, please read Chapter 4 in Siegel.

9/18: Defamation: First Amendment Limitations, NYTimes v. Sullivan, Gertz v. Welch: the other landmark decision. For Sept. 20, please read Chapter 5 in Siegel

9/20: Ethical foundations and perspectives. For 9/22, please read Chapter 4 in Siegel.

9/22: Defamation: First Amendment Limitations, NYTimes v. Sullivan, Gertz v. Welch: the other landmark decision. For 9/25, please read Chapter 5 in Siegel.

9/25: Invasions of Privacy, A tale of two law review articles, misappropriation, intrusion, false light, public disclosure. For Sept. 27, please read Chapters 1 and 2 in Moral Ethics.

9/27: Institutional pressures and truth telling. For Sept. 29, please read Chapter 6 in Siegel.

9/29: Copyright and Trademark: The law of copyright, the law of trademark.  For 10/2, please read Chapter 17 in Media Ethics.

10/2: Censorship. For 10/4, please read Chapter 7 in Siegel.

10/4: Access to information: A First Amendment right to receive messages? Access to public information: the Statutory Framework. No reading for 10/6.

10/6: The mixed value of being nice: A final thought on getting information. For Oct. 9, please read Chapter 8 in Siegel.

10/9: Reporting on the judiciary, a clash of rights, the contempt power, trial judges’ burden of proof, the Supreme Court and the fugitive. No reading for Oct. 11.

10/11: Remedies that do not infringe upon freedom of the press, preventing prejudicial publicity: gag orders. Midterm review. No reading for Oct. 13.

10/13: Midterm. No reading for 10/18.

10/14-17: Fall break. For Oct. 20, please read Chapter 9 in Siegel.

10/18: Barring reporters from the courtroom, access to judicial documents, TV cameras in the court. Please read Chapter 9 in Siegel for 10/20.

10/20: Protecting news sources, the dance of confidentiality, the First Amendment and confidential sources: Branzburg v. Hayes. No reading for Oct. 20.

10/20: State reporter shield laws, U.S. Department of Justice guidelines, newsroom searches, betraying a pledge of confidentiality. For Oct. 23, please read Chapter 3 in Media Ethics.

10/23: Reporters and sources.  For Oct. 25, please read Chapter 4 in Media Ethics.

10/25: Social justice. For Oct. 27, please read Chapter 15 in Media Ethics.

10/27: Profits, wealth and public trust. For Oct. 30, please read Chapter 10 in Siegel.

10/30: Regulation of Advertising, the Supreme Court and commercial speech, statutory and regulatory approaches. For Nov. 1, please read Chapters 6-9 in Media Ethics.

11/1: Persuasion in Advertising, the commercialization of everyday life, advertising in an image-based media culture, the media are commercial. For Nov. 3, please read Chapter 11 in Siegel.

11/3: Sexually oriented speech, the Supreme Court defines obscenity-Miller v. California, fine-tuning the legal definition of obscenity. No reading for Nov. 6..

11/6: Child pornography and “sexting,” Pornography as a Civil Rights issue: the Feminist Response, other means of regulating sexual materials. No reading for Nov. 8.

11/8: Government sponsorship of the arts. For Nov. 10, please read Chapters 10-14 in Media Ethics.

11/10: Persuasion and Public Relations. For Nov. 13, please read Chapter 12 in Siegel.

11/13: Regulation of Electronic Media. For Nov. 15, please read Chapter 14 in Media Ethics.

11/15: Violence. For Nov. 17, please read Chapter 16 in Media Ethics.

11/17: Media scope and death. No reading for Nov. 20.

11/20: Discussion of papers/project. Work on papers/project. No reading for Nov. 27.

11/22-11/26: Thanksgiving break.

11/27: Workshop on papers/project.

11/29: Workshop on papers/project.

12/1: Workshop on papers project.

12/4: Workshop.

12/6: Workshop

12/8: Review for final.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

M 12/2              Ethics: Violence                                                           C, F, R, K & W, Chapter 14

Final Paper Draft Due

 

W 12/4             Ethics: Media Scope and Depth                                               C, F, R, K & W, Chapter 16

 

F 12/6               Loosey-goosey left-over time to catch up

 

 

FINAL EXAM:   Thursday, December 12, 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.