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:Defamation: First Amendment Limitations, NYTimes v. Sullivan, Gertz v. Welch: the other landmark decision. For 9/27, please read Chapter 5 in Siegel.

9/27: Defamation: First Amendment Limitations, NYTimes v. Sullivan, Gertz v. Welch: the other landmark decision. For 9/29, please read Chapter 5 in Siegel.

9/29: Invasions of Privacy, A tale of two law review articles, misappropriation, intrusion, false light, public disclosure. For 10/2, please read Chapters 1 and 2 in Moral Ethics.

10/2: Invasions of privacy. For 10/4, please read Chapters 1 and 2 in Moral Ethics.

10/4: Institutional pressures and truth telling. For 10/6, please read Chapter 6 in Siegel

10/6: Institutional pressures and truth telling. For 10/9, please read Chapter 6 in Siegel.

10/9: Copyright and Trademark: The law of copyright, the law of trademark.  Review for Midterm. No reading for 10/11.

10/11: Midterm.

10/13-10/17: Fall break. For 10/18, please read Chapter 17 in Media Ethics.

10/18: Censorship.  For 10/20, please read Chapter 6 in Siegel.

10/20: Copyright and Trademark. For 10/23, please read Chapter 7 in Siegel.

10/23: Finish Censorship. Begin Copyright and Trademark. No reading for 10/25. Access to information: A First Amendment right to receive messages? Access to public information: the Statutory Framework. No reading for 10/25.

10/25: More on Copyright and Trademark. For 10/27, please read Chapter 7 in Siegel.

10/27: Last session on Copyright and Trademark. For 10/30, please read Chapter 7 in Siegel.

10/30: Access to information: A First Amendment right to receive messages? The Statutory Framework. No reading for 11/1.

11/1: The mixed value of being nice: A final thought on getting information. For 11/3, please read Chapter 8 in Siegel.

11/3: 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 11/6.

11/6: Remedies that do not infringe upon freedom of the press, preventing prejudicial publicity: gag orders. No reading for 11/8.

11/8: Barring reporters from the courtroom, access to judicial documents, TV cameras in the court. Protecting news sources.  Please read Chapter 9 in Siegel for 11/10. Also, develop case brief for Bransburg v. Hayes.

11/10: Protecting News Sources. The dance of confidentiality, the First Amendment and confidential sources: Branzburg v. Hayes. State reporter shield laws, U.S. Department of Justice guidelines, newsroom searches, betraying a pledge of confidentiality. For 11/13, please read Chapter 3 in Media Ethics.

11/13: Reporters and sources.  For 11/15, please read Chapter 4 in Media Ethics.

11/15: Reporters and sources continued. For 11/20, please read Chapter 4 in Media Ethics.

11/17: Reporters and sources continued. For 11/20, please read Chapter 4

15 in Media Ethics.

11/20: Social justice. For 11/27, please read Chapter 15 in Media Ethics.

11/22-11/26: Thanksgiving break.

11/27: Profits, wealth and public trust. For 11/29, read Chapter 15 in Siegel.

11/29: Regulation of Advertising, the Supreme Court and commercial speech, statutory and regulatory approaches. For 12/1, please read Chapters 6-9 in Media Ethics.

11/29: Persuasion in Advertising, the commercialization of everyday life, advertising in an image-based media culture, the media are commercial. For 12/1, please read Chapter 11 in Siegel. Develop case brief for Miller v. California.

12/1: Sexually oriented speech, the Supreme Court defines obscenity-Miller v. California, fine-tuning the legal definition of obscenity. No reading for 12/4.

12/4: ➍ Final Paper Draft Due. Child pornography and “sexting,” Pornography as a Civil Rights issue: the Feminist Response, other means of regulating sexual materials. For 12/6, please read Chapters 10-13 in Media Ethics.

12/6: Government sponsorship of the arts. Persuasion and Public Relations. Regulation of Electronic Media. For 12/8, please read Chapters 14 and 16 in Media Ethics.

12/8: Class law-writing roject due. Violence. Media scope and death. Review for final.

FINAL EXAM:   3-6 p.m. Dec. 12