law and ethics

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Based on the Standards for Journalism Educators from the Journalism Education Association, this slide show addresses key concepts, court cases and issues related to Standard 1A.4: A solid foundation in law and ethics as it applies to scholastic media, including First Amendment-related rights and responsibilities; and 1B.5: Law and ethics as it relates to scholastic media and its importance in practice. The information here is designed to serve as a study list for those preparing to take the CJE exam or as a possible outline for teachers planning a basic law and ethics unit for a high school journalism classroom.

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law and ethics

  1. 1. Thursday, February 24, 2011
  2. 2. JEA standards • 1A.4. A solid foundation in law and ethics as it applies to scholastic media, including First Amendment-related rights and responsibilities • 1A.5. Law and ethics as it relates to scholastic media and its importance in practice • court cases • legal definitions • ethical frameworksThursday, February 24, 2011
  3. 3. the basics • court cases that relate to student media: – Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District – Bethel School District v. Fraser – Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier – Morse v. Frederick (Bong Hits) – Yeo v. Town of Lexington (ads) – Dean v. Utica Community SchoolsThursday, February 24, 2011
  4. 4. the basics • definitions of unprotected speech – libel – copyright – obscenity – disruption – invasion of privacyThursday, February 24, 2011
  5. 5. the basics • other important definitions and concepts – censorship – prior review – First Amendment – cybermedia legal issues – protecting sources – access • Sunshine and open meeting laws • FOIAThursday, February 24, 2011
  6. 6. the basics • ethical issues Law asks, “Could we do it?” Ethics asks, “Should we do it?” • balanced coverage • what’s necessary to cover the topic? • biases and slants • the need for transparency • anonymous sourcesThursday, February 24, 2011
  7. 7. where to look • Student Press Law Center <www.splc.org> • Law of the Student Press (3rd edition) • JEA’s Scholastic Press Rights Commission <jeapressrights.org> • JEA’s Scholastic Press Rights Commission blog <jeasprc.org>Thursday, February 24, 2011
  8. 8. getting answers • contact me: cbowen@kent.edu • commission chair Mark Newton: marknewt@comcast.net • Press Rights commission chair John Bowen jbowen1007@aol.com • JEA web site > Press Rights Commission • study guide online at www.jea.org/certification • follow us on Twitter @jeaCertified or @jeapressrightsThursday, February 24, 2011

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