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Law Basics


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Law Basics

  1. 1. Law and Ethics Basics
  2. 2. This is a minimal presentation <ul><li>1st amendment </li></ul><ul><li>Censorship </li></ul><ul><li>Forum status (or lack thereof) </li></ul><ul><li>Online issues </li></ul><ul><li>Hazelwood v. Kumier, Tinker, the “Bong Hits 4 Jesus” case, etc…. </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Julio Granados story ( News and Observer : Raleigh 1998) Just because a story can legally be published doesn’t mean it’s okay. Journalists must still deal with the ethical issues surrounding their stories.
  4. 4. Libel law <ul><li>Libel is any published communication that falsely harms another person’s reputation </li></ul><ul><li>PHIFF checklist </li></ul><ul><li>Truth / consent defenses </li></ul>
  5. 5. Invasion of privacy <ul><li>Public disclosure of private and embarrassing facts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Red flag: grades; special ed students </li></ul></ul><ul><li>False light </li></ul><ul><li>Intrusion </li></ul><ul><li>Truth will probably not be a defense in a scholastic paper </li></ul><ul><li>Consent may not be a defense with younger students (get waiver) </li></ul>
  6. 6. Copyright <ul><li>YOU MUST HAVE CONSENT BEFORE USING PHOTOS, ART AND ANY CONTENT OFF THE INTERNET. SIMPLY CITING THE SOURCE IS NOT SUFFICIENT FOR PUBLICATION. </li></ul><ul><li>Ask your editor or me to clarify “fair use” situations </li></ul>