JRN421 Journalism Law and Ethics

Lead Faculty: Dr. Sara Kelly

Course Description

Focuses closely on the legal and ethical aspects of journalism and the ways professional journalists exercise the rights of the press and free expression guaranteed them by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Provides students with both a theoretical understanding of the legal and ethical issues in journalism and practical knowledge of how to apply that understanding in the conduct of their professional work gathering and disseminating information. Students also learn to manage the responsibilities that such rights entail and to respond to limits on those rights.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate understanding of the major theories used by the Supreme Court in deciding First Amendment cases.
  • Exhibit understanding of the role the First Amendment plays in a democratic society.
  • Identify and apply ethical standards in journalism practice.