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JRN421 Legal Issues in Journalism

Lead Faculty: Dr. Sara-Ellen L. Amster Ph.D

Course Description

This course focuses on the legal 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. The class will provide students with both a theoretical understanding of the legal issues in journalism and practical knowledge of how to apply that understanding in the conduct of their professional work gathering and disseminating information. In addition students learn to manage the responsibilities that such rights entail and to respond to limits on those rights.