Course: Mass Media and the Law (CO-238-1) 

Increasingly, the connection between mass media and legal institutions is becoming complex and intertwined. This course will examine the laws that govern mass media in light of the First Amendment and the "Right to Privacy." Freedom of the press and freedom of expression will be explored. Federal agencies such as the FCC and FTC and their regulatory functions will be presented and discussed. Some attention will be given to cameras in the courtroom and the mass media's role in covering high profile trials. The political uses of mass media, presidential debates and the increasingly important roles that mass media play in elections will be covered as related topics. In addition to general readings, students will be presented with specific cases for examination. Generally offered yearly. 3 credits

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