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The SAGE Guide to Key Issues in Mass Media Ethics and Law

The SAGE Guide to Key Issues in Mass Media Ethics and Law

Two Volume Set
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Media Law & Ethics

April 2015 | 968 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

This two-volume, issues-based reference set, available in both print and electronic formats, surveys varied views on many of the most contentious issues involving mass media ethics and the law.  The focus is on matters that regularly provide front-page headlines concerning rights and responsibilities of both speech and press, libel, technological threats to privacy, paparazzi and celebrities, sensationalism in media coverage of high-profile trials, cameras in the courtroom, federal and state freedom of information and “sunshine” laws, checkbook journalism, use of confidential sources, national security concerns and the press, digital duplication and deception, fair use, rights of celebrities, plagiarism and more. 


Collectively, this guide assesses key contentious issues and legal precedents, noting current ethical and legal trends and likely future directions.


Topics explored in each section include:


·         Ethical responsibilities versus legal rights

·         Newsgathering and access

·         Privacy

·         Libelous reporting

·         Business considerations

·         Changing rules with social media and the internet


Features include:

  • Six thematic sections that consist of approximately a dozen chapters each written by eminent scholars and practitioners active in the field.
  • Sections open with a general Introduction by the volume editors and conclude with a wrap-up "Outlook" section to highlight likely future trends.
  • Chapters follow a common organizational outline of a brief overview of the issue at hand, historical background and precedent, and presentation of various perspectives (pro, con, mixed) to the issue.
  • "See Also" cross references guide readers to related chapters and references and further readings guide users to more in-depth resources for follow-up.
  • The two-volume set concludes with an extensive Index. 



Mark Sableman
Data Privacy
Mark Sableman
Opinion and Libel
Mark Sableman
Television Cameras inthe Courts
Social Media in the Courtroom
Eric Robinson
Online Reporting
Eric Robinson
International Influence on United States Copyright
As mass media of all types flourishes and ethicists struggle to describe media norms, media law as a focus of research and practice has taken a pummeling.  SAGE offers this "guide to the key issues" to clarify matters.... The editors demonstrate their journalism chops with these well-selected, engagingly written essays.  Contributors range from attorneys and practicing journalists to academic instructors and researchers across the spectrum of media and communications....This excellent survey is a compelling purchase for libraries serving mass media and communications programs. Summing Up: Recommended. All academic audiences; general readers; professionals/practitioners.
A. Schmitt
St. Louis Community College at Meramec

William A. Babcock

William A. "Bill" Babcock (Ph.D. Southern Illinois University, 1979) is Senior Scholar/Professor of media ethics at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and Deputy Director of SIUC's School of Journalism. Babcock also serves as Editor of Gateway Journalism Review. He also worked at the Christian Science Monitor as senior international news editor and writing coach, directed the University of Minnesota Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law, and was founding chairman of the Media Ethics Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. More About Author

William H. Freivogel

William "Bill" Freivogel (JD, Washington University Law School, 2001) is University Professor and Director of the School of Journalism at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. He began a journalism career with the Post-Dispatch in 1971, and he worked for many years in the paper's Washington bureau. He returned to St. Louis to become the deputy editorial page editor in 1997. In 1987 Freivogal was the main contributor to a newspaper series on the bicentennial of the Constitution that won the Benjamin Franklin Award. He also was a finalist for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize in editorial writing. He shared the Investigative Reporters and... More About Author

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