Demonstrates the practical realities of media law in a succinct reference guide
Written by a media lawyer who works in-house for a national news organization and also teaches media law, A Practical Guide to Media Law is intended to help non-lawyers understand the legal issues involved in modern communications and journalism. It is particularly useful for future journalists, who need to be trained in the legal issues that will affect their work; but it is also an excellent guide for anyone who communicates in any capacity: tweeting, Facebooking, commenting, blogging, posting photos, managing public relations, running a website, etc. It’s a training manual for the real world of communication.
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Ashley Messenger is Associate General Counsel for NPR, specializing in First Amendment and media law issues. She has previously served as Editorial Counsel to U.S. News & World Report, a Fellow at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, and a radio talk show host. She has been practicing law for nearly 20 years, almost entirely in the field of media law.
She is an adjunct faculty member in the School of Communication at American University, where she has taught media law for graduate and undergraduate students since 2002. She has also taught similar classes at George Washington University and George Mason University. In the fall of 2013, she will be a visiting adjunct at the University of Michigan School of Law, teaching First Amendment law.
Professional honors and leadership roles include being a member of the Media Institute’s First Amendment Advisory Council; co-chair of the Media Law Resource Center’s Pre-Publication/Pre-Broadcast Review Committee; Vice Chair of the D.C. Bar Media Law Committee; and on the governing board of the ABA Forum on Communications Law. She received a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a J.D. from Pepperdine University.
Part I: Introductory Material
Preface: How to Use This Book
Chapter 1: Court Systems, Citation, and Procedure
Chapter 2: The First Amendment – Theory and Practice
Part II: When Can You Be Sued (Or Prosecuted) For The Information You Publish?
Chapter 3: Libel: The Risk of Criticism, Insults and Trash Talk
Chapter 4: Privacy: Publishing Private, Embarrassing or Sensitive Information
Chapter 5: Using Someone’s Name or Likeness
Chapter 6: Copyright: Issues With Creating Content or Using Other People’s Content
Chapter 7: Use of Trademarks, Logos, Slogans and Product Names
Chapter 8: Publishing Photos, Images, or Other Illustrations
Chapter 9: Use of Music
Chapter 10: Content that May Result in Personal Injury
Part III: Legal Issues in the Newsgathering Process
Chapter 11: Access to Information/Places/Events
Chapter 12: Newsgathering
Part IV: How Does the Government Regulate or Interfere with Speech?
Chapter 13: Being Subpoenaed or Searched
Chapter 14: Speaking, Disseminating, or Protesting in Public Places
Chapter 15: Punishing or Restricting Sensitive or Offensive Topics
Chapter 16: Political Speech, Elections and Campaigns
Chapter 17: Ads/Promotions/Marketing
Chapter 18: Television & Radio—FCC Regulation
Chapter 19: Special Classes of Speakers
Part V: Special Considerations in the Modern Era
Chapter 20: How the Internet has Affected Publishing and the Law
Chapter 21: Practical Issues Related to Media Law