226.14 sec. 001 - Law in Media (Fall 2023)
Instructor: Jonathan Glater (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person
Th 08:00 AM - 09:50 AM
Location: Law 170
From August 24, 2023
To November 30, 2023
Course End: November 30, 2023
Class Number: 32182
Enroll Limit: 24
As of: 12/01 05:03 AM
This seminar will explore the role of law in and impact of law on the news media. In our class discussions, we will grapple with questions such as, how do journalists address and explain law to a lay audience? How do lawyers work with and speak to journalists? How do journalists get information and how do news media organizations navigate potential legal obstacles to publishing? What can lawyers learn from journalists about telling a story? In search of answers, we will explore how the law is presented in the media, how the news media describes legal reasoning and describes lawyers, how lawyers speak to the media, and how law enables and undermines newsgathering. Each week we will address a different aspect of the complex relationship between law and media, focusing initially on lawfully obtaining and publishing information, then examining media portrayals of judicial opinions and of the legal profession, among other topics. Students will have an opportunity to discuss and comment both on judicial opinions and on the media coverage of law and legal institutions in class discussions and in response essays written over the semester.
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Exam Notes: (None) Class requires a series of papers, assignments, or presentations throughout the semester
Course Category: Public Law and Policy
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