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Media Law and Ethics

5th Edition

By Roy L. Moore, Michael D. Murray, Mike Farrell, Kyu Ho Youm

© 2018 – Routledge

652 pages

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Media Law and Ethics is a truly comprehensive overview and a thoughtful introduction to media law principles and cases as well as related ethical concerns relevant to the practice of professional communication. This is the first textbook to explicitly integrate both media law and ethics within one volume. Since it integrates both current law and ethical queries, it is ideal for both undergraduate and graduate courses in media law and ethics. New co-author Dr. Kyu Ho Youm helps provide this new edition with an international scope, having written a chapter in the previous edition on international and foreign law. The book also covers the most timely and incendiary issues in modern American media. The new fifth edition has been updated with current events, and discusses the potential impact they have.

Table of Contents


Preface to the Fifth Edition

About the Authors


1 Sources and Types of American Law

2 The U.S. Legal System

3 The Judicial Process

4 The Meaning of the First Amendment

5 Ethical Dilemmas, Issues and Concerns in Mass Communication

6 Reporters’ Privilege

7 Prior Restraint

8 Corporate and Commercial Speech

9 Electronic Mass Media and Telecommunications

10 Libel

11 Right of Privacy

12 Press and Public Access to the Judicial Processes

13 Indecency, Obscenity, and Pornography

14 Intellectual Property

15 International and Foreign Law

About the Authors

Roy L. Moore is Professor Emeritus of Journalism at the University of Kentucky and retired Professor of Journalism and former Dean of the College of Mass Communication (now College of Media and Entertainment) at Middle Tennessee State University. He holds a Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a J.D. from the Georgia State University College of Law.

Michael D. Murray is UM Board of Curators' Distinguished Teaching Professor on the UM-St. Louis campus. He has taught at Virginia Tech, University of Louisville and was founding director of the Greenspun School of Journalism at UNLV. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia and was recently elected the first Governor Emeritus of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for Mid-America.

J. Michael Farrell is Professor in the School of Journalism and Media at the University of Kentucky. He earned a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Kentucky after a nearly 20-year career at The Kentucky Post. He is currently the director of the Scripps Howard First Amendment Center at the University of Kentucky, and also serves on the Freedom of Information and Ethics committees of the Society of Professional Journalists. He was chosen for the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame in 2017.

Kyu Ho Youm is Professor and Jonathan Marshall First Amendment Chair at the University of Oregon. His research on freedom of expression has been widely cited by U.S. and foreign courts, including the British House of Lords, the High Court of Australia, the Supreme Court of Canada, and the Supreme Court of the Philippines. His research is used extensively by U.S. and international lawyers representing clients in press freedom litigation and international media. He holds a Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and graduate law degrees from Oxford University and Yale Law School.

About the Series

Routledge Communication Series

The Routledge Communication Series covers the breadth of the communication discipline, from interpersonal communication to public relations, offering textbooks, handbooks, and scholarly reference materials.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies
LAW / Media & the Law