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5th Edition

Media Law and Ethics

ISBN 9781138282469
Published November 8, 2017 by Routledge
694 Pages

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Book Description

Media Law and Ethics is a 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 fi rst 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. Co-author Kyu Ho Youm expands this edition’s international scope, updating and broadening his chapter on international and foreign law. The book also covers the most timely and controversial 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

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

6 The Reporter's Privilege

7 Prior Restraint

8 Corporate and Commercial Speech

9 Electronic Media

10 Libel

11 Right of Privacy

12 Press and Public Access to the Judicial Processes, Records, Places, and Meetings

13 Indecency, Obscenity, and Pornography

14 Intellectual Property

15 International and Foreign Law

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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.


A comprehensive and easily consumable look at modern and historical media law, commingled with the ethical issues that shape how the media does its job. Filled with applicable examples that help the law come to life—and help students understand why and how media law and ethics impact every day how reporters do their jobs.

-Nicole Kraft, Ohio State University, USA