Law and the Digital Journalist





Journalists make ethical and legal judgments every day that hinge on familiarity with First Amendment guarantees of freedom of press and speech, Fourth Amendment guarantees of the individual’s right to privacy, and Sixth Amendment guarantees of the right to a public trial by an impartial jury. Many legal transgressions occur in the field as journalists gather and report the news. Journalists unfamiliar with state and federal statutes that govern news coverage remain vulnerable to anyone willing to seek compensation or other advantage through the courts. People can sue for anything, and some news sources may use their apparent command of the law to censor, influence, or otherwise profit from ...

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