5The economic function.Advertising carried in the media helps to stimulate the economy and provide consumers with information about available products and services.
6The record-keeping function. Through the records kept by the news media, we know who is born, gets married, gets divorced, dies, who won the game, etc.
7The First AmendmentPowerpoint taken from Introduction to Journalism by Dianne Smith
8The First AmendmentCongress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
945 words guarantee 5 basic freedoms Religionno religion can be forced on Americansno American can be prohibited from worshiping
1045 words guarantee 5 basic freedoms SpeechAmericans are free to express their opinions, based upon their own value systems (based on the freedom of religion, previous slide)
1145 words guarantee 5 basic freedoms PressAmericans are free to print the truth, and Congress cannot require any kind of licensing for journalists; all Americans have this freedom
1245 words guarantee 5 basic freedoms AssemblyAmericans have the freedom to gather in public places for meetings, for worship, as spectators.
1345 words guarantee 5 basic freedoms PetitionAmericans have the right to petition the government for change and have the right to petition at the ballot box.
14What the First Amendment Really Means Are you really free to say anything you want to say?Powerpoint taken from Introduction to Journalism by Dianne Smith
15What the First Amendment means: The First Amendment is viewpoint neutral.All ideas are protected.The way in which ideas are expressed may be subject to some controls.
17What the First Amendment means: Only the government is prevented from imposing restrictions on freedom of expression.One exception: Public schools (government agents) can prevent expression that would lead to a material and substantial disruption of the school day and can limit expression for legitimate, pedagogical reasons.
18What the First Amendment means: Private businesses can restrict expression on their property, Web sites.Individuals can restrict expression in their homes and on their property.
19Material not protected By the First AmendmentPowerpoint taken from Introduction to Journalism by Dianne Smith
20Material that is obscene as to minors Must meet all three of the following requirements to be considered obscene as to minors:The average person, applying contemporary community standards, would find that the publication, taken as a whole, appeals to a minor’s prurient interest in sex;
21Material that is obscene as to minors Must meet all three of the following requirements to be considered obscene as to minors:The publication depicts or describes, in a patently offensive way, sexual conduct such as ultimate sexual acts (normal or perverted), masturbation and lewd exhibition of the genitals; and
22Material that is obscene as to minors Must meet all three of the following requirements to be considered obscene as to minors:The work, taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value.
23Material that is obscene as to minors According to this definition, indecent or vulgar language is not obscene. Words are not obscene in an of themselves.
24Libelous materialLibelous statements are provably false and unprivileged statements of fact that cause injury to an individual’s or business’s reputation in the community.
25Libelous materialPublic officials and public figures have less protection than private citizens.A public official is a person who holds an elected or appointed office and exercises a significant amount of government authority: Mayor, Governor, President, etc.
26Libelous materialPublic officials and public figures have less protection than private citizens.School employees will be considered public officials or public figures in relationship to articles in the school media which concern their school-related activities.
27Libelous materialWhen an allegedly libelous statement concerns an individual who is not a public official or public figure, it must be proven that the false statement was published willfully or negligently; i.e., the journalist who wrote or published the statement has failed to exercise reasonably prudent care.
28Libelous materialIf the allegedly libelous statement concerns an individual who is a public official or public figure, it must be proven that the statement was made with actual malice.
29Libelous materialJournalists, including student journalists, are allowed to express opinions. Specifically, they maycriticize policy or the performance of teachers, administrators, school officials and other school employees.
30Disruption is defined as: Material that will cause a “material and substantial disruption” of school activitiesDisruption is defined as:Student riotingUnlawful seizure of propertyDestruction of propertySubstantial student participation in a boycott
31Material that will cause a “material and substantial disruption” of school activities For student media to be considered disruptive, specific facts must exist upon which one could reasonably forecast that there would be an immediate, substantial disruption to the normal school activity as a result of the material’s distribution.
32Material that will cause a “material and substantial disruption” of school activities Mere fear or apprehension about a disturbance is not enough; school administrators must be able to show substantial facts that would reasonably support a forecast of likely disruption.
33Material that will cause a “material and substantial disruption” of school activities Administrators must pay attention to the context of the distribution as well as the content of the material.
34Consideration must be given to: Material that will cause a “material and substantial disruption” of school activitiesConsideration must be given to:past experience in the school with similar material,past experience in dealing with the students at the school,current events which influence student attitudes; andwhether or not there have been previous instances of actual or threatened disruption that occurred simultaneously with the distribution of the student publication.
35Speech that could lead to imminent lawless action Yelling “FIRE!” in a crowded movie theater
36Invasion of privacyPrivate citizens have more protections than public figures, public officials (as in libel cases)
37Invasion of privacy Types of invasion of privacy: Appropriation of someone’s face or likeness without express permissionUnreasonable publicity given to one’s personal lifeIntrusion upon someone’s seclusionPublicity which unfavorably places someone in false light before the public
38Fighting wordsWhile Americans have the right to express their opinions, the Supreme Court has ruled that “fighting words,” those words which by their very utterance inflict injury or tend to incite an immediate breach of the peace, are not protected.
39Copyright infringement Occurs when copyrighted material is used without the permission of the creator or copyright holder.A copyright lasts for the lifetime of the creator plus 70 years.After the copyright expires, the material enters the public domain, meaning that it is available for use.All intellectual property should be credited to the creator.
40Ethics and Responsibility Powerpoint taken from Introduction to Journalism by Dianne Smith
41EthicsDefined as: the motivation to act based on ideas of right and wrong.
42EthicsJournalists govern themselves through Codes of Ethics, including:The Code of Ethics of the Society of Professional JournalistsThe Statement of Principles of the American Society of Newspaper EditorsOther major news organizations and individual media outlets have their own codes of ethics which are similar in concept.
43American Society of Newspaper Editors Based on four principles:Seek truth and report itMinimize harmAct independentlyBe accountable
44American Society of Newspaper Editors Statement of principles:ResponsibilityFreedom of the PressASNE says this belongs to the PEOPLE, and must be defended against attacks by any entity, including government
45American Society of Newspaper Editors Statement of principles:Independence.ASNE believes journalists must avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest.Impartiality.This does not prevent the newspaper reporter from having an opinion, but there must be a clear distinction for the reader about what is presented as fact and what is presented as an opinion
46American Society of Newspaper Editors Statement of principles:Fair Play. Journalists must respect the rights of all who are involved in a news story, no matter who they are or what they have done.
47American Society of Newspaper Editors ASNE ends its statement of principles this way:These principles are intended to preserve, protect and strengthen the bond of trust and respect between American journalists and the American people, a bond that is essential to sustain the grant of freedom entrusted to both by the nation’s founders.
48The Scholastic Media Powerpoint taken from Introduction to Journalism by Dianne Smith
49The student mediaStudent journalists are following in the footsteps of their professional counterparts.Students are producing:NewspapersYearbooksLiterary MagazinesBroadcast newsDocumentariesNews web sites or online editions of the student newspaper
50The student mediaStudents are tackling more sophisticated and controversial topics than high schools of a few years ago would allow.Gay/lesbian issuesTeen pregnancySTDsHomelessnessAIDS
51The student mediaStudents are gaining practical experience in writing, editing, layout, design, visual media.Focus on controversial topics causes some concern from administrators and the public (See 2003 First Amendment Survey results.)
52The student mediaThree major U.S. Supreme Court cases have shaped the student media.Tinker v. Des Moines, 1969Bethel v. Fraser, 1986Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier, 1988
53Tinker v. Des MoinesEstablished that students have First Amendment rights while at school.Students can express opinions at school so long as they do not materially and substantially disrupt the normal activities of the school day.
54Bethel v. FraserEstablished that while students have the freedom to express themselves, the school has the right to determine how they express their opinions.The school has the right to limit vulgarity within its boundaries and to ensure a positive learning atmosphere for all students.
55Hazelwood v. KuhlmeierDid not reverse Tinker, but limited the amount of freedom the student press, or any activity which allows expression, may have.Established that administrators have the right to censor the press for legitimate, pedagogical reasons, but did not establish what those reasons might be.
56Hazelwood v. KuhlmeierDid not reverse Tinker, but limited the amount of freedom the student press, or any activity which allows expression, may have.Established that administrators have the right to censor the press for legitimate, pedagogical reasons, but did not establish what those reasons might be.Emphasized that school administrators must be viewpoint neutral, and cannot censor a student’s expression because it differs from their own.
57The Student Press Law Center The Student Press Law Center is set up to assist student journalists in high school and college with all legal issues concerning the production of student media.CensorshipPrior reviewPrevention of libel, copyright infractions, invasion of privacy issues