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Law and Ethics

Unit 1: Introduction

Overview of the First Amendment

SPLC Media Law Presentation: Press Freedom

Terms You Need to Know

Researching about Court Cases Important to Student Journalists

Examining States’ Student Free Expression Status

Unit 2: Foundations for Student Media

Eight Functions for Journalism

Understanding Journalistic Forum Status

Creating a Mission Statement for Student Media

Unit 3: Specific Legal Topics

SPLC Media Law Presentation: Libel Law

SPLC Media Law Presentation: Copyright

SPLC Media Law Presentation: Invasion of Privacy

Reading, Writing and Discussing the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Introducing Students to Takedown Requests

Making Informed Takedown Decisions


Unit 4: The Freedom to Gather Information

SPLC Media Law Presentation: Freedom of Information

SPLC Media Law Presentation: Reporter’s Privilege

SPLC Slideshow Review

Crafting the Argument Against Prior Review and Censorship

Creating Open Records Requests, Part 1

Creating Open Records Requests, Part 2


Unit 5: Ethics

Just Because You Can, Doesn’t Always Mean You Should

Another Way to Examine Ethics: Red Light, Green Light

Making TUFF Decisions

When Journalists Must Navigate Ethical Situations

Exploring the Issues with Anonymous Sources

With Freedom of the Press Comes Great Responsibility

Ethical Considerations for Using Profanity

Ethical Considerations for Using Virtual Reality

Ethical Dilemmas in Yearbook Production

Protest Songs and the First Amendment

The Importance of Dissenting Voices

When Journalists Err Ethically

Ethical Guidelines and Procedure Statements: Creating the Foundation

Unit Review and Exam