This has been the most enlightening area for me within our department.I always knew there were a lot of disputes within media and it’s practices. While in Media Law and Ethics we covered many of the key cases and laws that media persons need to be aware of. Not only just to stay out of legal and ethical trouble, but also tell us what all media outlets and individuals are guaranteed by the US Constitution.
This is the first amendment as adopted in 1791, “Congress shall make no law respecting an 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.”
I discovered a lot about the history and evolution of media and it’s history in most of my classes as part of the introduction to the courses.