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Lecture Notes - Journalism618 Spring2009...

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Journalism 618 First Amendment and Society Spring 2009    9-9:50 Monday, Wednesday, Friday Stauffer-Flint Hall 100 Professor: Scott Reinardy, Stauffer-Flint 205A [email protected] (785) 864-7691 Office hours: 10 a.m.-noon M-W-F; 9 a.m.-noon T-Th “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.”  The course:    We will examine the history, philosophy and functions of freedom of speech  and the press in society as well as limitations imposed upon those rights by statute,  common law and court decisions. The book:  Tedford, Thomas L. and Herbeck, Dale A.,  Freedom of Speech in the United  States,  5th ed., Strata Publishing Company. Additional reading will include handouts and  online materials dealing with contemporary First Amendment issues. Students are  encouraged to visit the Freedom Forum First Amendment Web site  (http://www.freedomforum.org/). Another site created by the authors of the text has links  to other First Amendment resources as well as full texts of major court decisions and  updates and new developments (http://www.bc.edu/free_speech). Course objectives:  If working in media, it’s advantageous to have some basic knowledge  of the boundaries set forth by government. Although the First Amendment appears to  guarantee without exception the absolute right to speak and publish without fear of  government encroachment, that right sometimes conflicts with other individual rights and  governmental interests. And while the First Amendment provides some protection of six  individual rights, we will emphasize two – speech and of the press. Critical thinking and  analysis will be imperative as we examine the cases. Attendance and Participation:  If you are to understand the law well enough to apply it,  you must attend class regularly and be in your chairs by 9 a.m. Attendance is essential in a  law-oriented class that uses history, philosophy, statutes and case precedents to address  current legal conflicts. Missing lectures and discussions in a class of this nature will  seriously damage your performance on exams. All lectures and discussions contain some  materials that are not  in the text but will  be on exams.  Exams that are missed cannot be  made up except in rare cases. 
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Requirements:  There will be three tests, each containing multiple choice and true/false  questions.  The tests will not be comprehensive.  Please bring a number two pencil (or  several) to the exams.  Also, please have your student ID ready to show me when you hand 
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