J563 Spring 2019: Schedule and Readings
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J563 Law of Mass Communication Spring 2018: Schedule and Readings
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WeekDayUnitTopicDiscussion focusBelmas, Shepard, Overbeck ReadingCasesOther content
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1Unit 1: Law, Courts & the First Amendment
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1/23Legal system, scrutinyCh. 1
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1/28Theories of the First Amendment, sedition, censorshipChs. 2 and 3Abrams v. US
Whitney v. California
Dennis v. US
More Perfect Podcast: The Political Thicket episode, https://www.wnyc.org/story/the-political-thicket
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Basic Concept Quiz
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1/30Incitement
Brandenburg v. Ohio
Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project
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2/4Prior restraint, censorship, public employee speechCh. 3 (useful for theory but we're really digging in this week)Near v. Minnesota
NYT v. US
Nebraska Press Assn v. Stuart
US v. Progressive
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Hypothetical: Prior Restraint (3 groups: for, against, judges)
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2/6Exam review
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End-of-unit exam
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4Unit 2: Libel & PrivacyCh. 4
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2/11Libel overview, elements
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Libel scavenger hunt -- ID the elements in real cases; discussion of group project and brainstorming
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2/13NYT v. Sullivan, Gertz, Public/private plaintiffsNYT v. Sullivan
Gertz v. Robert Welch
Milkovich v. Lorain Journal
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2/18Libel decision tree
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Student hypotheticals on libel and decision tree (3 groups, each a separate plaintiff type)
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2/20Privacy overviewCh. 5Florida Star v. BJF
Bartnicki v. Vopper
Zacchini v. Scripps-Howard Broadcasting
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2/25Privacy causes of action, defensesWisconsin Privacy Act and Privacy Legislator Guide (in case reader)
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Student hypotheticals on privacy with solutions (3 groups, each a separate cause of action)
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2/27Privacy in a digital age
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End-of-unit exam
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7Unit 3: Newsgathering, Student Speech & Boundaries of Protection
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3/4Open meetings, open recordsCh. 9Wisconsin Open Meetings, Open Records laws and Legislator Guide (in case reader)
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Hypothetical: Open Records – Apply balancing test to records requests; organize group project pitch
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3/6Access, cameras in courtsCh. 7Richmond Newspapers v. VA
Chandler v. Florida
Wisconsin Cameras in Courts guidelines (in case reader)
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3/11Privilege & confidentialityCh. 8
Branzburg v. Hayes
O'Grady v. Superior Court
Wis shield law (in case reader)
Final project pitches DUE by noon Monday, March 12. Submit via from at:
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Privilege and confidentiality activity (specifics TBA)https://goo.gl/forms/l98fL8SuqhKe10AF3
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3/13Student speech & pressCh. 14
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Spring Break
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3/25Obscenity, pornographyCh. 10Miller v. California
Reno v. ACLU
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Debate
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3/27Theories of media differentiation, indecencyFCC v. Pacifica
FCC v. Fox
Packingham v. NC
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4/1Hateful and offensive speechReview Ch. 3 segment on hate speech/crime, starting page 72RAV v. St. Paul
Texas v. Johnson
Snyder v. Phelps
Matal v. Tam
More Perfect: The Hate Debate episode, https://www.wnyc.org/story/hate-debate
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Debate
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4/3Violent expression(Optional: the Ch. 11 section on regulating violence might help you better understand Wednesday's lecture, but it's not required for the exam. Visit it if you find my coverage confusing.)Brown v. Electronic Merchants Association
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End-of-unit exam
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11Unit 4: Intellectual Property & Regulation of Advertising, Broadcast & Political Speech
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4/8Intellectual property: basics, focus on copyrightHarper & Row v. Nation
MGM Studios v. Grokster
Campbell v. Acuff-Rose
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Group project work time
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4/10DMCA and filesharingCh. 6
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4/15Commercial speech & FTCCh. 13Central Hudson v. PSC
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Create exam questions on Intellectual Property and Commercial Speech
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4/17FCC and broadcast regulationCh. 11Miami Herald v. Tornillo
Red Lion v. FCC
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4/22FCC, Internet regulation and anonymity onlineReview Ch. 3 section on anonymous speech
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Create exam questions on FCC and regulation
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4/24FEC, campaign expression and anonymity in political speech (Guest Lecturer Christopher Terry, University of Minnesota)Citizens United v. FEC
FEC v. Wisconsin Right to Life
More Perfect: Citizens United episode, https://www.wnyc.org/story/citizens-united
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End-of-unit exam
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4/29Project work - In class
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Project work - In class
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5/1Project work - In class
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Final Exam5/8Note: this is not a traditional final exam. Project due at this time with presentations
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