- Individuals working in the newsroom can suffer serious consequences because of words and pictures.
- Reporters will find little legal protection for presenting false information about private individuals.
- Privacy law can punish the media for revealing the truth when it is private and embarrassing.
- News personnel need to know basic media law to be effective gatherers of information.
- There are several ways reporters defend against libel charges.
These topics don’t involve the topics that we discuss in class because our class is more hands on, but these topics are all beneficial in this work force. The news today is rough because there are so many guidelines that reporters have to follow and basically walk on eggshells with their stories. This chapter was interesting because it gives examples of the lawsuits that have happened in the past and different scenarios that reporters will go through and how to battle these lawsuits. It puts into perspective how difficult news reporting is with everything they must prepare for while covering their topics.
- How often are lawsuits put on reporters and news stations?
- What is the more popular lawsuit put on reporters?
- What are the best techniques to avoid lawsuits while reporting in the field?
“How to Avoid Being Sued” by Deborah Potter
This website article refers to this chapter and these topics because it gives the aspect of a reporter and how they avoid being sued. It gives examples of a couple scenarios where reporters have been sued for something they have done or accused of in the field. It also provides information how protection is very thin for reporters in everything they do. The article shows the fear and caution that goes into reporting and how difficult this career field is. But with being knowledgeable in media law and taking every precautionary step to avoid lawsuits then reporting can be a little more exciting and effective.