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771 - Lawyers and the Media
Professor: Mark R. Weaver
Semester: 2011 Winter
Second Writing Requirement? No
Professional Responsibility? No
Means of Assessment: Paper and Class Participation
The course will address the legal and ethical issues involved in dealing with the media and making public statements about litigation and legal issues, including the first amendment, public records law, and professional responsibility implications of media contacts. Other issues that will be addressed are journalistic techniques, the practice of media relations, and interviewing techniques. Among the in-class and written exercises will be moot court arguments on use of cameras in the courtroom, a mock news conference and television interview, news releases, op-ed pieces, and crisis management scenarios.
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