Mass Communication Law in Arkansas, 9th Edition
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Mass Communication Law in Arkansas, 9th Edition

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Author:  Stephen D. Ralph & Bruce L. Plopper


Presents a comprehensive yet concise examination of issues related to media and communication law in Arkansas. This book is designed to be a valuable reference to state law affecting communication professionals and students. The series examines issues that rise in daily news-gathering and reporting activities. Such issues include privacy, obscenity, and advertising laws as well as open meeting, open records, trial access, and newspersons privilege provisions. This is an important, easy source for all those whose life or profession makes them vulnerable to potential lawsuits due to infractions of the media/communication laws. Help protect yourself with this book!


  • The Arkansas Legal System
  • Freedom of Expression: Theory and Practice
  • Defamation
  • Privacy
  • News-gathering Issues
  • Freedom of Information
  • Media and the Courts
  • Obscenity
  • Commercial Speech and other Business Concerns
  • Case Index
  • Subject Index
Reviews: "The seventh edition of Mass Communication Law in Arkansasis a timely revision of the text. This user-friendly book contains valuable information about the history and current interpretations of law affecting freedom of expression in Arkansas. Its content and extensive index make it both a solid reference book and a practical day-to-day tool for the working journalist. I highly recommend that every news organization in the state buy several copies – one for each reporter on staff."

C. Dennis Schick, Executive Director, Arkansas Press Association

About the Authors:

STEPHEN D. RALPH is an attorney living in Conway, Ark., and practicing criminal law. He has taught college courses in media and in radio-TV production, and he currently teaches media law and ethics at the University of Central Arkansas.

Mr. Ralph has a B.S. degree in radio and television and an M.A. degree in speech communication from the University of Illinois. He received a J.D. degree from the Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.


BRUCE L. PLOPPER teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in the School of Mass Communication at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He specializes in mass communication law and journalism history, but he also teaches a variety of other courses.

Dr. Plopper earned his B.S. degree in psychology from Michigan State University, his M.A. degree in psychology from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, and his Ph.D. degree in journalism from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

Details: 2016; ISBN: 1-58107-290-2 (226 pages soft cover, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch)