Mass Communication Law in Pennsylvania, 2nd Edition
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Mass Communication Law in Pennsylvania, 2nd Edition

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Title: Mass Communication Law in Pennsylvania (2nd Edition)
Author: Douglas S. Campbell, Kathleen K. Olson, & Robert D. Richard

MASS COMMUNICATION LAW IN PENNSYLVANIA brings between two covers a valuable reference to state law affecting communication professionals and students. Written for the layperson, it examines issues that occur in daily news-gathering activities, such as libel, open records, and reporter privilege.

Media law is consistently evolving, and Pennsylvania law is no exception. With timely updates covering this dynamic field, Mass Communication Law in Pennsylvania will earn its place on every media professional’s desk.


About the Authors v
Foreword vii

  1. Free Press and Fair Trial Issues 1
  2. Pennsylvania Libel Law 13
  3. Advertising Law in Pennsylvania 55
  4. Privacy 65
  5. Obscenity Law 111
  6. Trespass 125
  7. Access to Government: Open Records and Open Meetings 161
About the Author:

Douglas S. Campbell, a nationally certified paralegal, is a Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication and chair of the Department of Communication and Philosophy at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania. He has written two books: The Supreme Court and the Mass Media, and Free Press v. Fair Trial. He earned a B.S. at the University of Maryland, an M.A. in journalism at the Pennsylvania State University, an A.M. in American Civilization at Brown University, and a doctorate in religion journalism from the Southern Methodist University.

  is an attorney and assistant professor in the Department of Journalism and Communication at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where she teaches media law and online journalism. She is a graduate of Northwestern University, the University of Virginia School of Law and the doctoral program in mass communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Dr. Kathleen K. Olson


  is an attorney, a Professor of Journalism and Law at the Pennsylvania State University, and the founding co-director of the Pennsylvania Center for the First Amendment. The author of numerous articles on the First Amendment and of two books, Freedom's Voice: The Perilous Present and Uncertain Future of the First Amendment and Uninhibited, Robust, and Wide-Open: Mr. Justice Brennan's Legacy to the First Amendment, Richards was the winner of the PSU Dean's Award for Excellence in Research, the Dean's Award for Excellence in Service, and the Communications Alumni Society's Excellence in Teaching Award. He holds bachelors and masters degrees in speech communication from Penn State University and a doctor of jurisprudence degree from American University and serves as associate dean for undergraduate education and director of the PSU Washington Program.

Robert D. Richards

Details: 2003 [ISBN: 1-58107-103-5; 186 pages soft cover; 5 1/4 x 8 1/4 inch]