Mass Communication Law in Wisconsin
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Mass Communication Law in Wisconsin

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Title: Mass Communication Law in Wisconsin
Author: Dr. Gary Coll

MASS COMMUNICATION LAW IN WISCONSIN brings between two covers a valuable reference to sate law affecting communication professionals and students. Written for the layperson, it examines issues that occur in daily newsgathering activities, such as libel, open records, and reporter privilege. Media law is constantly evolving, and Wisconsin law is not exception. With timely updates covering this dynamic field, Mass Communication Law in Wisconsin will earn its place on every media professional’s desk.

  • Fair Trial and Free Press
    • Access to Criminal Proceedings
    • Cameras and Audio Recorders in the Courtroom
    • End Notes
  • Defamation
    • What is Libel?
    • Criminal Libel and Civil Libel
    • Libel and Slander
    • Libel per se and Libel per quod
  • Bringing Suit
  • Publication Identification
  • Defamatory Words
    • Defamatory Words: Falsity/False Facts
    • Defamatory Words: False Facts/Opinion
    • Defamatory Words: Hyperbole/Outrageousness
  • Fault: Public Officials, Public Figures and Actual Malice
  • Fault: Private Individuals
  • Damages to Reputation/Harm
  • Technical Requirements: Retraction and Statute of Limitations
  • Common Law Defenses
    • Truth
    • Fair Comment
    • Privilege
    • Summary of Libel
    • End Notes
  • Privacy
    • Newsgathering
    • Newsgathering at Disaster Scenes
    • Publication of Private Matters
    • Appropriation
    • Privacy and Public Records
    • Severe Emotional Distress
    • End Notes
  • Advertising
    • Newspaper Policies on Advertising
    • Legal Advertisements
    • Political Advertisements
    • Lottery Advertising
    • Outdoor Advertisements
    • End Notes
  • The Reporter's Privilege
    • End Notes
  • Open Records and Open Meeting
    • Open Meetings - Wisconsin Statutes 19.81-19.98
    • What constitutes a governmental body?
    • What constitutes a meeting of a governmental body?
    • How can a reporter learn about a meeting and its agenda?
    • What are the specific exemptions to openness?
    • What recourse is there for improper notice or closure?
    • Open Records - Wisconsin Statutes, 19.31-19.39
    • What records are open?
    • How does a reporter go about gaining access to a record?
    • What records are not likely to be open?
    • Recourse?
    • Privacy v. Openness
    • End Notes
  • Obscenity
    • End Notes
About the Author:

Dr. Gary Coll is an associate professor of journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, where he has enjoyed teaching since 1969. He received his B.S.J. degree and M.S. in journalism from Ohio University, and his Ph.D. degree in journalism from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. His teaching responsibilities include law of mass communication, history of journalism, introduction to journalism, graphic arts and press and society.

Details: 1996, ISBN: 0-913507-77-6, (92 pages soft cover, 5 1/2 by 8 1/2 inches)