Media Law in Tennessee

Media Law in Tennessee

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Title: Media Law in Tennessee
Author: Dorothy A. Bowles

MEDIA LAW IN TENNESSEE contains an overview of mass communications law in general and a more comprehensive review of Tennessee statutes and cases on legal rights of the mass media. The intended audiences are journalists, both print and broadcast, and students interested in law, news, public relations or advertising. Attorneys representing media clients also may find this book helpful.

Media Law in Tennessee focuses on key principles growing out of court cases, rather than overwhelming readers with factual details and legal language from judges' opinions. Legal references are carefully documented in statute and case citations at the end of each chapter to make the book more useful for attorneys and others wishing to consult primary materials.

This third edition includes relevant statutes enacted by the Tennessee General Assembly through June 2001.

  1. Sources of Communications Law
  2. U.S. and Tennessee Courts
  3. Penalties for Criminal Convictions in Tennessee
  4. Prior Restraint
  5. Access to Property
  6. Defamation
  7. Privacy
  8. Obscenity
  9. Copyright and Trademark
  10. Advertising
  11. Contempt of Court and Confidential Sources
  12. Access to Courts and Court Records
  13. Access to Government Records
  14. Access to Government Meetings
  15. Tips for Avoiding Lawsuits
About the Author:

DOROTHY A. BOWLES is a professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She has worked as a reporter, sports editor, copy editor, and news editor at newspapers in Louisiana, Texas, Wisconsin, Kansas and Minnesota and did public relations work for Quaker Oats and a large public school system. Her previously published books include Kansas Media Law Guide, Creative Editing and several workbooks and manuals on reporting and the Internet. Articles and reviews she authored have appeared in Journalism Quarterly, Newspaper Research Journal, Communications and the Law, American Journalism, Journalism History, the American Editor, Media Law Notes, Scholastic Editor, Grassroots Editor and the Dictionary of Literary Biography. She received a Ph.D. with an emphasis in communications law from the University of Wisconsin.

Details: 2001; ISBN: 1-58107-050-0 (258 pages soft cover, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches)