Media Law

Core Course

This course covers legal issues that affect public communications and matters related to media law. Topics covered include the First Amendment, media regulation, libel, privacy, intellectual property, corporate speech, commercial speech and advertising regulation, free press/fair trial and access issues.


Critical thinking skills; argumentation; knowledge of legal issues impacting media communicators


  • Identify potential issues that could subject a media company to legal action by applying legal principles to media law issues.
  • Analyze legal arguments of all parties in litigation by applying legal precedent to hypothetical or real situations relevant to media communications.
  • Differentiate among the various types of laws by explaining the roles of the Constitution, common law, statutory and administrative law.
  • Explain the limits of the First Amendment by contrasting freedom of speech and press with other societal interests.
  • Compare and contrast civil and criminal cases by outlining the route that cases travel through the legal system, differentiating the levels of courts and identifying the relevant parties and their responsibilities.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills by analyzing and summarizing the facts, procedure, reasoning, holding and implications of a judicial decision.


Barbara Fought and David Rubin