2018-2019 Undergraduate Bulletin

COM 213 The Impact of the Mass Media on the Administration of Justice

(Formerly SPE 213)

3 hours 

Examination of the role of the media - TV, radio, newspapers, and magazines - on the administration of justice. The influence of the media on the jury and the judge. The dangers of trial by newspaper and of TV in the courtroom. Is impartial justice possible? The British approach. Problems of free speech and press; "contempt by publication" rule; constitutional protections. Suggested guidelines for the media. The psychological basis of audience response.



Cross Listed Courses

LAW 213


ENG 101