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Book 1: Mass Communication Law. St. Paul: Thompson/West Publishing, 7th Edition (2013)

Book 2: Media Ethics: Cases and Moral Reasoning 8th Ed., Boston, Pearson Education Inc., 9th Edition (2012).

Discussion
1. How would you personally balance the privacy of individuals with the right to know “newsworthy” information? Imagine your job description requires you to write your company’s policy on this issue. When would privacy of individuals trump and when would the public’s right to know trump? Write a policy that helps your employees know where to draw the line between these conflicting desires.

2. The Supreme Court decided that virtual child pornography should be given more protection than actual child pornography (using real children to create the pornography). It is against the law to possess real child pornography but not so with virtual child pornography. Do you agree? Why or why not?

3. Earl Warren, Chief Justice of the United States, played a significant role in American society. Agree or disagree and why? Be specific.

4. The Supreme Court decided that virtual child pornography should be given more protection than actual child pornography (using real children to create the pornography). It is against the law to possess real child pornography but not so with virtual child pornography. Do you agree? Why or why not?

Read Snyder v. Phelps and provide the following information:
1. The primary 1st Amendment issue in the case.
2. Why the case is relevant today.
3. How the ruling impacts the media.

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Balancing between the privacy of individuals with the right to know “newsworthy” information would be informed by various factors. First, the news must be an assessment as to whether the information affects the rights of an individual negatively. For example, the information may cast an individual falsely and maliciously and eventually damage his or her public reputation. As a journalist, I would evaluate the purpose of seeking the information and reporting and reaffirm whether it is justifiable to make it public. It would be critical to consider the kind of protection to an individual’s privacy is deserved based on whether he or she is a public official or a celebrity.

The privacy of an individual would trump or prevail if the information can cause irreparable harm especially if there are falsehood and invasion to human dignity (Christians, Fackler, Richardson, Kreshel & Woods Jr., 2012). On the other hand, the public right to know prevails if the defense for public discloser of private facts is apparent (Carter, Dee & Zuckman, 2013)....

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