University of Pittsburgh
Catalog Number: 5039
2.0 Credits
Lecture
Priority: General Enrollment Course

The last two years have seen the revelation of “Deep Throat” — the most famous confidential source of all time — juxtaposed with the spectacle of reporters going to jail for refusing to divulge confidential sources. Representing a media client today requires an understanding of the constitutional and statutory issues surrounding the gathering of news and protection of confidential sources.

Although the confidential source issue is the hottest issue today, representing a media client involves much more. This course is designed to provide an overview of both the legal framework and the “real world” considerations related to libel, invasion of privacy, access to courtrooms and judicial records, access to public records, protection of confidential sources, pre-publication review, and responding to subpoenas.

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