This easy-to-use guidebook offers an overview of American law
that should find a place on the desk of any journalism student or
professional journalist. "The Journalist s Guide to American Law"
provides an overview of major legal principles and issues in
practical terms for journalists covering any aspect of the legal
system. The book s organization captures both the bird s-eye view
of the subject and offers an easy reference guide when the
professional needs to understand a distinct legal concept. The
areas covered range from professional concerns such as the First
Amendment, cameras in the courtroom, Sunshine laws, and access to
government documents to general legal matters such as the
institutions of law and the lawmaking function of the judiciary,
core constitutional principles such as separation of powers and
judicial review, and the day-to-day functioning of courts. Equally
at home on the desk of the general assignment reporter or the legal
correspondent, as well as their producers and editors, the book
equips the journalist with the knowledge required to translate
complex legal notions into plain English."
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