ABSTRACT

This chapter examines the ways in which the law intersects with journalism in the digital age. The discussion begins with the First Amendment, including an outline of what it protects and what it does not. The author then discusses the key elements of specific legal perils, including defamation and invasion of privacy, defining each term and then explaining what is legally required for an aggrieved party to make a successful claim. The chapter provides specific examples of words and actions that are likely to place journalists in danger, which should help the reader see ways to avoid risky media behavior. The chapter provides both traditional media examples as well as those from the digital realm, thus allowing the reader to see how specific aspects of the law apply or don’t apply in these circumstances. The author closes by examining risks associated with copyright infringement in the digital realm and the ways in which fair use applies and doesn’t apply to content found online.