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Ethical and Legal Considerations in Social Journalism

Course Details

Students must understand the ethical implications of working with communities. They cannot barge in uninvited with their own presumptions about a community’s needs, nor can they arrive one day and then the next desert a community that has come to depend on them. To succeed, it is vital that they develop a relationship of mutual trust and understanding. In this seminar, students will discuss these considerations and anticipate pitfalls to avoid. They will also receive instruction in legal issues such as libel and copyright as well as freedom of speech and information rights.