Provide your students with an overview of mass media law and ethics. After reviewing the history of free speech, this lesson plan touches on key media laws including libel and slander, obscenity, copyright and reporter privilege. An additional section covers ethical issues such as personal and professional codes and outside pressure groups.
An 18-page lesson plan accompanies a Prezi. The lesson plan does not rely on any specific textbook and can be taught with or without the Prezi. The lesson plan is packed with real examples, many from 2017. It is color-coded with videos and activities in blue, and questions for class discussion in orange. A written assignment is provided at the end.
The Prezi includes notes and several videos and illustrative charts along with photos that illustrate examples from the lesson plan. (Please note: YouTube may remove videos at any time, and this also disables the links on the Prezi. Please send me notice through the e-mail address provided in the lesson plan and I will work to replace missing videos.) The Prezi movements are designed to be straightforward and the colors are kept simple.
Instructions for accessing the Prezi and for getting an editable copy of the Prezi are available in the lesson plan.
The full lesson plan is estimated at three hours, but several sections are optional and many of the classroom discussion questions can be dropped, adjusted for time or altered to be written take-home questions. A written assignment is also included.
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