Schedule for JRN 4425 Group Presentations—Worth 450 pts.
I will give you some time during class on Tuesday, March 3 to meet. Decide who the group
leader will be. Exchange emails, and set up your first real meeting.
Gertz v. Robert Welch, Inc. (1974)
Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier
New York Times Co. v. Sullivan (1964)
Curtis Publishing v. Butts (1966)
New York Times Co. v. United States
[The Pentagon Papers Case]
Instructions appear on the next page!!
The Group Assignment
Each group of 4-6 students will present a summary of the case assigned to it. Your group
is teaching this case to the class. The minimum time of the presentation will be 20 minutes, and
the maximum time will be 25 minutes, thereby leaving a minimum of 5 minutes additional for
class questions. The time will be strictly monitored. Each group member will speak for a
minimum of 3 minutes. Obviously, this means that some group members will speak for more
than 3 minutes. The following topics regarding each case must be addressed at some point during
Events leading up to the incident/behavior in question; in other words, set it up for the
audience; use photos as well as text
Who brought the case initially, why, and in which court?
The initial decision and the reasoning behind it; which prior cases were used as guidance
The progression of the case and in which courts, giving the decision(s) and the reasoning
behind them as it traveled through the justice system
An educated opinion from the members of the group: How many agree with the final
decision and how many disagree—and why? What are the implications of this decision?
The final slide should be a bibliography of your references. Wikipedia will not count as a
Bring a handout to give to each classmate AFTER the presentation. It need not be more
than a one-page outline of the presentation, including important details/points. The PowerPoint
MUST be e-mailed to Dr. Sarapin at least three (3) days prior to your presentation day. Ten
percent (10%) will be deducted if I do not receive your presentations at least three days prior to
your presentation. No online presentations, please, such as Prezi. You may use note cards, but
you may not read from a script. Know your case, and anticipate the questions you will get.
Each person should be able to answer any question!
The students in the audience will be responsible for asking questions. Each student
should have at least one question prepared for the Q-and-A period. Not everyone will be able to
ask a question, but each student should ask at least one question in one of the 6 presentations.
The presenting groups should come to class early enough for both groups to get on the
computer and make sure their PowerPoints are working properly BEFORE CLASS BEGINS!!
There won’t be any time for “finding” PPTs. You will begin on time and end on time. Have a
Plan A, a Plan B, and a Plan C. E-mail your presentation to your own e-mail address, bring it on a
thumb drive, and bring it on a second thumb drive. There will be no time between presentations
to wait for a group to get its act together. All participants must be ready to go.
What makes an average presentation (“C” work) into an “A” presentation will be the
inclusion of material in addition to the points I’ve listed above. If you’re presenting a Supreme
Court case, tell us who was on that court and what the liberal-conservative make-up was. Do you
think the justices’ political views affected the decision? What interesting quotes came out of the
text of the decision. Do something or ask a question that engages the audience’s participation in
the discussion! You must use a PowerPoint presentation that will be posted to Canvas for the
class to study.
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