Confidentiality of Sources

Sep 15th, 2013
Price: $30 USD

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Prepare a 1,400 word, three-part research paper. Address the specifics within your paper of each of the following questions below as they pertain to Branzburg v. Hayes, Confidentiality, and Shield Laws

·       Branzburg v. Hayes (Ch. 9 of the text)

o   What did the court decide in Branzburg v. Hayes regarding a journalist’s right to withhold confidential sources?

o   How have lower courts interpreted the Branzburg v. Hayes decision based on whether the cases involved civil, criminal, or grand jury proceedings?

·      Confidentiality (Ch. 10 of the text)

o   Summarize the approach journalists should take pertaining to promising confidentiality to sources.

o   What advice should journalists give to sources who demand confidentiality?

·      Shield laws (Ch. 10 of the text)

o   There are no uniform shield laws. They vary from state to state and vary between courts. Journalists typically operate at a local level where they may or may not be protected by state shield laws.

o   What protections do shield laws provide, if any, in addition to federal constitutional protections supporting nondisclosure of news sources? Explain your response.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

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