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Journalism Under Fire: Protecting the Future of Investigative Reporting

Journalism Under Fire: Protecting the Future of Investigative Reporting (Hardback)

By Gillers, Stephen

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A healthy democracy requires vigorous, uncompromising investigative journalism. But today the free press faces a daunting set of challenges: in the face of harsh criticism from powerful politicians and the threat of lawsuits from wealthy individuals, media institutions are confro...nted by an uncertain financial future and stymied by a judicial philosophy that takes a narrow view of the protections that the Constitution affords reporters. In Journalism Under Fire, Stephen Gillers proposes a bold set of legal and policy changes that can overcome these obstacles to protect and support the work of journalists.Gillers argues that law and public policy must strengthen the freedom of the press, including protection for news gathering and confidential sources. He analyzes the First Amendment's Press Clause, drawing on older Supreme Court cases and recent dissenting opinions to argue for greater press freedom than the Supreme Court is today willing to recognize. Beyond the First Amendment, Journalism Under Fire advocates policies that facilitate and support the free press as a public good. Gillers proposes legislation to create a publicly funded National Endowment for Investigative Reporting, modeled on the national endowments for the arts and for the humanities; improvements to the Freedom of Information Act; and a national anti-SLAPP law, a statute to protect media organizations from frivolous lawsuits, to help journalists and the press defend themselves in court. Gillers weaves together questions of journalistic practice, law, and policy into a program that can ensure a future for investigative reporting and its role in our democracy.
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ISBN 9780231168861
Released NZ 15 Jul 2018
Publisher Columbia University Press
Format Hardback
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Language English (translated from: English)
Series Columbia Journalism Review Books
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ISBN-13 9780231168861
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Columbia University Press
Imprint Columbia University Press
Released 15 Jul 2018
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Language English
Translated from English
Author(s) By Gillers, Stephen
Series Columbia Journalism Review Books
Category Political Control & Freedoms
Publishing Industry
Number of Pages 256
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 216mm
Dewey Code 342.7308/53
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Reporters and reporting - Law and legislation - United States
NBS Text Usage & Writing Guides
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly