October 23, 2005

Newswriting - AP Stylebook 338-368

The best page from our reading was probably the summary of the first amendment rules granted by the Constitution.

It is important for reporters to remember that because they enjoy a great deal of freedom as protected by Constitutional rights, that they must exercise them responsibly and conduct themselves within reason.

Another interesting expert involved defamation and death, "...in New York no one can bring a cause of action for defamation of a deceased person unless they can demonstrate that their own reputation has been damaged by the defamation of the deceased" (357). This is saying that a suit can be continued or brought if the defamation of the said deceased person afects the person bringing the suit, I don't understand this. It is sort of like a company going bankrupt, and lawyers asking the judge for money or assets. The judge would clearly call that you can't draw blood from a rock. Does anyone have an example of how this rule works?

Posted by KatieAikins at October 23, 2005 2:57 PM

Katie, in the reading, I noticed the "defamation of a deceased," as well. I interpreted that to mean if the deceased were a parent, spouse, or close relative or maybe a business partner. Say, for instance, if your husband died and something degrading and untrue were printed about them that would adversely affect your reputation.

Posted by: NancyGregg at October 25, 2005 3:34 PM