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October 21, 2005

AP Stylebook pg 338-368

Libel.....wow! There is a lot of important, detailed information you should know before you even think of writing a media crime story about ANYONE, especially public figures.

*libel is a false and unprivileged publication by writing, printing, picture, effigy or other fixed representation which exposes any person to hatred, contempt, ridicule, or obloquy, or which causes him to be shunned or avoided or which injuries him in his occupation.

So basically you are not allowed to write or print anything 'mean' about anyone. So when you write an article you have to pretend the person is just so amazing.......ummmm no.

Truth: a public official and a public figure and a private indidvidual involved in a matter of public concern all will ahve to prove teh statement is false in order to prevail on their libel claim.

I think that this would be a long, extrenuous process just to get your name cleared in the publics eye. But hey, i think i would go through it.

There is just soo much to keep in mind when writing a crime article. I don't think that i would ever want to write media crimes. I think that i would just stick to my sport articles.

Posted by Denamarie at October 21, 2005 10:16 AM

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Yes, it's all a bit frightening.

Famous sports players could sue for libel, though. I guess no where is safe.

Posted by: Kayla Sawyer at November 10, 2005 06:44 PM

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