essay of media law, communications homework help

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your essay, address the questions posed following the scenario, but make it all flow as though those
questions are thoughts you have and know that they must be considered in arriving at a solution to your
journalistic dilemma. Do not list the questions within your essay and then answer them individually. (Do
not plagiarize these instructions or scenarios.) You must fully justify the path you choose. In other words,
whether you choose a solution that is provided to you within the case scenario or another one you have
come up with on your own, you must explain completely why you have made this choice. Refer to at
least two previously decided cases (precedent) as partial support for your decision. If you cannot find a
precedent, find some incident reminiscent of your chosen scenario. Remember: The First Amendment is
NOT a precedent. Do not start off writing the scenario as it appears in this assignment simply to add
words to your essay. You may begin by briefly explaining the dilemma you are facing.

Will a negative story be allowed to run in a high school newspaper?
THE SCENARIO:
As a high school journalist, you have developed several sources of information about the football
camp held each year at your school. You hear that brutal hazing is part of athletes’ initiation to
the team. Investigating further, you learn that new players are subject to various humiliations and
assaults, sometimes with broomsticks, electrical cords and socks stuffed with tennis balls.
This is a big, important story. Kids are being hurt. You work hard to get your facts right and
spend a great deal of effort checking and double-checking your sources. Your newspaper’s
adviser supports you and your work. But when you are ready to publish the story in the school
newspaper, the principal says you can’t run it unless you make substantial changes. You must
eliminate a player’s comments and add a prepared statement from the football coach. The coach
also says this is “negative journalism” and wants you to hold the story until after the playoffs.

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What do you do?

A. Drop the story. You know you’ve done a good job, but if the principal won’t let you run
the story as you have prepared it, you won’t run it at all.

B. Wait until after the playoffs, as the coach requests, and then print the story according to
the principal’s requirements: Drop the player’s comments and run the football coach’s
statement. At least some of the information you have uncovered will come out.

C. Print the story as your principal demands, by dropping the player’s comments and
running the football coach’s statement. But add an editor’s note at the end of the story,
explaining that school officials, including the coach, reviewed the story and insisted that
changes be made to it before it was published.

D. Your own solution to the dilemma. Be specific.