When Even Comm Law Books Need UpdatingPosted: April 8, 2011
The last Comm Law class I took just about five years ago was severely devoid of any content or case studies on how online journalism and media were impacting long held judicial tests. Like so many other heavily regulated industries, the libel, decency, fair use and journalistic protections have all needed a severe review – not exactly an easy cruise ship to turn into the iceberg.
Recently, it was drawn to my attention that the culture of online media is getting some attention, in the form of an interactive four-week course taught by George Freeman, vice president and assistant general counsel at The New York TimesNow. I’m not sure if the class is going to cover how Downfall parodies impact fair use, but at least it’s a pretty good profile start.
“This Program of Study course is part of the New York Times Knowledge Network, which is open to consumers nationwide. Programs of Study courses, developed and taught by New York Times journalists or professional staff, cover a variety of topics and are delivered online. Students can select any number of these courses: to stand alone, or be taken as a sequence.”
Sounds like fun – especially if you’re not interested in lugging around one of those giant blue comm law books.