Schedule of Classes Course Description

John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Course Prefix: SPE                                     Course Number: 213                                    
Course Title: The Impact of the Mass Media On the Administration of Justice
Subject: Speech
Minimum Credits: 3.0                                     Maximum Credits: 3.0                                     Hours per week: 3.0


Examination of the role of the media-TV, radio, newspapers, and magazines-on the administration of justice. The influence of the media on the jury and the judge. The dangers of "trial by newspaper" and of TV in the courtroom. Is impartial justice possible? The British approach. Problems of free speech and press; "contempt by publication" rule; constitutional protections.

Prerequisite: ENG 101 and SPE 113.
  • Suggested guidelines for the media. The psychological basis of audience response.

  • This course is crosslisted as:   LAW 213
Start Date:    08/31/2001                         End Date:    07/10/2013