“3.04 Slander and Libel” – FLVS Journalism 1 Assignment

For this assessment you will be the judge!

Choose from one of the following three hypothetical situations to determine how you believe the law should apply. Make a determination about what you believe the outcome of the case should be. If someone should be sentenced, then write a specific sentence for that case. Use what you know about libel and slander to make and defend your point.

Make sure your submission meets the following guidelines:

  • You have identified your case as being a case of libel OR slander.
  • Your sentence or decision about the case should be at least 50 words.
  • Cite any sources you use.
  • Write in paragraph form.
  • Use proper spelling and grammar.

Select one of the following three cases for your assignment.

  1. A television reporter states that a witness is intoxicated and unable to properly describe the details of the scene. The witness sues the news organization for defamation of her character, explaining that she was not intoxicated at the time.
  2. A teenager posts a blog about an ex-boyfriend, listing several of his personal and physical flaws. The ex-boyfriend responds by posting a blog of his own that states several untruths about the person who posted the original blog. Both parties’ parents sue each other for defamation of character.
  3. A high school prints a monthly bulletin for students and parents. In it the administrators post the license plates of vehicles they contend have been speeding in the school zone. Several parents sue, stating that they have been unjustly identified.


Okay, so the situation I choose, is #2.

The teenager that started this whole mess, sadly it was the girl, is at fault the most. Posting a blog post about your ex, is just a juvenile way to handle things, in my opinion. A blog post about your ex’s faults, and unattractive qualities would be under the category of libel. Unfortunately this mess didn’t stop there. The ex boyfriend then retaliates with more libel about his ex girlfriend, yet another act of juvenile behavior. Both parties are at fault, but I would say that the girl is more at fault than the guy, because, if she had just kept her mouth shut, then we would not have this huge mess to begin with. The same goes for the guy though, if he had just ignored the comments of his ex girlfriend, and not retaliated, then we would not have cause to think that A) the girlfriend’s were possibly somewhat true, and B) we would not have the parents of both parties involved, suing each other. In this particular case, I would charge both parties accordingly, otherwise we might have yet another occurrence of this situation, and/or another lawsuit.

“3.01 Code of Ethics” – FLVS Journalism 1 Assignment

For this assessment you will create your own code of ethics. You may want to review the codes presented in this lesson to come up with your own. Create five ethical rules that you believe you should follow as a journalist and describe what those rules mean. Then explain why you feel that your five rules are the most important ethical guidelines for a journalist to follow.


I have chosen my five ethical rules. I will state the rule and then I will explain why and what it means.

  1. Be cautious when making promises, but keep the promises you make. Be very careful of who you make promises too, and what the promise is. Make sure that whatever promises you do make, you can fulfill.
  2. Be vigilant and courageous about holding those with power accountable. Give voice to the voiceless. Be careful about who’s toes you step on, when it comes to people with superior positions. But at the same time, be fair, and be the voice for those who have none. 
  3. Avoid stereotyping. Journalists should examine the ways their values and experiences may shape their reporting. Keep a careful eye out, to make sure that you do not let your personal feelings affect the bias of the story, or point of view. 
  4. Show compassion for those who may be affected by news coverage. Use heightened sensitivity when dealing with juveniles, victims of sex crimes, and sources or subjects who are inexperienced or unable to give consent. Consider cultural differences in approach and treatment. Be extremely careful when dealing with very sensitive stories, especially involving the above mentioned scenarios. Some people do not want a negative light thrown on them, just because they were involved in a serious crime, and most of the time, especially have a hard time with self acceptance and other such mental issues because or such instances. 
  5. Avoid conflicts of interest, real or perceived. Disclose unavoidable conflicts. Pretty self explanatory.