Communications 300 Lesson 7

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This is a quiz from lesson 7 of Communication 300


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Which of the following is not correct?
    • A. 

      Justice Louis Brandeis characterized privacy a. as the right to be let alone.

    • B. 

      Privacy as a legal doctrine is stated and protected overtly in American founding documents

    • C. 

      Nineteenth-century industrialization and technological advances in print media increased public concerns about privacy issues.

    • D. 

      Tort law applies only to individuals

  • 2. 
    Which of the following statements about the embarrassing private facts tort is correct?
    • A. 

      Publication of embarrassing facts that are widely known or previously published is actionable

    • B. 

      Most private facts cases are won by the plaintiffs even if the stories are newsworthy.

    • C. 

      Stories dealing with medical or intimate health conditions are generally actionable

    • D. 

      Republication of a newsworthy event several years later is generally an actionable invasion of privacy

  • 3. 
    True or False? The news media have some First Amendment protection when they publish truthful information, lawfully obtained, about newsworthy matters (matters of publicconcern).
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 4. 
    Which of the following is correct about the tort of intrusion?
    • A. 

      The fundamental purpose of the tort of intrusion is to protect people from invasion of their property by the media

    • B. 

      People have a legitimate expectation of privacy in public places

    • C. 

      Journalists have greater rights than other citizens to enter private property to get a story

    • D. 

      As a rule, journalists should not enter private property to get a story, even if invited to do so by police or fire fighters, unless the owner of the property grants consent.

  • 5. 
    True or False? False light plaintiffs, like libel plaintiffs, sue for highly offensive loss of reputation
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 6. 
    Which of the following is not true?
    • A. 

      False light plaintiffs must prove actual malice.

    • B. 

      In fictionalizations, disclaimers are a fail-safe way to prevent false light claims

    • C. 

      The juxtaposition of file photos to text is often the cause of false light claims.

    • D. 

      Distortion can occur when information is inappropriately juxtaposed with other information

  • 7. 
    Which of the following is not true?
    • A. 

      The tort of appropriation alleges mental harm based on unwanted publicity.

    • B. 

      The right to publicity is like a property right that protects public persons from the use of their names or likenesses for financial gain without authorization

    • C. 

      The use of look-alikes and sound-alikes in advertising can lead to appropriation or right-to-publicity suits

    • D. 

      The "news exemption" principle is this: that it is not a violation of publicity for news publications to suggest, without consent, that celebrities endorse their publications

  • 8. 
    Which of the following is correct?
    • A. 

      The press is generally protected by the courts when naming rape victims.

    • B. 

      The intent of the Privacy Act of 1974 is to keep individuals from knowing what information the government has collected about them

    • C. 

      The juror selection process should be closed to the press and the public, according to the Supreme Court.

    • D. 

      The Buckley Amendment (or FERPA) requires that campus crime statistics be kept private

  • 9. 
    True or False? If you're writing a news story on a famous person who has been admitted to a hospital, HIPPA rules allow the release of most patient information to you because you area member of the press.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 10. 
    The primary defense for the publication of truly private facts is:
    • A. 

      Newsworthiness

    • B. 

      Truth

    • C. 

      No reasonable expectation of privacy

    • D. 

      Absence of malice

  • 11. 
    Which of the following is not true about the USA PATRIOT Act?
    • A. 

      It was passed by Congress on October 26, 2001 (six weeks after September 11th attacks)

    • B. 

      It is a state-to-state information-sharing database containing criminal, public, and commercial information about citizens

    • C. 

      It increases surveillance powers (such as wiretapping)

    • D. 

      It increases government surveillance powers in searches of records held by third persons

  • 12. 
    True or False? Journalists should make it a rule to secretly tape record all conversations and interviews with sources so their notes will be correct and they can quote their sourcesaccurately.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 13. 
    Which of the following is not among the "bundle of privileges" included in a reporter's testimonial privilege?
    • A. 

      The privilege to be free from testifying at judicial proceedings

    • B. 

      Protection from newsroom searches by law enforcement agencies

    • C. 

      The privilege to not reveal the identity of a confidential source

    • D. 

      The privilege to break a promise of confidentiality to a source

  • 14. 
    A reporter will be least likely to be compelled to testify when
    • A. 

      It is a criminal case

    • B. 

      The reporter is an eyewitness to a crime

    • C. 

      The reporter is a party in a libel lawsuit

    • D. 

      It is a grand jury case

    • E. 

      It is a civil case

  • 15. 
    True or False? In Branzburg v. Hayes, the U.S. Supreme Court clearly created a reporter's First Amendment privilege.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 16. 
    True or False? State governments can create rights beyond (or greater than) those provided by the First Amendment
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 17. 
    True or False? Lower courts have interpreted Branzburg to mean that reporters have a qualified or limited privilege
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 18. 
    True or False? Non-journalists can assert a limited First Amendment privilege to not testify and/or to reveal sources or information
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 19. 
    The following is true about shield laws or other protections against subpoenas
    • A. 

      All states have shield laws

    • B. 

      The federal government has a shield law

    • C. 

      The Attorney General's guidelines as to whether to issue a subpoena to journalists are similar to the three-part Branzburg test

    • D. 

      State shield laws are virtually identical

  • 20. 
    The following is correct:
    • A. 

      The Privacy Protection Act of 1980 makes it impossible for law enforcement to get a search warrant for newsrooms

    • B. 

      Promises of confidentiality to sources can be legally enforced

    • C. 

      When journalists are served with a subpoena they should destroy all story documents to preserve source confidentiality

    • D. 

      Journalists cannot be jailed for refusing to testify

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