Media Law at the Newhouse School

Law of Public Communication 2013 Update (8th Edition)
Law of Public Communication 2013 Update (8th Edition)

Law of Public Communication 2013 Update (8th Edition), the textbook for COM 698: Media Law at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

If you ask the average person they may not think that a class on communications law would be particularly exciting. They’d be wrong though. Jasmine McNealy somehow makes a potentially dry subject into something interesting to non-law students. I enjoy it so far and am particularly looking forward to leading a class discussion on political speech next month. If you’re interested, here’s the syllabus for COM 698: Media Law.

Moving Quickly at the Newhouse School

During the first week of class of the fall semester, (of the M.S. in Public Relations here at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications) I was concerned that classwork alone would not secure me a job starting in June 2013, when I’ll be done classes at Newhouse and have to find a full-time job, or, failing that, a full-time eight-week internship.

So, I looked for something that I wasn’t learning in my required classes and found ICC 625: New Media Business, jumped through all the hoops to audit it, and have been actively engaged in discussions every Wednesday morning.

The New Media Business professor, Vin Crosbie, is a managing partner of Digital Deliverance and is the senior consultant on Social and New Media and Curricula at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

I’m very much looking forward to the next lecture, “Creative Destruction and How Supply & Demand Affects Media Economics, Business Models, Consumption, Law, and Content Itself”. You can follow me @GeoffBCampbell on Wednesday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m for highlights of the discussion.

I also have been wanting to know more about how university faculties decide on tenure so I nominated myself to be one of seven graduate students on the Newhouse Student Representative Committee. I was elected (albeit from 6 named candidates and a write-in option) and from there I ran (opposed) and was elected by a majority of graduate representatives to be the graduate student representative on the Newhouse Tenure Committee.

I cannot discuss the private discussions but when the committee needs student input I’ll be sure to include notifications here. I’m very much looking forward to being a part of this very important committee and upholding the strong reputation of the faculty here at Newhouse.

Lastly, I applied for and was hired to be Professor Seth Gitner‘s graduate research assistant. I’m doing varied research on multimedia storytelling that I will write more about in the future.

All of that work is on top of my full-time classes: COM 698: Media Law, PRL 605: Public Relations Theory, PRL 611: Public Relations Research, and PRL 614: Advanced Public Relations Writing for Digital Platforms which, all-together, I’ve found to be nothing to scoff at.

Today, I’ll be discussing Controlling Expression in Media Law, doing an in-class assignment in writing, doing multimedia storytelling research, reading dense academic text for Theory, and doing preliminary research for my case study in PR Theory. As a general rule I won’t be posting a lot (apart from the required posts for PRL 614) due to the workload but if anything major comes up I’ll be sure to share it here. For now I’ll wish you a positive productive Monday and leave you with a song. I hope your Monday goes better than this:

[Fall 2012] M.S. in PR at Newhouse

Maple Leaf and Forest Canopy, Gatineau Park, Quebec. Ron Watts / Getty Images

This semester is different than last. No more graphic design and no more day-long classes. I’m taking what actually seem to be graduate-level courses in communication – Theory, Research, and Law – in addition to a course that helped persuade me to come here: PRL 614: Advanced Public Relations Writing for Digital Platforms.

In Theory we’ll be writing a theory and original research-based case study.

In Research we’ll be performing research for a local client that (ideally) will inform our PR Campaign activities in the Winter Semester.

Media Law is a more traditional course comprised mostly of course readings and exams on expression, obscenity libel, privacy and IP laws and court cases.

For Adv. PR Writing we’ll be presenting a PR/social media case study, a crisis communication mock press briefing, an online press kit, and regular writing assignments.

I’ll be writing some blog posts here as required for the writing course in addition to anything else that seems relevant. In addition to courses I hope to be elected to a graduate spot on one or more student representative committees through Student Affairs. Lastly, if have an interview this week for an amazing research assistant position that I’ll be sure to wrote about regularly if selected.

Side note: I just inputted all of my exam/due dates onto my calendar and while it would be a busy semester if I were chosen for both of the above positions, I’m not really nervous because I’ve done a good deal more work more many times over at Mount Allison University. Theory and Research may be covering concept that are foreign to me right now but I’m not concerned about my ability to master them and manage my time well if I’m fortunate enough to secure one or both of the above positions.