Media Law and Ethics

4th Edition

By Roy L. Moore, Michael D. Murray

Routledge – 2012 – 758 pages

Series: Routledge Communication Series

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This is the first textbook to explicitly integrate both media law and ethics within one volume. A truly comprehensive overview, it is a thoughtful introduction to media law principles and cases and the related ethical concerns relevant to the practice of professional communication. With special attention made to key cases and practices, authors Roy L. Moore and Michael D. Murray revisit the most timely and incendiary issues in modern American media.

Exploring where the law ends and ethics begin, each chapter includes a discussion of the ethical dimensions of a specific legal topic. The Fourth Edition includes new legal cases and emerging issues in media law and ethics as well as revised subject and case indices. In addition to a separate chapter devoted exclusively to media ethics by Michael Farrell, a new chapter on international and foreign law by Dr. Kyu Ho Youm has also been added. Resources on the companion website include updated PowerPoint presentations and a sample syllabus for instructors, and a glossary, chapter review questions, chapter quizzes, and all seven of the book’s original appendices for students.

An excellent integration of both law and ethics, this is the ideal text for undergraduate and graduate courses in media law and ethics.


Preface to the Fourth Edition

  1. Sources and Types of American Law
  2. The U.S. Legal System
  3. The Judicial System
  4. Ethical Dilemmas, Issues, and Concerns in Mass Communication, Mike Farrell
  5. Prior Restraint
  6. Corporate and Commercial Speech
  7. Electronic Mass Media and Telecommunications
  8. Libel
  9. Indecency, Obscenity, and Pornography
  10. Right of Privacy
  11. Press and Public Access to the Judicial Processes, Records, Places, and Meetings
  12. Intellectual Property
  13. International and Foreign Law, Kyu Ho Youm

Case Index

Subject Index

Author Bio

Roy L. Moore is Professor of Journalism and Dean of the College of Mass Communication at Middle Tennessee State University. He holds a Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a J.D. from the Georgia State University College of Law.

Michael D. Murray is University of Missouri Board of Curators' Professor and Chair of the Faculty Senate and University Assembly at University of Missouri-St. Louis. He received his undergraduate degree from St. Louis University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia.


This companion website serves as a comprehensive online supplement to Media Law and Ethics, 4th Edition, by Roy L. Moore and Michael D. Murray. This website offers accessible resources for students and instructors alike, featuring topics and tools such as:

  • Chapter Quizzes: These short quizzes provide a thorough review of main chapter points, with test questions ranging from multiple choice, true/false, to long-form written responses
  • Chapter Reviews: Serve as a study guide for several textbook chapters, offering supplementary questions and a focus on necessary themes and ideas
  • Key Terms: Highlight necessary terminology and phrases for each chapter
  • Web Links: Links to all seven of the book’s original appendices, including Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics, American Association of Advertising Agencies Standards of Practice, and more
  • PowerPoint Slides: Provide a chapter-by-chapter overview and expound on key points with real case studies and topical examples
  • Instructor Resources: Include answers and notes to student chapter quizzes

All of the above resources are offered as downloadable files that students and instructors can access at their convenience. With an offering of supplementary material that integrates real cases and practices in media law and ethics, this website is the ideal companion to Moore and Murray’s influential text.