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Ah, yes. Laws and Ethics. While most of these two chapters were refreshers for me, having taken US government and applied ethics (not to mention my social justice minor), I learned a few things about how these relate to journalism. I’d never heard of reporter privilege or shield laws, hadn’t realized you can’t sue the President for libel (unfortunate), and while most of the ethics chapter boiled down to basic human decency and critical thinking, I didn’t have names for the ethical approaches discussed at the beginning of the chapter.

I loved that one of the headings in the ethics chapter was “Be Human.” It sounds simple, but it’s something corporations, politicians, and journalists often forget. All people are people and should be treated with respect, and this is hard for some folks. But this was a nice reminder that a lot of things are just that simple.

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