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ERIC Number: ED162377
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Nov
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Application of Television Technology to the Courtroom.
Wurtzel, Alan
Two major technological developments and some definite procedural guidelines have changed television coverage of the courtroom from what it was in the famous case of Billie Sol Estes in 1962. Today, a color camera is compact, operates soundlessly, functions under extremely low light levels, and is equipped with a powerful zoom lens. Likewise, the videotape recorder is small, uses an erasable tape, and permits a single camera located inside the courtroom to feed an electronic video signal to as many individual recorders as may be required. Combined with these unobtrusive pieces of equipment, the following guidelines for television stations help safeguard a fair trial: preparing for the courtroom coverage long in advance; assigning a media coordinator to act as the liaison between the judge and the media and as an arbiter in dealing with disputes which may arise among various media representatives; arranging with other stations for a pooling of coverage; and familiarizing the crew and reporters with the courtroom decorum in order to avoid upset. Increased television coverage in the courtroom calls for greater responsibility and professionalism on the part of network reporters and raises questions as to how the proceedings will be edited, and what impact the coverage will have on trial participants and on society's perception of the court and the legal system. (MAI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (64th, Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 2-5, 1978)