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ERIC Number: ED308546
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Application of Libel Law Principles by Kansas Editors.
Bunker, Matthew D.
A study examined how well managing editors are equipped for the task of dealing with libel. Subjects, 32 (out of 46) managing editors of Kansas newspapers, responded to a questionnaire which presented eight fact situations, hypothetical, but based on reported decisions of the Kansas Supreme Court. Each decision contributed legally valid precedent and thus is the "law" in Kansas. Subjects were asked to decide whether or not the plaintiff had a case. Results indicated that a majority of the editors responded correctly to six of the eight cases. Results also indicated that editors that are more libel conscious (those managing larger circulation papers, involved in recent litigation, and those insured for libel) appear to exhibit much greater wariness in approaching potentially actionable material. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kansas