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Appendix C: Journalism: A Guide to Recent Literature - Section 8. Regulation, Ethics, and Critique
Under the American system of governance, government agencies and decisions help define the largely private or commercial arena within which journalism is practiced. Under the country's constitution, law provides both benefits and protections but also limitations on what media can or cannot do or report. Generally, however, thanks especially to the First Amendment (1791), government is quite limited in the degree to which it can control news media content. The literature on all of the topics included in this section is substantial and ever changing thanks to new findings and legal determinations, especially those of the U.S. Supreme Court. Thus for other than historical work, it is necessary to have the latest information at hand, and increasingly that is found online rather than in print. Furthermore, some of this material is narrowly legal in nature, while other studies retain a broader policy context. American Society of Newspaper Editors. Codes of ...