Welcome to the Companion Site!

This site is intended to enhance your use of The Law of Journalism and Mass Communication, Sixth Edition, by Robert Trager, Susan Dente Ross, and Amy Reynolds. Please note that all the materials on this site are especially geared toward maximizing your understanding of the material. 

The Law of Journalism and Mass Communication, Sixth Edition offers a clear and engaging introduction to media law with comprehensive coverage and analysis of key cases for future journalists and media professionals. Students are introduced to key legal issues at the start of each chapter, building their critical thinking skills before progressing to real-world landmark cases that demonstrate how media law is applied today. Contemporary examples, emerging legal topics, international issues, and cutting-edge research all help students to retain and apply principles of media law in practice. 

The thoroughly revised sixth edition has been reorganized and shortened to 12 chapters, streamlining the content and offering instructors more opportunities for classroom activities. This edition also goes beyond the judiciary—including discussions of tweets and public protests, alcohol ads in university newspapers, global data privacy and cybersecurity, libel on the internet, and free speech on college campuses—to show how the law affects the ways mass communication works and how people perceive and receive that work.


We gratefully acknowledge Susan Dente Ross and Amy Reynolds for creating the materials on this site.