In April 2012, the School of Law began publishing the Journal of Media Law & Ethics (ISSN1940-9389), an online, peer-reviewed journal exploring current legal issues facing the media including copyright, defamation and reporters' privilege.
Published quarterly, JMLE seeks theoretical and analytical manuscripts that advance the understanding of media law and ethics in society. Submissions may have a legal, historical, or social science orientation, but must focus on media law or ethics.
In the current issue of the UB Journal of Media Law & Ethics, Wat Hopkins takes another look at the Supreme Court’s decision in the famous case of Sheppard v. Maxwell, concluding that the Court was simply wrong in its factual finding that Dr. Sam (“The Fugitive”) Sheppard’s trial was a “Roman Holiday” or a “Carnival,” which prejudiced his right to a fair trial. Rather, Hopkins says, both the trial judge and the reporters covering the trial acted with “decorum comparable to the best.”
In the second article, Caitlin Carlson reviews a variety of theoretical justifications for and against protecting hate speech – enacting a new anti-hate speech law, expanding the federal threats statute, and recognizing group defamation as a tort – and concludes that the best path forward for individuals intentionally harmed by hate speech is to bring a claim for intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Next, Jason Martin analyzes survey data to investigate Ghanaian journalists’ attitudes toward libel law protections, Right to Information legislation, and professional roles. Martin found that journalists in Ghana perceive themselves as straddling normative press freedom roles of watchdog and social responsibility, while incorporating unique elements of their culture in their work.
Finally, Roxanne Watson takes a deep dive into the practice of pay-for-play “payola” in the musically influential country of Jamaica. Following an analysis of the harms caused by the Parliament’s failure to prohibit payola, Watson employs Kant’s deontological ethics theory to provide an ethical rationale, in the absence of laws, for containing this “bane” of Jamaica’s music and broadcast industries.
All theoretical perspectives are welcome. All manuscripts undergo blind peer review. Access to JMLE is available to the public at no charge.Exclusivity:
All manuscripts must be original and must not be under consideration at other journals.
All manuscripts will undergo blind peer review. The normal review period is three months or less.
The ideal length for submitted papers is 20-30 double-spaced pages (6,000 to 8,000 words using 12-point Times Roman or equivalent type), including footnotes, tables, and figures. Longer manuscripts will be considered when space is available.The submission and review process will be electronic; all manuscripts should be prepared using Microsoft Word or converted to that format. Email should be sent to the editor, Eric B. Easton, professor of law.
All footnotes should be in Bluebook form. All text must be double-spaced except tables and figures, which must be "camera-ready." Microsoft Word is the required software program for formatting manuscripts. The title page should include the title of the manuscript, names and affiliations of all authors, as well as their addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses. Five key words for referencing the document in electronic databases are also required. Only the title page should contain identifying information. The second page should include the manuscript title and an abstract of 150 to 250 words. All figures and tables must be formatted to 5.5 inches in width and no more than 7.5 inches in height.
Copyright and Production Notes:
All works submitted must be original and must not have been published elsewhere. Authors of works that are selected for publication shall retain the copyright in their works. However, authors should give the Journal of Media Law & Ethics and the University of Baltimore School of Law a nonexclusive right to publish the work in journals, books, or any other collections that it may publish at the same time or in the future. Authors shall be given credit in such works and will continue to control the copyright in their own works. After a manuscript is accepted for publication, the author or authors are expected to proofread and edit the page proofs when they are provided.
Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright owners to use lengthy quotations (450 words or more) or to reprint or adapt a table or figure that has been published elsewhere. Authors should write to the original copyright holder requesting nonexclusive permission to reproduce the material in this journal and in future publications of the University of Baltimore School of Law.
Email an electronic copy of manuscripts to: Eric Easton, Editor.