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Chapter Three Reading Notes September 13, 2010

Filed under: PRCA 3330 — rebekahkatherine @ 7:33 pm

The topic for chapter 3 of Public Relations Writing and Media Techniques was how to avoid legal hassles, something very important for all PR professionals. Here are some things I learned:
1. According to the AP Stylebook, “libel is injury to reputation. Words, pictures, or cartoons that expose a person to public hatred, shame, disgrace, or ridicule, or induce an ill opinion of a person is libelous.”
2. When quoting someone, always quote exactly what they said and always check your sources and don’t be negligent with the truth.
3. The key to avoiding a defamation suit is to watch your language.
4. When the media inquires about an employee, only comfirm that the person is an employee, their title and job description, and when they were employed. No other information is necessary.
5. A copyright protects literary works, musical works, and things of that nature, but not ideas. And a copyright is only applicable for the life of the creator and 70 years afterwards and 95 years for corporations.


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