Hi, welcome to Weishen Li’s website “Protecting News Sources: A Study of Shield Law”. This website is created for the final project of MMC 5206 Advanced Law of Mass Communication. Currently, I’m a second-semester master’s student at the University of Florida and my major is Telecommunication. Besides making me realize how the media industry is greatly influenced by laws in the field of communication,  the course informs me of  issues I should pay attention to and equips me with legal tools I can use to defend myself  in my future career. By doing this project, I have an opportunity to get a deeper understanding of  protection for journalist’s sources in the U.S. Like other topics covered in this course, issues in this field also reflect the perennial question that how to strike a balance between freedom of expression that is guaranteed by the First Amendment with other various interests in the society. It will be interesting to see further development of shield law in the U.S, especially the effort on the federal level, with a growing concern on national security and the maturity of the Internet. Please feel free to leave me a comment.



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