COM 100 - Professor Kenny’s class – DUE Thursday 6/25
MID-TERM Paper – Min. of 5 pages in length plus a works cited page MLA FORMAT – TIMES NEW ROMAN SIZE 12 FONT
PBS\FRONTLINE\NEWS WAR - PART ONE
Your paper must address these questions:
Summarize the Plame Affair. What was the event or events that led up to PlameGate?
Who is Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame?
Explain what a Reporter’s privilege is?
Why is the principal of a Reporter’s privilege or the principal of protecting the confidentiality of a source vitally important to journalists and the news organizations they work for?
Explain the evolution of confidentiality in journalistic reporting and how it changed in recent times?
Who is Patrick Fitzgerald? (brief)
What was the unusual arrangement that Fitzgerald made in the Valerie Plame case in order to get Reporters to testify as to who their sources where in their reporting on the story?
Who were the two Reporters that refused to give up their sources and which news entities did they work for? Which one went to jail for refusing to testify during Fitzgerald’s investigation?
What was the end result of the PlameAffair? Did anyone go to jail for outing Valerie Plame as a CIA officer? If not, who did go to jail and for what reason?
What is your opinion about having a Free Press in America?