Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

Summer 2015

Publication Title

Teaching Journalism and Mass Communication


Journalism and Mass Communication


Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business


This case study on journalism instruction in Tennessee seeks to gain insight on the instruction of sunshine laws in the journalism curriculum. Such laws are necessary tools for journalists, who gather public information to write their stories, either by attending open public meetings or by filing open records requests. Journalists generally learn more about sunshine laws in the professional newsroom. Research from this one-state case study identifies two issues, curriculum complications and faculty experiences, as reasons why these laws might not be covered rigorously. The results could reflect similar barriers in other journalism programs throughout the United States.

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