Open Access Honors Program Thesis
This study will examine how current proposals for a federal shield law compare to protections offered by state legislatures and state courts. My research will address the effectiveness of current state-level protections for journalists' use of confidential sources using analysis of data from a national survey of news outlets. By determining how different aspects of state protections influence subpoena frequency and compliance, I attempt to evaluate the key aspects of legislation currently being considered in Congress, the Free Flow of Information Act of 2009. I find clear evidence that the presence of a statute and a number of its provisions are likely to decrease the frequency of subpoenas.
Year of Submission
Department of Political Science
University Honors Designation
A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors
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©2009 Lisa Dahlke
Dahlke, Lisa, "Impact of a Proposed Federal Shield Law" (2009). Honors Program Theses. 755.