Journalism Day 18-Libel and Slander

Today we're going in depth about slander and libel. You should remember these from your earlier vocabulary lists. 

Libel

a published false statement that is damaging to a person's reputation; a written defamation.

Example: a newspaper reports a story about a company that exceeds it profit goals by 200% every quarter pays its employees only minimum wage. The company has actually stuck to minimally steady growth with many levels of salaries and wages among its employees. 

Slander

the action or crime of making a false spoken statement damaging to a person's reputation.

Example: a political candidate says their opponent is feeding money to ISIS when they are not. 

Quiz!

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A story is printed about a woman scaling a mountain to save her dog. She climbs 448 feet. The paper reports she only climbs 430 feet. What is happening here? *
A paper prints a story with known false statements. *
A reporter prints a story quoting an employee from company XYZ. This employee openly discusses the violent practices of his boss. The reporter prints exactly what the employee says. What type of defamation is this? *
A school board member openly critiques the superintendent's personal life on Facebook. What is this situation called? *
An anonymous employee steals the intercom system microphone and shouts wild stories and lies about a fellow employee. What is happening here? *