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    Article Review: Lessons Learned By Journalists

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    A 2.5 page paper that reviews: Lessons Learned: A Lawsuit's Impact on Journalistic Behavior by Paul S. Voakes. This essay provides the purpose of the study, the hypotheses, the, methodology, the results and implications. Bibliography lists 1 source.

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    The research question was prompted by a study by Bezanson that explored how plaintiffs felt when they won or lost. Bezanson found that plaintiffs feel they have won even when  the court has ruled in favor of the journalist. In other words, the act of suing a journalist for libel is enough satisfaction for those who believe they have been  wronged by journalists. Voakes referred to this effect as "win by suing." The question Voakes then looked at was whether journalists felt they had "lost by being sued" regardless of  the outcome of the trial. Since litigation is both expensive and painful for those directly involved, Voakes wanted to know if litigation changes the attitudes or behaviors of the journalists  involved in the lawsuit. In this study, Voakes interviewed 42 journalists who had been sued for invasion of privacy and asked them to what extent the lawsuit changed their journalistic  practices. Respondents were asked to rate the extent of change on a 1 to 10 scale with one meaning no change at all. The journalists were then asked why they  had given that particular rating to the question. Of these, 89.8 percent had prevailed in court, i.e., they did not lose the case. The hypotheses were: 1. The mean  response on the measure of perceived change will be less than 3. Not supported, mean average was 4.6. 2. The greater the journalists sense of market competition in his/her market,  the less the impact of the lawsuit on journalistic practices. Not supported. 3. The larger the journalists media organization, the less the change in practice. Not supported. 4. Journalists who  had not previously been sued or threatened would be more likely to report changes. Changes in those for whom the threat was a new experience. The greatest changes were among 

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