Rules Governing the Media: Definition & Examples


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Marge is running for public office. Her opponent suggests (falsely) on the evening news that Marge used state money to fund her personal vacation. Her opponent's accusation is an example of _____.

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1. If a news organization wants to do a story on the allocation of federal grant money, which of the following would be most helpful?

2. Your favorite presidential candidate is appearing on a television talk show. You learn that your least favorite candidate will be on the same show the next day. The television station is likely honoring the _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet gauge your understanding of the rules governing the media. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include the purpose of various FCC regulations.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review the following:

  • Federal law that promotes openness to information possessed by the federal government
  • Regulation that requires that broadcasters provide candidates with an opportunity to respond to criticisms made against them
  • FCC regulation that allows fines and other punishments for the broadcasting of obscene programming:

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on the rules governing the media
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the media and candidates for elected offices
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about accessibility to government information

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson Rules Governing the Media: Definition & Examples. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the U.S. Constitution's provisions for freedom of the press
  • Identify the ways media is regulated, including libel, slander, and defamation
  • Recognize the FCC's role in maintaining decency standards
  • Understand the FCC regulations concerning political campaigns and election
  • Identify the FCC's relationship with cable and internet media