Libel Case Studies
From: COPY EDITORS HANDBOOK FOR NEWSPAPERS 3rd Edition ã2007 by Anthony R. Fellow & Thomas N. Clanin
Edit or rewrite the following if necessary. Explain why each of the items would or would not be the basis of a possible libel suit.
1) A story’s lead: A Thousand Oaks mother who stole her 5 year old daughter after a court awarded custody of the child to an unrelated Van Nuys man is being held on $120,000 bail.
2) A news story: Nathan Collier, a 21- year-old
3) A headline: Doctor found ‘not guilty’ in murder of wife
4) A feature story:
5) A review: Great news for fans of Peter O’Toole: He finally sobered up enough to begin work on another film.