Guide to the Washington State Association of Broadcasters Films 1974
Cage 814

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Title
Washington State Association of Broadcasters Films
ID
Cage 814
Date
1974
Extent
3.0 boxes
General Physical Description note
1.5 linear feet of shelf space
Language
English
Abstract
The "Cameras in the Courtroom" 16 mm film contained here represents a 1974 pilot of whether news cameras in courtrooms in Washington State would disrupt proceedings.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description] Washington State Association of Broadcasters Films, 1974

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

In 1974 the Washington State Association of Broadcasters spearheaded an effort to introduce the use of cameras in state courtrooms. Three Seattle commercial television stations, KIRO, KOMO, and KING, each filmed a day in the negligent homicide trial of Thomas Dean Fetter in King County Superior Court, Judge Stanley C. Soderland presiding. Besides recording the testimony each day, this "Cameras in the Courtroom" film includes post-trial interviews with the participants who by and large respond that the presence of the cameras neither distracted nor influenced their behavior. Though the footage was never broadcast, the film begins with a reporter "lead-in." Washington State University Communications Professor Val Limburg noted that the "film became an instrument to help judges change their mind about allowing cameras into their courtrooms" (1987 May 22 memo in MS 2002-17; a copy is filed with the collection).

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of a three-part 16 mm film "Cameras in the Courtroom" that records footage from the 1974 negligent homicide trial of Thomas Dean Fetter in King County Superior Court.

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Arrangement note

The collection is arranged in a single series.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 2015

http://www.libraries.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open and available for research use.

Conditions Governing Use note

Copyright restrictions apply.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Professor of Communications Val Limburg donated this collection to the Washington State University Libraries in 1997 (MS 1997-34).

Processing Information note

This collection was processed by Susan Vetter in 2015.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Val Limburg Papers, MS 2002-17

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Controlled Access Headings

Subject(s)

  • Civil Procedure and Courts
  • Court records -- Access control -- Washington (State)
  • Courts -- Press coverage -- Washington (State)
  • Media and Communication
  • Television broadcasting of court proceedings -- Washington (State)

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