Essential media law & court reporting

As a journalist, there will be occasions when your legal knowledge is as important as your ability to craft an intro. You don’t need to be a solicitor, but you do need to know how to keep your newspaper out of trouble – and your editor out of jail.

Press freedom is enshrined in our law, so it is vital to know how doggedly you can pursue a story without fear or favour and understand the full implications of what you are writing.

The module covers a number of important topics from contempt and defamation to libel and slander. There are a number of restrictions on reporters in certain scenarios so it is key to know what you can and can’t write or say at specific times.

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If this all sounds totally foreign to you, don’t panic. We will be building from the absolute basics and you will soon have a grasp of when the press can attend court, how reporting restrictions can be appealed and the limitations in place when covering cases involving sexual offences or children.

You will also tackle copyright, breach of confidence, privacy, disclosure of sources and more, with plenty of opportunities for discussion.

One beacon of light during the revision grind will be McNae’s Essential Law for Journalists, the textbook for Media Law.

This is an absolute must, keeping a complicated subject relatively simple and giving explanations that tally with the exam marking guide.

With a proven blend of focussed lectures and light-hearted exercises – including the newly-created Law Bingo – we consistently navigate all our trainees through this crucial subject ensuring you’ll leave us with a thorough grounding in Media Law.