Our media law courses are aimed at journalists, editors and PR professionals who want an introduction to, or update on, all aspects of media law affecting the material they produce and publish.

A one-day session can be tailored to include the core areas of law and issues that are most relevant to the sectors you cover. Or book a half-day course focussing solely on on libel law, for example. Bespoke courses can provide greater depth and discussion on specific topics such as libel, copyright, privacy law, court reporting or aspects of media regulation. A typical one-day course may cover:

Defamation:

  • Libel defined
  • Defences to libel in the current Defamation Act
  • Common danger areas, including how libel affects print and online publications; plus handling user comments on social media
  • Recent cases and precedents Good practice tips to help you avoid potential difficulties

Copyright law

  • What copyright is designed to protect
  • Common web and print copyright issues
  • Examples and recent cases
  • Tips on what to look out for

Reporting on legal issues (if required)

  • A rough guide to what you can and can’t report when a case is ‘active’
  • Reminder of Contempt of Court issues and libel dangers
  • Anonymity issues in reporting courts

Other core areas of law (if required)

  • Confidentiality law
  • Update on privacy law
  • Using the Freedom of Information Act

Q&A

  • A chance for attendees to raise questions relating to their own titles and sites.