The London School of Journalism

Media Law Course


This is a two-part course, which will give students a first-class understanding of media law. Students may attend just the first two days (the introductory course), or all three days (the full course). Attendees of the Introductory course receive the Media Law Certificate, and successful attendees of the full course receive the Advanced Law Diploma.

The course is designed for working journalists, PR officers and those contemplating a career as staff or freelance writers in any sector of the industry. It is suitable for those employed in newspapers, magazines, web publishing and broadcast media. It forms a perfect revision opportunity for those planning to sit the NCTJ media law exams.

In order to be awarded the Diploma, attendees of the full course are required to sit a two hour open-book exam, either by attending the LSJ, or by using our web-based, secure, timed exam room.

Law tutor Andrew Knight has worked with most of the UK's major newspaper groups and has provided refresher courses for journalists from across the industry, as well as preparing candidates for their preliminary and final NCTJ exams.

  Day 1:   You and the law. Rights and restrictions - the legal context. Crime and the courts. Libel risks and defences. Ethical dilemmas.
  Day 2:   Human rights, privacy, confidentiality. Copyright law. Contempt of court. Children and young people. Sex offences. Codes of conduct. Freedom of Information. Conclusions.
  Day 3:   Legal dilemmas. FOI, data protection and Official Secrets. Protection of sources. Court reporting restrictions and challenges. Financial reporting. Conclusions.
  Books:   McNae's Essential Law for Journalists and Media Law course notes (London School of Journalism 2015). Cost included in course fees.
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