Media Law is an essential and accessible introduction to the subject that will assist media; journalism and law students understand key concepts and aid their revision. This book, designed to complement existing textbooks will advise readers on how best to utilise the vast and ever growing array of information at their disposal. The tone and level of this guide makes it easy to follow and should prove invaluable in helping students construct assessed coursework. Established principles and contemporary developments in media law are covered and include: " Privacy and Confidentiality " Defamation " Contempt of Court " Reporting Restrictions " Freedom of Expression " Recent statutory and Case Law developments. Readers are shown how to research, identify and crucially apply media law principles to meet their needs and those of their examiners. This book is part of the SAGE Course Companion Series. Developed as accessible reference tools, SAGE Course Companions offer an introduction to the subject and encourage students to extend their understanding of key concepts, issues and debates.
Chapter 1.1: Thinking Like a Lawyer?
Thinking Like a Lawyer?
My task in this part of the book is to persuade you to think like a lawyer or, to be more precise, like a media lawyer. The way in which a lawyer operates varies little from subject to subject – the approach to the law remaining virtually the same, irrespective of subject content. However, the challenge for me is to also give advice to those who have no wish to become lawyers. Those who are enrolled on media studies degrees or training to become journalists will have to respond to differing expectations from their tutors. What follows, therefore, is an attempt to identify generic issues pertinent to all groups of students irrespective of course. From there, I will ...