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.

Thinking Like a Journalist

Thinking like a journalist

If you are in training to become a journalist, you will, of necessity, have to adopt a more ‘practical’ approach to media law. The law is often viewed as a ‘background’ subject, albeit an increasingly important one. While you will be made aware of key themes, such as the public interest and freedom of expression, the emphasis in the course is likely to be on ‘trade-craft’ issues.

The major areas for consideration in this context will be defamation, reporting restrictions and court reporting in general, contempt of court and how journalists protect their sources. These topics, particularly defamation, will also feature in a ‘conventional’ media law course, but, if you are a degree student, you may well spend less time ...

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