Workshop: Introduction to Media Law

Workshop July 6, 2012 9:30 AM

This one-day course led by co-author of McNae’s Essential Law for Journalists covers:

  • Libel
  • Contempt
  • Reporting the courts
  • Sexual offences
  • Privacy and confidentiality
  • Copyright

The course acts as a refresher and to update delegates on new areas of media law or would serve as an introduction to media law for those with little or no experience in this field.

The course includes updates on:

Legal areas being explored by the Leveson inquiry:

  • Bribery Act,
  • RIPA,
  • Data Protection Act
  • Misuse of Computers Act
  • Media ethics, the PCC and the future of media regulation.

The session is suitable for those working in print, online or broadcast journalism.

The day is a mixture of lectures and interactive workshops where attendees will work in teams to solve legal problems drawn from real-life situations.

Those attending will leave with a good working knowledge of the legal issues listed above as well as the ability to recognise where risks arise, take action to avoid them and ensure they can defend themselves effectively from legal threats.


Morning – Crime, the courts and victims

9.30am – Crime and reporting proceedings – magistrates, crown court and other courts

10.30am – Children, and anonymity

11am – Sexual offences and victims’ anonymity

11.30am – Contempt of Court – dangers and defences

Afternoon – Libel, privacy and ethics

1.30pm – Libel – dangers and defences

2.30pm – Privacy, confidentiality, data protection and the public interest

3pm – Ethics and the Leveson inquiry

4pm – Copyright

4.30pm – Questions and finish

Trainer Bio:

David Banks has been a journalist for 24 years and has been training journalists since 1999. He is an expert on media law and has taught courses to most of the major national and regional newspaper groups, as well as a range of other organisations. He was a member of the Ministry of Justice working party on libel reform in 2010 and contributed to the Leveson Inquiry into press standards earlier this year. He co-authored three editions of McNae’s Essential Law for Journalists and now writes for The Guardian on media law.