Workshop: Introduction to Online Media Law

Workshop Friday 31 January 2014, 9.30AM - 5.00PM

Standard £150.00
Freelance/Student £125.00


This one-day workshop acts as a refresher, to update delegates on new areas of media law. It also serves as an introduction to media law for those with little or no experience in this field. It focuses on the law as it applies to online publication and social media, illustrated by the latest cases.

This course covers:

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

The course also includes updates on:

• The future of press regulation after the Leveson report
• The Defamation Act 2013
• The Bribery Act
• Data Protection Act
• Misuse of Computers Act.

While featuring online aspects the session is also suitable for those working in print or broadcast journalism as well.

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 after the Leveson inquiry
4pm: Copyright
4.30pm: Questions and finish

About the trainer
David Banks has been a journalist for 25 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 including the Crown Prosecution Service, the Post Office, police forces, local authorities, charities and NGOs. 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. He co-authored three editions of McNae’s Essential Law for Journalists and now writes for The Guardian on media law.