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2 day Media Law with David Banks

Day 1

An introduction/refresher in media law covering the following topics:

  • Libel
  • Slander
  • Malicious Falsehood
  • Contempt of Court
  • Restrictions on reporting Magistrates Court
  • Reporting restrictions involving children and youth courts
  • Inquests
  • Admission to the courts and challenging court orders
  • Laws relating to sexual offences
  • Privacy and confidentiality
  • Data Protection
  • Copyright
  • Social media
  • Codes of ethics for print and broadcast journalists

Day 2

This is a workshop day building on Day 1 and will split into two. Broadcast in the morning and print and online in the afternoon.

Candidates will work individually and in groups to tackle a series of scenarios of increasing complexity, featuring various aspects of law and ethics.

At the end of each scenario there will be a group discussion to debrief and explore the legal issues in detail.

The aim of the day is to enable those attending to put the lessons learned on day one into practice in ‘real life’ situations, enhancing their decision-making skills in a complex and fast-moving media environment.

The sessions run from 9.30-12.30pm and 1.30-4.30pm.

About the trainer – David Banks, David is a journalist with 24 years’ experience and delivers NUJ Training Wales’ course on Media Law and Ethics. He is a media consultant delivering training to a range of national and regional media, NGOs, government, charities, PR companies, universities and the police. He is a trainer who has created and managed successful courses in journalism, media law and production journalism.

He was co-author of 18th, 19th and 20th editions of McNae’s Essential Law for Journalists. He writes regularly on law and the media for The Guardian, The Mirror and The Independent. He is a frequent contributor BBC TV and radio news programmes.

David Banks is a journalist with 24 years’ experience and delivers NUJ Training Wales’ course on Media Law and Ethics. He is a media consultant delivering training to a range of national and regional media, NGOs, government, charities, PR companies, universities and the police. He is a trainer who has created and managed successful courses in journalism, media law and production journalism.

He was co-author of 18th, 19th and 20th editions of McNae’s Essential Law for Journalists. He writes regularly on law and the media for The Guardian, The Mirror and The Independent. He is a frequent contributor BBC TV and radio news programmes.

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