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Accredited media law basics diploma

Media law basics

Course summary

Price:
£394.50 incl VAT. Payment instalment options
Instalments:
3 x monthly payments of £131.50. No charges, interest or credit checks.
Tutor:
Cleland Thom
Requirements:
None
Duration / hours:
Approximately 60-80 hours of study. You work at your own pace
Accreditation:
ABC | EADLABCC | IADL
Qualification:
ABC Awards certificate of achievement | CMP diploma
Awarding body:
ABC awards

Course review

Matt McAdam: media law basics course

The course went a lot deeper into the nature and workings of media law than I thought it would. The tutorial support was very knowledgeable, helpful, and friendly. I learnt all I need to know about any potential legal difficulties when writing news

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Josette Lesser: media law basics course

The course content was very interesting. The scenarios for each task were practical, and they were also challenging enough to make you think outside the box. Very enjoyable.

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James Ducker: media law basics course

The course surpassed my expectations. I was alarmed by some of the things I didn't know, or was unaware of, but now feel a far more confident and capable journalist having done the course. The tutorial support was excellent.

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Darren Tynan: media law basics course

I wanted to know media law basics to help me with my blog.The tutorial support was very helpful: CMP courses are of the best quality. The course content was straightforward. CMP have been very helpful to me and I will be doing more courses.

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Amanda Rees: media law basics

I enjoyed the course content. I also love the fact that CMP offers short courses such as this, as they meet the needs of modern society. All in all, I am very impressed and very confident in the knowledge my tutor has.

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Course overview

Internet law courseOur media law basics course gives you a thorough grounding in all the essential legal issues relevant to journalists, editors and bloggers.

Whether working online or in print, there are many potential legal pitfalls of which you need to be aware.

Our online media law basics course takes you through everything you need to know, with practical examples and in-depth tutor feedback.

The course is particularly relevant for:

  • freelance writers and bloggers who want to work within the parameters of the law
  • media professionals who need legal training for their current role, or who want to update their existing skills
  • anyone new to the world of media who wants a full understanding of the legal issues they may face during the course of their work

Former student, Josette Lesser, thought the content of the course was ‘very interesting’. She was particularly impressed with the prompt and ‘insightful’ feedback she received. See her review

Our comprehensive media law basics course will ensure you understand:

  • what constitutes ‘libel’ under the Defamation Act 2013
  • how to comply with copyright and privacy laws
  • the relevant codes of practice relating to the media
  • the specific requirements of covering court cases, crime and the victims of criminal acts

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Qualification

ABC awards logoAt the end of this course, successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards, and a Learner Unit Summary, which lists the details of all the subjects you have completed as part of the course.

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme

We will also email you the fully accredited CMP diploma, which is recognised throughout many different industries, and will enable you to apply for jobs, or gain regular freelance work.

Subjects

This course covers everything you need to know to stay legal online

Lesson 01: Introduction
  • List the laws that affect journalists
  • Define the sources of UK law
Lesson 02: Libel
  • Explain how the Defamation Act 2013 affects online content
  • Ensure online content is legally safe
Lesson 03: Contempt of court
  • Define the ways a journalist and the media can be in contempt of court
  • Ensure copy and photos are legally compliant
Lesson 04: Sexual offences and FGM
  • List the restrictions that apply to alleged victims of sexual offences and female genital mutilation
  • Ensure copy and photos are legally compliant
Lesson 05: Children and crime
  • List the restrictions that apply to under-18s involved in crime
  • Ensure copy and photos are legally compliant
Lesson 06: Copyright
  • Explain how copyright laws affect what the media publish
  • Ensure online content is legally compliant
Lesson 07: Confidence
  • Explain how the law of confidence affects what the media publish
  • Ensure copy and photos are legally compliant
Lesson 08: Privacy
  • Explain how the law and media regulatory codes affect what the media publish
  • Ensure copy and photos are legally compliant
Lesson 09: Ipso and Ofcom codes
  • Explain how the media regulatory codes affect journalists' conduct, and what the media publish
  • Ensure behaviour, copy and photos are compliant
  • Operate the public interest defence effectively
Lesson 10: Covering courts
  • Explain how the law affects journalists' ability to attend court cases
  • List the reporting restrictions that affect copy and photos 
  • Ensure behaviour, copy and photos are compliant

Why you could benefit from media law training

Working as a media professional requires a good understanding of the relevant laws and regulations. This is also true if you publish a blog.

Our media law basics course helps you avoid the potential legal problems you might encounter, including:

  • using words and images that may belong to someone else
  • publishing controversial content about individuals or organisations
  • reporting stories involving children or victims of sexually-based crimes
  • interacting with the police and criminal justice system

Many budding journalists and bloggers take the time to hone their research, writing and reporting skills, but fail to appreciate the importance of knowing the law.

However, falling foul of the law can be costly and damaging.

Our online media law basics course helps you understand the relevant laws and regulations, as well as how to apply them in the real world.

Former student, Darren Tynan, wanted help with the legal aspects of running a blog. He was so impressed with the quality of the course that he plans to study with us again! See his review

Whether you work in print or online, our comprehensive media law basics course will ensure you can write, edit and publish your content with confidence.

Course tutor: Cleland ThomCleland Thom

Group editor | lecturer | blogger | legal advisor | mentor

Independent |BBC |M.E.N. Media |Archant |Newsquest | Trinity Mirror 

Cleland is recognised as one of the leading trainers and consultants in media law.

He has delivered in-house courses for every UK media group, and is the Press Gazette's legal blogger

He is author of several books, including Internet law for journalists, and gives legal advise to a number of media groups and corporations.

He will mark your work, answer your questions and give you friendly help and advice.

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This course gets results

Our graduates get articles published most days. Many of them have gone on to become successful freelancers, and make a good living from writing.

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We'll connect you with the right people

Media law is about knowing the right people: the editors, the publishers and the staff journalists who make the decisions.

Our tutors have a huge range of active contacts on newspapers, magazines, websites, blogs and radio / TV stations. They can make personal introductions for you when it is appropriate.

We have arrangements with top news and feature agencies. If your work is good enough, they will sell it for you, and split the proceeds with you 60-40%. You get the 60%!

And we also have databases with the contact details of thousands of UK newspaper, magazine and radio journalists - essential when you are selling work, looking for work experience or job hunting.

Many of our students already have the experiences, skills and relationships to produce article ideas.

We have the expertise to turn those ideas into marketable content, and the contacts to help them get it published.

Course delivery

You will have access to our Online Learning Area, where you can:

  • download course materials
  • submit assignments
  • use our college libraries and resources
  • chat to other students
  • keep up-to-date with college news

Our turn-around time for marking work is three working days. We usually provide same-day tutorial support on weekdays.

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When you finish

When you complete the course, you will receive two respected qualifications:

These recognised awards will add value to your CV, as well as help you spot and solve legal problems safely.

What you need to study media law

  • access to a computer, tablet or similar device
  • internet access
  • Microsoft Word or equivalent: OpenOffice, iWork pages
  • an email account

Course reviews

Media law course student, Josette LesserThe course content was very interesting. The scenarios for each task were practical, and they were also challenging enough to make you think outside the box. Very enjoyable. Josette Lesser

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