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This course covers every aspect of media law. Each lesson includes a practical assignment which is based on the real world of media law. All assignments are personally marked and graded by your tutor, so you’ll be receiving expert feedback at each stage of the course.

Lesson 01: Introduction

  • List recent changes in the law and the regulatory codes.

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 9: 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.

Lesson 11: Media and the police

  • List the laws that the police can use to restrict the activities of journalists and photographers.
  • Explain the rights and protections that journalists and photographers have in certain situations, and how they can be applied in practice.

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