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

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

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

Successful student Matt McAdam told us: ” The course went a lot deeper in to the nature and workings of media law than I thought it would. The tutorial support was very knowledgeable, helpful, and friendly. I learned all I need to know about any potential legal difficulties when writing and publishing my work.”

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 or refresh their existing skills.
  • Anyone new to the world of media or publishing who wants a full understanding of the legal issues they may face during the course of their work.

You will benefit from unlimited tutor support from David Porter, who is Senior Journalism and media law lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University. He will help you every step of the way.

He will also give you personal feedback on every assignment, answer your questions and provide expert guidance, so you get the very best out of the course.

Our comprehensive media law 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.

If you are a media professional who publishes anything in print or online, then this course is a must.

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Media law course subjects

This vocational course covers every aspect of media law. Each lesson includes a practical assignment which is based on real world media law scenarios. 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 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.

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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Accreditation and quality

We comply with the very highest external standards. We are:

Each organisation has its own standards, code of practice and complaints procedure, so you can enrol with complete confidence.

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Media law course certification

Our media law course has been independently endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme. So at the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the Units the learner has completed as part of the course).

In addition, you will receive the accredited CMP level 3 diploma in Media law, which is recognised in the UK and beyond. It proves you are a qualified in media law.

These certifications will equip you to apply the law in the workplace or for your own freelance business

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Media law course tutor: David Porter

Media law expert | Senior journalism lecturer

As a media law course learner, you will work 1-2-1 with David Porter, who has more than 20 years experience working as a journalist on weekly newspapers in and around Manchester, latterly as an editor.

He is now senior journalism lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University.

As well as his teaching duties he marks media law papers for the NCTJ (National Council for the Training of Journalists) and is currently studying for a PhD.

He also takes part in a weekly media law podcast called @bangtorights

He will mentor you, mark your assignments, and give you expert advice.

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Media law course payment options

This course costs £594.50 including VAT. This is all you pay. There are no hidden charges, and we have a range of payment methods, so you can purchase your course wherever you live.

You can either pay the fee in full, or with four monthly instalments of £148.62 including VAT.

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What happens when I enrol?

There are no set enrolment dates for this media law course. You can begin studying when you want to.

Once you have completed your enrolment form and paid your fee, you will receive a login to our Online Learning Area.

There, you will find your learning materials and other resources. You can start studying when you want to.

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