20 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: This module provides for those wishing to be journalists, or studying journalism, essential knowledge of media law applying in England and Wales, and of regulatory codes which UK journalists should comply with. This law includes that of defamation, privacy and contempt of court, and other law governing court reporting. The codes seek to uphold journalistic standards generally, including protection of people's privacy and of the identities of sources promised confidentiality. The module also demonstrates that UK journalists can assert 'human rights' which in law and the codes uphold freedom of expression, including publication of material 'in the public interest'.

Restrictions on availability: Restricted to students studying JNLU01

Staff Contact: MOSLEY POLLY C
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam, Presentation

Information on the department responsible for this unit (Journalism Studies):

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Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK