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The Journalist's Guide to Media Law : 4th Edition - Mark Pearson

The Journalist's Guide to Media Law

4th Edition


Published: 1st January 2011
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'Journalists don't need law degrees to do their work. They do however need a sound understanding of the principles of press freedom and the ethical and legal limits of what can and should be reported. A new media landscape?makes this book even more valuable.' - Chris Masters, Walkley Award-winning investigative journalist

'The leading text book from which most journos learned their law' - Margaret Simons, Crikey
This widely used introduction to media law takes a journalist's perspective. Written in a clear, non-legalistic fashion, it shows how journalists can produce ethical, hard-edged reportage while staying on the right side of the law. The authors also explain how to negotiate some of the key ethical minefields of day-to-day reporting, focusing on ethical dilemmas which can have legal consequences.

This fully revised fourth edition offers a comprehensive overview of aspects of law which relate to a journalist's work including defamation, contempt, confidentiality, privacy, trespass, intellectual property and ethical regulation. Recent cases and examples are used to illustrate key points. Also included is an introduction to the legal system and guidelines on reporting legal issues.

Tips, summaries and a handy flow chart to defamation law make The Journalist's Guide to Media Law a handy reference for professionals and an essential text for students.


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Packed with useful and clear information

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    I use the book for study and it explains concepts that normally may be complex quite clearly.

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    Preface to the fourth edition..List of Tables..Abbreviations..Part 1: Journalists and the legal system..1 Media law and ethics..2 The legal system..3 Freedom of the press..Part 2: Reporting crime and justice..4 Open justice..5 Contempt of Court..6 Court reporting and restrictions..Part 3: Journalists and reputations..7 Identifying defamation..8 Defending defamation..Part 4: Investigative journalism..9 Keeping secrets: Confidentiality, sources and freedom of information legislation..10 Anti-terrorism and hate laws..Part 5: Ethics and the law..11 Intellectual property: Protecting your work and using the work of others..12 Privacy..13 The regulators..Appendix 1: MEAA (AJA) Code of Ethics..Appendix 2: Australian Press Council Statement of Principles..Index

    ISBN: 9781742370385
    ISBN-10: 1742370381
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 496
    Published: 1st January 2011
    Country of Publication: AU
    Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 2.54
    Weight (kg): 0.73
    Edition Number: 4