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Ready to Broadcast: Media Law, Regulation and Ethics

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Imagine if you got sued for defamation. Would you know what to do? How could you avoid landing there in the first place? This course draws together a range of legal and media experts. It provides early career journalists and community broadcasters with the knowledge they need to grapple with the complex broadcast law and ethics environment.

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About this course

If you don’t have formal media qualifications, it’s possible you don’t know what you need to when it comes to the legal and ethical implications of broadcasting. And that’s a major risk.

In this course specifically designed for community broadcasters and student journalists, you will get the opportunity to learn from industry and academic experts about critical issues such as defamation, codes of practice, court reporting, copyright, vilification, and ethics.

You will grapple with the rationale behind media law and understand the mechanics of commercial and community codes of practice. You will be given the opportunity to see how these codes and laws are applied to organisations’ editorial policies.

The importance of ethical journalism practices will also come under the spotlight, from the basics of checking your sources through to editorial approval processes.

Through a series of interviews and case studies, you will engage with the specific legal topics of defamation, vilification, copyright and contempt of court. You will also consider the impact of social media technologies.

Finally, you will be given some insights into what to do when it all goes wrong. In short, you’ll be ready to deal confidently with the legal and ethical implications of broadcasting.

You will be guided by experts including:

  • Peter Fray, Professor of Journalism Practice, UTS
  • Grant McAvaney, Team Leader, Disputes (Legal), ABC
  • Melanie Withnall, Managing Director 2SER 107.3
  • Geoff Field, Journalist and multi-ACRA nominated newsreader
  • Kym Middleton, Head of Editorial & Events, The Ethics Centre
  • Baron Alder, Partner and insurance law expert, Moray and Agnew

Course structure

  1. Why we have media laws, codes of practice and editorial policies
  2. Journalism’s basic ethics
  3. Applied media law: defamation, contempt of court and vilification
  4. Social media: the impact on broadcast media
  5. What to do if something goes wrong

Why you should do this course?

  • Stay out of trouble: get the practical knowledge you need to be a broadcast journalist today
  • Develop the ethical understanding you need to make the right decisions as a broadcaster
  • Learn from industry experts, including senior professionals from ABC, 2SER, Moray and Agnew and The Ethics Centre
  • Have the confidence to enter the community broadcast sectors or start practising as a journalist
  • Benefit from teaching and research drawn directly from UTS's Master of Advanced Journalism program

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