Ethics training discussed at seminar

NCTJ media law tutors discussed the programmes of study and the teaching of regulation and ethics at the NCTJ Media Law Seminar in London on 30 March.

Following the official launch of the 21st edition of McNae’s Essential Law for Journalists, by chair of the Press Complaints Commission Lord Hunt, delegates debated the future content of the media law syllabus and shared their views on the current examination structure. They discussed the possibility of further regulation and ethics subject-matter and additional questions.

NCTJ chief executive Joanne Butcher had opened the event with an overview of how the organisation is reviewing its approach to teaching ethical standards and professional practice. The review will look in detail at the current approach and whether changes are needed for the future.

The NCTJ has submitted evidence to the Leveson Inquiry about the general teaching of ethics, its examination in media law exams and its integration into all components of NCTJ qualifications. As well as case studies from NCTJ-accredited courses, McNae’s Essential Law for Journalists also formed part of the evidence.