The essentials of media law

These interactive media law courses are available via online masterclasses. In person options may become available again soon.

From good editorial practice and public interest, to defamation and data protection, these masterclasses are ideal for anyone looking to brush up on their media law knowledge.

These masterclasses are perfect for:

  • Anyone creating or publishing content for websites, social media or print
  • Those worried about how they or their organisations are portrayed in the media
  • Individuals or organisations working at a local, national or international level
  • Consumer, business, third sector, campaigning, personal interest
  • Your role at work
  • Court or regulator complaints and enforcing rights
  • Avoiding risks and being ready to defend a claim
  • Example cases
  • Exercises and opportunities for Q&A
  • Ongoing mentoring and feedback can be added (please ask for details)
  • Your approach: good editorial practice; public interest; newsgathering and research
  • Accuracy: negligent misstatement; defamation; malicious falsehood
  • Secrets, brand control and the right to a personal life: breach of confidence; privacy
  • Access to data: freedom of information; data protection
  • Content ownership: copyright; comissioning contracts
  • Courts: reporting restrictions; contempt; sexual offences

Dan Lee is a journalist who works for numerous media organisations, including Channel 4, Chemical Watch, Evening Standard, Health Service Journal, The Guardian, The Independent and The Times, and has written a number of books.

His multimedia journalism ranges from arts coverage, news and analysis to interviews and reportage. As well as writing, reporting and editing, Dan advises media organisations, such as the Evening Standard, on pre-publication legal and ethical issues, covering numerous topics from defamation to breach of confidence and copyright.

Dan has extensive experience of teaching on, designing and leading undergraduate, postgraduate and professional courses for Birkbeck, University of London, various industry trainers and other organisations.

Online masterclasses

  • Hosted on Zoom with a maximum of six participants to ensure an interactive, tailored session
  • To run Zoom, you will need a web browser and functioning audio
  • Two-hour sessions cover a broader range of topics and cost £99 plus VAT

Book now for Thursday 17 February

One-to-one online sessions.

  • These sessions are available on request and cost £125 an hour plus VAT
  • Please contact [email protected] to discuss your requirements and arrange a time that suits you

In-person professional development

  • Covering all areas of media law to your requirements
  • For any length of time, one hour or more, one day or more
  • From individuals to large groups
  • Discounts are available for registered charities
  • Please contact [email protected] to discuss your requirements and arrange a time that suits you

Please note: the webinars, discussions and accompanying materials are for education, discussion and professional development only. None of the information is held out as legal advice.

New dates are made available every month. If you are interested in a topic which is not currently scheduled, please contact will.go[email protected] to register your interest