Media law court reporting

Estimated learning time: 70 hours
Fee: £162 (including VAT)
Tutor support: one hour
Credits: 7

Media law court reporting is one of the specialist options that makes up the Diploma in Journalism qualification and can be studied alongside, or following completion of the core skills. It is a required unit for those studying newspaper journalism. Candidates are required to achieve a grade A-C in this exam to be eligible for the NCTJ’s professional qualification, the National Qualification in Journalism (NQJ).

The distance learning course builds on an introduction to court reporting in the essential media law (one of the core skills) syllabus. It covers court reporting restrictions, regulatory and ethical considerations. It is an important option for those who wish to focus on hard news for any platform as courts remain an excellent source for stories.

Studying the programme will enable candidates to sit the NCTJ's media law court reporting exam, showing editors they have the knowledge to report on legal issues.

Topics covered:

  • Basic knowledge of the law, of court processes and of the hierarchy of the courts
  • Automatic restrictions on media reports of preliminary hearings
  • Contempt and related matters
  • Reporting restrictions and ethical considerations
  • Open justice (and exceptions)
  • Challenges to court orders
  • Other matters concerning coroners
  • General principles of defamation

Your learning materials will be delivered via our e-learning platform and should be studied with the latest edition of McNae's Essential Law for Journalists (book not included). 

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