ISBN 9781741751031,The Journalists Guide To Media Law

The Journalists Guide To Media Law


Mark Pearson


Allen And Unwin



Allen And Unwin

Publication Year 2008

ISBN 9781741751031

ISBN-10 1741751039

Paper Back

Edition 3rd
Number of Pages 496 Pages
Language (English)

Journalistic style guides

Mark Pearsons widely used introduction to media law takes a journalists perspective. Writing in a clear non-legalistic fashion, he shows how journalists can produce ethical, hard-edged reportage while staying on the right side of the law. He also explains 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 and much expanded third edition includes new material on defamation, anti-terrorism and intellectual property to reflect changes in legislation. It offers a comprehensive overview of aspects of law which relate to a journalists 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 useful flow chart to defamation law make The Journalists Guide to Media Law a handy reference for professionals and an essential text for students

About the Author
Mark Pearson is Professor and Head of Journalism at Bond University, Queensland and holds a Master of Laws with a specialisation in media law. He has worked as a journalist on a variety of metropolitan, suburban and regional newspapers and was a section editor on The Australian. His freelance work has been published in the Wall Street Journal and the Far Eastern Economic Review and he conducts training for several media groups.

Table of Contents
Part 1
Journalist and the legal system
Media law and ethics
The legal system
The legal system
Freedom of the press
Part 2
Reporting crime and justices
Open justices
Contempt of court
Court reporting and restrictions
Part 3
Journalists and reputations
Identifying defamation
Defending defamation
Part 4
Investigative journalism
Keeping secrets: confidentiality, sources and freedom of information legislation
Anti terrorism and race hate laws
Part 5
Ethics and the law
Intellectual property: protecting your work and using the work of others
The regulators
Appendix 1: MEAA (AJA) Code of Ethics
Appendix 2: Australian Press Council statement of Principles