first thing to say about Newsdesk Law is that it is a learning aid.
It does not pretend to be a text book.
There are many media law text books each with hundreds of pages densely
packed with information needed by lawyers, newspaper editors, radio
station managers, reporters and sub-editors and, yes, journalism students.
The trouble for many learners is that very mass of detail makes it difficult
to isolate and understand where the basic building blocks of libel,
privacy, court reporting, freedom of information and copyright come
Once people understand those basic building blocks all the finer points
of law slip into place. This is what Newsdesk Law provides –the
key principles of media law explained in detail using actual case-histories
to illustrate each and every important point.
is designed primarily for journalism students but we believe that the
Libel and Privacy sections especially are of value also to people who
already work in newspapers, television or radio and who need to brush
up on the very latest developments.
Others who will find them useful are the citizen journalists who send
blogs soaring out into the great wide world without perhaps realising
how vulnerable they can be to writs for libel or summonses for contempt
WHAT THE REVIEWS
“ The sections on Reynolds Privilege defence and on privacy are
particularly good because they explain complex issues simply. The book
will be very useful as an aide memoire to practitioners and as a student
text book.” Manchester barrister Peter
Buckley who advises national newspapers on libel and contempt.
“ The book has enough detail on the
key areas of libel and contempt of court to act as a valuable aide memoire.
It also includes a very practical guide to how the courts work, with
useful (redacted) examples of real-life court lists, and even a custody
sheet with a guide to their interpretation. Where this book scores over
some others is in its succinct explanation of the developing area of
privacy. This is well targeted at journalists, with enough background
and examples to put it in context without going too deeply into the
legal arguments.” - BBC
College of Journalism.
WHAT THE STUDENTS
The pocket-sized book was road-tested by a small group of journalism
students. This is how they summed it up:
“I found it was very useful and unlike many books it was written
in an easy way to understand.”
“I believe it is a great resource. It makes media law a lot easier
and compact for the student.”
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