The 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 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 claims for libel or summonses for contempt
THE STUDENTS SAY
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.”
“Very detailed and lots of examples given.”
“Very helpful and easy to understand.”
THE EXPERT SAYS
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