A practical guide for journalists, public relations and marketing professionals, bloggers and social media experts to staying on the right side of the law.
We are all journalists and publishers now: at the touch of a button we can send our words, sounds and images out to the world. No matter whether you're a traditional journalist, a blogger, or handling social media for a company, everything you publish or broadcast is still subject to the law. But which law?
This widely used practical guide to communication law is essential reading for anyone who writes or broadcasts professionally, online or in traditional media. It shows how to publish or upload what you want, while staying on the right side of the law and behaving ethically.
This fifth edition has been substantially revised to reflect the international nature of online media. It covers defamation, contempt, confidentiality, privacy, trespass, intellectual property, and ethical regulation, as well as the special challenges of commenting on criminal allegations and trials. Recent cases and examples are used to illustrate key points and new developments. It includes a new chapter on the law of public relations, freelancing and media entrepreneurship.
Whether you work in a news room, in public relations or marketing, or blog from home, make sure you have The Journalist's Guide to Media Law at your side.
'Whether you're an MSM editor or reporter, a blogger, a tweeter or a personal brand, this book might save your bacon.' - Jonathan Holmes, former ABC Media Watch host
'The leading text book from which most journos learned their law' - Margaret Simons, Director of Centre for Advancing Journalism, University of Melbourne
MARK PEARSON is Professor of Journalism and Social Media at Griffith University. He is author of Blogging and Tweeting Without Getting Sued, has worked as a journalist for international and Australian media outlets, and is Australian correspondent for Reporters Sans Frontieres.
MARK POLDEN is a Sydney barrister. He was formerly in-house Counsel for one of Australia's largest listed media companies, and has advised and appeared for numerous defendants in media law cases.
Media & communication studies
Table Of Contents:
Preface to the fifth edition
PART 1 DIGITAL LEGAL LITERACY
1 Media law in the Web 2.0 era
2 Free expression and mindful practice
3 Legal and regulatory systems and principles
PART 2 ISSUES IN JUSTICE AND TRANSPARENCY
4 Open justice and freedom of information
5 Contempt of court
6 Covering court
PART 3 THE MEDIA AND REPUTATIONS
7 Identifying defamation
8 Defending defamation
PART 4 SECRETS, TERROR AND DISCRIMINATION
9 Keeping secrets: Confidentiality and sources
10 Anti-terrorism and hate laws
PART 5 KEY ISSUES FOR THE DIGITAL ERA
11 Intellectual property: Protecting your work and using the work of others
13 The law of public relations, freelancing and new media entrepreneurship
Appendix 1: MEAA Code of Ethics
Appendix 2: Australian Press Council Statement of Principles
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