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Ready to broadcast: media law, regulation and ethics

With the advent of the 24 hour news cycle and digital publishing, not only has navigating media law never been trickier, but the consequences of making a mistake are more serious and longer lasting than ever. This course will give you the tools you need to ensure you don’t get caught out. It draws together a range of legal and media experts and provides early career journalists and community broadcasters.


About this course

If you don’t have formal media qualifications, or even if you do, it’s possible you don’t know what you need to when it comes to the legal and ethical implications of broadcasting. And that’s a major risk.

In this course specifically designed for community broadcasters, non-profit media bodies, and student and early career journalists, you will get the opportunity to learn from industry and academic experts about critical issues such as defamation, codes of practice, court reporting, copyright, vilification, and ethics.

You will grapple with the rationale behind media law and understand the mechanics of community radio codes of practice. You will be given the opportunity to see how these codes and laws are applied to organisations’ editorial policies.

The importance of ethical journalism practices will also come under the spotlight, from the basics of checking your sources through to editorial approval processes.

Through a series of interviews and case studies, you will engage with the specific legal topics of defamation, vilification, copyright and contempt of court. You will also consider the impact of social media technologies

You will be guided by experts including:

  • Peter Fray, Professor of Journalism Practice and Co-Director of the Centre for Media Transition
  • Melanie Withnall, Manager, ABC Radio Sydney
  • Derek Wilding, Co-Director of the Centre for Media Transition
  • Grant McAvaney, CEO at Australian Copyright Council
  • Kym Middleton, Head of Editorial & Events, The Ethics Centre
  • Baron Alder, Partner and insurance law expert, Moray and Agnew
  • Tracey Holmes, Journalist and Presenter, ABC News Radio and The Ticket podcast

Course Structure 

  • Defamation and social media
  • Contempt of court
  • Copyright
  • Hate speech
  • Privacy
  • Practical ethics
  • Codes of practice
  • What to do if something goes wrong


Why you should do this course?

  • Stay out of trouble: get the practical knowledge you need to be a broadcast journalist today
  • Develop the ethical understanding you need to make the right decisions as a broadcaster
  • Learn from academic and industry experts, including senior professionals from ABC, 2SER, Moray and Agnew and The Ethics Centre
  • Have the confidence to publish your work without fear of getting sued
  • Gain some of the foundational knowledge required for the Master of Advanced Journalism.

Who is this course for?

This course is suited for those who are looking to create and publish their own broadcast and journalists who need to get their head around this fast moving space. 

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Meet the Expert

Peter Fray

Peter Fray
Professor of Journalism Practice, UTS

Peter is one of the country's most experienced and innovative media professionals. A former editor or editor-in- chief of The Sydney Morning Herald, The Sun-Herald, The Canberra Times and The Sunday Age, Fray has lived the reality of the digital revolution that's forever changed the way journalism is practiced, received and distributed.

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