Law and Ethics in Journalism

In this course, you will learn the basics of Canadian intellectual property law as it applies to topics relevant to writers, journalists, editors and publishers. In our ever changing environment of print and online media, these basics are always under challenge. Learn how to apply legal learning to the realities of our complex internet driven world. The heart of understanding how the law works lies in looking at fact patterns: case law decided by judges and juries and the case studies from real life that they produce such as those involving film makers, artists and writers. The facts in these cases will help guide you in your media marketing and journalism practice. We’ll look at a diverse selection of materials, culled from the legal resources and my own experience as an author and lawyer.

We recommend you bring a laptop or tablet so you can complete in-class exercises..

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Vancouver 1 Renee Sarojini Saklikar $170.00 19 Register

What will I learn?

By the end of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Identify and describe the basic components of copyright law in Canada.
  • Identify and describe the basic elements of libel and slander.
  • Explore and analyze situations regarding privacy rights and the use of images/photographs online and in print, including blogs and social media.
  • Examine case studies to develop a sense of ethical considerations faced by journalists, media marketers, and writers and editors.

How will I learn?

  • Lectures
  • Class discussions
  • In-class exercises
  • Home assignments 
  • Recommended reading

How will I be evaluated?

You will receive guidance and feedback on key law and ethics in journalism issues.

Textbooks and learning materials

We will provide custom course materials.

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