Media Law, Ethics and Expression in the Digital Age


The temptations of sloppy and unethical journalistic practices and the consequences of giving into those temptations have never been more prevalent than it is in today’s rapidly-changing fast and competitive digital space.

Every journalist, publicist and creative entrepreneur needs to have an understanding of how the law applies to their trade. This knowledge will not only develop your own ideas about proper conduct and just behaviour, but knowing the law is your best insurance against potentially devastating legal consequences.

Along with the other social media-related challenges, fake news and disinformation have also attained wider implications for journalists and media organisations. The “disinformation war” is becoming a growing global concern.

Hence, besides this course will take you through the new rules covering social media, the war against fake news, and the implications of freedom of expression, so that you stay abreast of developments, even if you’ve had previous media law training.

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

  • Gain an up-to-date working knowledge of the current legal and ethical risks in the digital media world
  • Deal with key challenges faced by media professionals in the age of social media
  • Solve problems of competing values, both news values and social values, when making, writing and publishing decisions
  • Identify fake news, avoid disinformation and learn how to check facts
  • Collect and analyse news, information and documents in a way that not only complies with the law, but also maintains the boundaries of press

This course is for you if

  • You’re a media enthusiast who wants to understand the laws that govern the current media landscape
  • You are a media practitioner who whose previous law training may have been rendered out of date by recent legal developments
  • You are a fresh school leaver who wants to pursue a career in journalism and gain a perspective of current legal trends and ethical considerations in the media industry

What you will learn

  • Distinguishing between Ethics and Law
  • Code of Ethics of Professional Journalism Organisations
  • Responsibility in the Age of Digital Journalism
  • Case Studies of Ethical Dilemmas in the Digital Age
  • Being Legal – Dangers and Defences
  • Fake News and Disinformation: The New War On Truth
  • Freedom of Expression

Meet your Trainer

Steven Gan

Course Date

TBA (Sat & Sun only; 9:30am to 5:30pm)

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