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JOUR9005 - Media Law,Ethics&Prof.Practice

Title:Media Law,Ethics&Prof.Practice
Long Title:Media Law,Ethics&Prof.Practice
Module Code:JOUR9005
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Expert
Field of Study: Journalism
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2017/18 ( September 2017 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: ROSE MC GRATH
Module Description: This module will explain the legal framework that is relevant to the practice of journalism. It will outline the legal system as it relates to journalists and provide a comprehensive knowledge of the relevant codes of conduct, the legislation and intellectual property rights. Media ethics and professional practice will also be explored, along with the particular ethical issues arising in new media and public relations
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Describe and evaluate the main principles of media law in the context of the work of media professionals and the dissemination of information in an open and democratic society.
LO2 Explain, analyse and critically evaluate ethics and professional practice within the media Industry.
LO3 Assess the role of self-regulation in the media industry and understand and evaluate the role of codes of ethics.
LO4 Critically evaluate the impact and importance of the Freedom of Information Act as it applies to the media industry.
LO5 Describe and analyse the importance of Intellectual Property Rights in the media environment and evaluate the impact of new media technologies on IPR.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
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Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Overview and Introduction: the Principles of Media Law
Source of Law. Freedom of the Media. Freedom of Speech. Defamation Law. Regulation of print and broadcast media. Media law in the Irish and international contexts. The protection of privacy in Irish Law. Obscenity, Indecency, Blasphemy and Racial Hatred. Definition. Offences and defences.
Overview of the role of Ethics in the Media
The meaning of ethics. The relationship between law and ethics. Ethical theories and application to issues in the media. Ethical issues in the context of digital media.
Freedom of Information and the Media
Background to the Freedom of Information Act. Function and operation of FOI and media uses
Intellectual Property Rights in the New Media Era
Importance of IPR to journalists. Forms of IPR. Existence of copyright. Infringement of copyright. Defences and remedies. IPR in the Information Age. IPR and internet-based media.
Media Self Regulation and Censorship
Voluntary regulation and media. Journalistic ethics. The need for ethical decision-making in all media. Professional conduct. NUJ and Codes of Practice. Seeking redress from the media. The role and powers of the Press Ombudsman.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Essay Essay on the ethics and professional practice of journalism 2,3 20.0 Week 6
Written Report Report - assessment of specific legislation as it pertains to the operations of the media 1,3,4,5 40.0 Week 10
Project Project on a key legal principal relating to media e.g. privacy, freedom of expression 1,2 40.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecture on media law, ethics and professional practice 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Self-directed study 5.0 Every Week 5.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Eoin Carolan 2010, Media Law in Ireland, Tottel Publishing [ISBN: 9781847660657]
  • Andrea Martin 2011, Media Law in Ireland, Oaktree Press [ISBN: 9781904887461]
  • Chris Frost, 2007, Journalism Ethics & Regulation, Longman London [ISBN: 1405835362]
  • Richard Lance Keeble, John Mair 2012, The Phone Hacking Scandal, abramis [ISBN: 9781845495336]
  • Tim Crook 2010, Comparative media law and ethics, Routledge London ; New York [ISBN: 9780415551571]
  • Damien McHugh 2006, Public Relations and Corporate Communications Law in Ireland, First Law [ISBN: 1904480381]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Daniel J. Solove, 2008, The Future of Reputation [ISBN: 0300144229]
  • Daniel J. Solove, 2009, Understanding Privacy [ISBN: 0674035070]
  • Denis Kelleher, Karen Murray, 2007, Information Technology Law in Ireland, Tottel Publishing Dublin [ISBN: 978-1845921118]
  • Cecilia Friend and Jane B. Singer 2007, Online journalism ethics, M.E. Sharpe Armonk, N.Y. [ISBN: 0765615746]
  • edited by Matthew Kieran 1998, Media ethics, Routledge London [ISBN: 0415168384]
  • Charles Ess 2010, Digital Media Ethics, Polity [ISBN: 978074541638]
  • Bruce E. Drushel, Kathleen German 2011, Ethics of Emerging Media, Continuum [ISBN: 9781441183354]
  • Stephen J. A. Ward. 2011, Ethics and the media, Cambridge, UK; Cambridge University Press [ISBN: 9780521889643]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_HJWNM_9 Master of Arts in Journalism with New Media 2 Mandatory
CR_BPRNM_9 Master of Arts in Public Relations with New Media 2 Elective

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