2013 course

Week 1

Introduction to the module with Marcos: ICE Media Room 10.00 – 12.00

1.    Marcos will outline his background and experience as a Broadcast Journalist working for the BBC in news, daytime strands and presenting a world music programme.

2.    Students to introduce themselves, why they have chosen this programme of study and what they see as the role of journalism.

3.    Marcos to introduce the two key badges required of all practicing journalists; a knowledge of media law to a level that reporting, writing of articles and broadcasting can be carried out safely avoiding prosecution and a good level of how public administration functions, in order to research and report on matters concerning government and matters of public interest.  This will include a brief overview of the key areas of law that will be tested including Contempt and Defamation. And also a brief introduction to the complex structure of local government in England and Wales. Marcos will also introduce the two key texts for this module:  Banks, D and Dodd, M (2012) Essential Law for Journalists 21st Edition, OUP and Morrison, J (2013) Essential Public Affairs for Journalist 3rd edition, OUP.

Week 2

MARCOS IS VISITING MALAGA UNIVERSITY THIS WEEK.

STUDENTS SHOULD SPENT PART OF THEIR MORNING ATTENDING THE RADIO SKILLS SESSIONS WITH PAUL ATKINS, EXACT TIMES AND ROOMS TO BE ADVISED.

THEY SHOULD ALSO SPEND TIME RESEARCHING STORIES CONCERNING THE RESPONSABLITIES OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT – A TYPICAL EXAMPLE COULD BE THIS TYPE OF STORY:

Eric Pickles attacks councils putting motorists off high streets

Eric Pickles has hit out at councils over the “anti-car dogma” that he warns is contributing to the death of Britain’s traditional high streets.

Mr Pickles, the Communities and Local Government Secretary, said that “draconian” parking policies and pointless “street clutter” have led to motorists abandoning town centres.

He is calling on local authorities to ban speed bumps and parking bollards that put people off travelling to local shops.

Town Halls must also reduce parking charges that “undermine the vitality of town centres”, Mr Pickles added.

The Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) will this week issue new planning guidance that he hopes will force councils to make high streets more car-friendly.

He said that current rules are simply “driving motorists into the arms of internet retailers and out-of-town superstores”.

Week 3

Lecture and seminar: ICE Media Room 10.00 – 12.00

Could I really find myself spending a week in jail for nodding off in the press gallery during a Crown Court hearing?’

Marcos will present an overview of the media law to be tested in the mock and timed test.  The areas to be covered will include; Defamation, Contempt, Court and Crime Reporting, Sexual Offences, Submitting a Freedom of Information Request, the Human Rights Act the importance for journalists in understanding the remit of the Data Protection Act, Reporting Inquests, and the Official Secrets Act.

Week 4

VISIT to BBC RADIO OXFORD.

Please note change of start time.

09.00 – DEPART for OXFORD

Assemble in ET lobby at 08.50 ready to board mini-bus at Fairfax street.

After a busy morning at BBC Oxford and lunch and sightseeing in the City of Oxford, the mini-bus will depart from Oxpens Coach Park for a visit to Banbury for the scheduled M41MC seminar with a visit to Prodrive, the English Motorsport and automotive group based in Banbury.

Please note that this visit will also include the scheduled seminar for M41MC.

This purpose of this trip is to observe the practice of newsgathering in a multi-media environment as BBC Oxford houses a radio station broadcasting its own programmes from five in the morning to seven in the evening, produces its own web pages and has a weekly television opt from BBC One. There will be an opportunity to meet journalists producing these contrasting products for radio, television and online, tour the studios, become familiar with the software of radioman, ENPS, the new news portal and watch live broadcasting.

Week 5

 

Week 8

1.    Examination of a case study; the Ipswich Prostitute murders of 2006.

In preparation for the written timed law test, to be sat on Monday January 13th, students will revisit the legal and ethical issues that arose over the reporting of this celebrated crime story which occurred in late 2006.  The BBC was one media organisation that accepted that lessons could be learned from how they reported this case in respect of both the restrictions the Contempt of Court Act places on journalists when covering crime and also the ethical standards that are expected when working for the Corporation.  Particular attention should be paid to the interviews and portrayal of Tom Stephens during the course of the police investigation.  An audio excerpt from a subsequent BBC training course will be played out and students should make notes in preparation for a question on the forthcoming timed law test.

In anticipation of a question on this case which focuses on both legal constraints and ethics, students should also research the celebrated ‘Bristol pizza murder’ of 2010.  In light of the lessons to be learned from the ‘Ipswich Prostitute Murders’, research should be conducted into the reporting of the Bristol case with particular reference to Christopher Jefferies, the landlord of the student Joanna Yeates who was found murdered.

2.    Discussion and final agreement over the selected topics for the Central Government presentations to be held on Monday 25th November from 09.00am – please note the earlier start.  The topics and running order will be agreed in this session.

3.    Announcement of the newsday to be staged on Monday 9th December from 09.00am.  Students to be given roles including presenters, editor, producer, journalists, reporters, broadcast assistants and travel and weather reporters.

Week 9

Students will individually present their 15 minute presentations on Central Government and submit both a hard copy of the presentation and also the 1000-word article on the topic.

Week 10

1.    Revision and overview of the key areas of media law that will be tested by the written law test to be sat on Monday January 13th.   The scope of the test will include libel with particular reference to the amended Libel Law, court and crime reporting with reference to the Magistrate Court Act and the Contempt of Court Act, the reporting of Sexual Offences, the Data Protection Act and ethical considerations with reference to the reporting of the 2006  ‘Ipswich Prostitutes murder inquiry.

2.    Students will practice on a range of questions including both multiple choice and those involving scenarios where decisions need to be made whilst considering legal constraints and potential prosecution.

Week 11

NEWSDAY

Students will work towards preparing a 4 minute news bulletin at 12.30 followed by a 20 minute all speech lunchtime sequence covering student, local and national stories.  Please note the earlier start and that we will meet in ICE before moving to a base closer to the radio studios in ET.

Week 12

TIMED LAW TEST and SUBMISSION of the RADIO PACKAGES on an issue relating to the responsabilites of LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Students will sit a written close book law test lasting one and a half hours.  The scope of the test will be Defamation, Crime and Court Reporting, Sexual Offences, Data Protection and ethical considerations with particular reference to the NUJ code and the guidelines of media organisations including the BBC.

Week 13

END OF MODULE PARTY and RETURN OF REMAINING MARKS

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