Libel and other defamations e-learning course

Online

£ 20 + VAT

Description

  • Typology

    Training

  • Level

    Beginner

  • Methodology

    Online

  • Class hours

    3h

  • Duration

    Flexible

  • Start

    Different dates available

  • Personal tutor

    Yes

Description

You will learn: How the law has developed to balance all our various rights. How to recognise and define libel or defamation. Why slander isn't the same as libel. Why quoting someone else won't protect you. 'Off the record' or 'on the record'? - How digital media is stretching the legal system. How to identify litigious subjects. How to present 'opinion' as opposed to 'fact'. How to analyse the reader's point of view. Your options when it comes to publishing critical content.
Suitable for:
Suitable for: Anybody reporting, writing and editing - in any media - who has not been on a libel course before.

Facilities

Location

Starts

Online

Starts

Different dates availableNow taking bookings

To take into account

You will learn: How the law has developed to balance all our various rights. How to recognise and define libel or defamation. Why slander isn't the same as libel. Why quoting someone else won't protect you. 'Off the record' or 'on the record'? How digital media is stretching the legal system. How to identify litigious subjects. How to present 'opinion' as opposed to 'fact'. How to analyse the reader's point of view. Your options when it comes to publishing critical content.

Anybody reporting, writing and editing - in any media - who has not been on a libel course before.

No prior experience needed. We will give you everything you need to know.

Certificate

You have the option of receiving tailored one to one feedback from the trainer, and can contact them at any point.

We will email you a full course outline and answer any queries you have.

Questions & Answers

Ask a question and other users will answer you

Who do you want to respond to your question/enquiry?

We will only publish your name and question

Subjects

  • Law
  • Writing
  • Media
  • Libel
  • Libel defences
  • Defamation
  • Malicious falsehood
  • Criminal libel
  • Slander
  • Libel cases

Teachers and trainers (1)

Richard Sharpe

Richard Sharpe

Senior trainer

Richard Sharpe is a journalist, editor and trainer, and a frequent speaker at industry conferences and media forums. Co-founder of ETC and a Visiting Fellow of the University of East London, he has written for the Financial Times, The Herald Tribune, The Times, The Daily Telegraph and The Observer. Formerly editor of Computing magazine, he is one of Europe's leading IT writers, editing or contributing to the FT Group, Blackwell, Oxford University Press, Sterling Publications and Computer Weekly.

Course programme

Libel and other defamations

With the growth in media comes increased risk of libel and defamation, so this up-to-the-minute course is ideal for anyone writing for print or digital media. With a step-by-step approach it covers all the essential elements of libel and defamation law as it applies in English and Welsh law, as well as any material published on the internet. With quizzes to test your knowledge as you progress, by the end of this course you’ll know how to sidestep this easily avoidable and highly expensive risk!

Introduction to libel

Libel: a balance of rights

The right to freedom of speech and the right to defend reputation

Who is involved?

- The claimant

- The defendant

Definitions of libel

What defines the meaning of a piece

Where it all started and what it now covers

Which part of the law does it form part of?

Where and who is involved

The sequence for a libel action

What the claimant has to prove

Identity, published, defamed

Who can and can’t sue

Knowing whether something is sufficiently published or not

Thinking about the right-minded reader

What a barrister could make of it

What the claimant doesn’t have to prove

What’s the difference in the USA?

How long does a claimant have?

It’s all a question of reputation

The five main defences

Justification

Watching for the three As

The three levels of justifying an accusation

Fair comment

Clearly distinguish between facts and comment

What aren’t defences

Privilege

Being accurate and in context

The Reynolds defence

Doing a good job of reporting

Reportage

Reviewing

Consent

Procedures for defence

Negotiations

Payments into court

The four levels of damages

Other defamations

How they fit into defamation

Malicious falsehood

What it is

What the claimant has to prove

Slander

What it is and what media it covers

The defences

Criminal libel

Examples and defences


Exercises and quizzes

To check your understanding of the theory, during this e-learning course you will be quizzed on libel; what the claimant has to prove; defences and other defamations.

Top tips and checklists

Handy tips and checklists provided at key stages of the course. These cover vital topics including: knowing who is litigious in the subjects you are covering; identity; juxtaposition; what would the reader think; international comparisons; taking care with headlines; what to do if you get a complaint; what to do to avoid other defamations.

Libel and other defamations e-learning course

£ 20 + VAT