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Media Law, Ethics & Professionalism

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Course Description: This course provides an overview of the legal and ethical issues in media, as well as the professional standards and practices that guide media professionals. Students will learn about the legal frameworks that govern media activities, such as freedom of speech, copyright, defamation, privacy, and access to information. They will also explore the ethical principles that guide media professionals, such as accuracy, fairness, balance, transparency, and accountability.

The course will also cover the different codes of ethics and standards in journalism, advertising, public relations, and other media-related fields.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the legal and regulatory frameworks that govern media activities
  • Develop skills in legal research, analysis, and application
  • Understand the ethical principles and values that guide media professionals
  • Develop skills in ethical decision-making and critical thinking
  • Understand the different codes of ethics and professional standards in media-related fields
  • Analyze the challenges and opportunities in media law, ethics, and professionalism
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What Will You Learn?

  • I. Introduction to Media Law and Ethics
  • Overview of media law and ethics
  • The role of media in society
  • The legal and ethical challenges in media
  • II. Legal Frameworks for Media
  • Freedom of speech and the press
  • Copyright and fair use
  • Defamation and libel
  • Privacy and confidentiality
  • Access to information and public records
  • III. Legal Research and Analysis
  • Basics of legal research
  • Finding and interpreting legal sources
  • Applying legal principles to media cases
  • Understanding the legal system and procedures
  • IV. Ethics and Professionalism in Media
  • Principles of ethical journalism
  • Values and standards in media professions
  • Codes of ethics and conduct
  • Ethical decision-making and critical thinking
  • V. Professional Standards in Media
  • Standards in journalism and reporting
  • Advertising ethics and regulation
  • Public relations and media relations
  • Media management and leadership
  • VI. Ethics and New Media
  • Challenges and opportunities in digital media
  • Social media and ethics
  • Online journalism and regulation
  • New media and the future of media ethics
  • VII. Case Studies and Debates
  • Analyzing real-world media cases
  • Evaluating ethical and legal issues in media
  • Debating ethical and legal dilemmas in media
  • VIII. Final Project
  • Applying legal and ethical principles to a media case
  • Developing an ethical and legal framework for a media project
  • Presenting and defending the project in a mock trial
  • IX. Conclusion
  • Recap of key concepts and topics covered
  • Discussion of the role of media in democracy and society
  • Future directions in media law, ethics, and professionalism

Course Content

Introduction to WABMA

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This course is for all current and aspiring media practitioners, including programmes and communications officers of NGOs, MDA’s and PRO’s who wish to understand the fundamental principles of law and ethics governing the media locally and internationally and who wish to understand the current trends such as the FoI Act, Defamation, NBC Code, etc., and how to avoid infringements.

Similarities and Differences between Law and Ethics.

Purpose of Law & Ethics in the Society   

Constitutional Obligations of the Nigerian Media

The Universal Press Laws


Contempt National Security and the Official  Secrets Act

Freedom of Information Act

National Broadcasting Code 

  The Canons of Media Professionalism

Ethical Case Studies

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I really enjoyed the course was an eye opener for me towards media law and its ethics.