This course is designed to specifically address the legal concerns of those running hyperlocal websites, bloggers and other small community publishers. The downside of gaining audiences for these sites can sometimes be the ensuing legal threats that emerge.
The course deals with the main legal pitfalls that face such enterprises and how to avoid them; how to use the law to maximise useful content on your site; and what to do when legal threats arrive in your inbox.
Topics covered include Libel, copyright, privacy&confidentiality, restrictions on writing about crime and the courts, contempt of court, freedom of information and ethical issues.
The session combines presentations with practical workshops where those attending work in groups to address real-life scenarios.
Those attending should leave confident that they can spot legal problems before publication and so avoid time-consuming and potentially costly complaints.
All those attending will be able to call on David's expertise subsequently as he offers free email or phone guidance to anyone who has attended one of his training days.
You will also be able to sign up to his free monthly email bulletin which updates you on developments in the law.
David Banks is a journalist with 23 years’ experience and a media consultant delivering training to a range of national and regional media, NGOs, government, charities, PR companies, universities and the police. He is a trainer who has created and managed successful courses in media law, journalism and production journalism for both print and online publications.
He was co-author of 18th, 19th and 20th editions of McNae’s Essential Law for Journalists, the standard text on media law, used daily for authoritative legal guidance in newsrooms and educational institutions across the UK.
He was a member of the Ministry of Justice advisory panel that examined reform of libel laws in 2010 and he also advised the MoJ on allowing greater media access to the family courts.
In 2011 he was invited to contribute to the inquiry by Lord Justice Leveson into the culture, practices and ethics of the press following the phone-hacking scandal.
He writes regularly on law and the media for The Guardian, The Independent and The Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to BBC Breakfast as well as other BBC TV and radio news programmes.
20% discount available on tickets purchased before 24 December. To redeem this offer enter XmasOffer into the promotional code area.
The course will take place on 31 January 2013 in Central London (venue TBC).
Maximum number of students: 30 places, on a first-come basis.
We're very excited to be launching The Mumsnet Academy - a brand new enterprise which aims to curate a portfolio of fantastic courses to fit around family commitments and busy working lives.
A while back we asked you what courses you would like and the programme of masterclasses, workshops, and events we've come up with is a reflection of your responses.
To help us deliver the programme we have enlisted some fabulous experts in a range of fields as well as teaming up with some great partners who have a reputation for delivering high-quality, life-changing courses.
This collaborative approach allows us to offer a programme across a range of different subjects including entrepreneurship, business, technology, social media, blogging, history of art, creative writing, publishing, gardening, philosophy, finance, fashion as well as courses concerned with self-improvement and the concept of learning to live wisely and well. Some of these courses will be skill-based, while others will explore concepts, theory and ideas.
If we've missed something you think is a must, fear not, we will be adding classes to our portfolio all the time so please drop us a line or complete the suggestion box on our website.
One of the things that we felt was important was to ensure our Academy courses are available across the UK and we are pleased to announce that we will be running events in Birmingham, Edinburgh, London and Manchester from day one. We are also keen to develop some online courses and hope to announce the first of these later this year.
While our courses are scheduled at times which are more convenient for those with young children, they are absolutely open to everyone. Ultimately, the overall aim of the Mumsnet Academy is to bring people together in a thought-provoking and fulfilling environment where there is a universal willingness to explore ideas, develop skills, and learn from experts as well from each other.