JOUR403-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019

Media Law and Ethics

15 points
18 Feb 2019 - 23 Jun 2019


What every journalist should know. This course will examine the key laws and regulations affecting the media and journalists, as well as the ethical issues underpinning journalism practice. Students will develop a critical understanding of basic media law and relevant ethical codes, as well as practical skills in court reporting.

Learning Outcomes

  • By the end of this course, you are expected to have a critical understanding of media law and relevant ethical codes, the reasons for them, and how they apply to journalism.
    You are expected to demonstrate:

    Personal Attributes
  • a high standard of communication skills
  • a high level of analysis, critique, synthesis and problem-solving
  • independent judgment

    Interactive Attributes
  • an ability to work effectively and collaboratively with others

    Specific course attributes
  • a critical understanding of the range and impact of laws and regulations restricting the media and journalists in New Zealand, including their underpinning key principles
  • a critical understanding of ethical journalism practice
  • an ability to identify and act within key ethical, legal and regulatory obligations


Subject to approval of the PGDipJ coordinator

Timetable 2019

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 10:00 - 13:00 Elsie Locke 104 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun

Course Coordinator

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences Head of Department


We will attend the Christchurch courts as a class (date tbc), and you will return to court individually to write news reports. To ensure that media coverage is fair and acceptable, our courts are governed by strict rules about what can be reported and how reporters must behave. It is your responsibility to check what is expected before you attend court.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $923.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

Limited Entry Course

Maximum enrolment is 25

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences.

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  • JOUR403-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019