JOUR 1225: Media Law and Ethics

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Course Format Lecture 4.0 h + Seminar 0.0 h + Lab. 0.0 h
Credits 3.0

Course Description

Demystifying the complex justice system and applying professional ethics is essential for journalists and professional writers to cover significant stories of public interest. In this course, students examine the legal system and the role and responsibility of the news media. They will be introduced to covering the courts and the laws that affect working journalists, legal concepts, including libel, contempt of court, freedom of information and privacy, as well as the ethics of credibility, conflict of interest, and accountability. Students will learn how to research court cases and access documents and exhibits through online databases and court registries. They will learn how to make ethical decisions and establish standards of professional conduct in the workplace.

Priority registration in this course is offered to students admitted to the Diploma or Certificate in Journalism.

Prerequisite(s): One of the following: a minimum 70% in English First Peoples 12, English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, or equivalent; a minimum "C" grade in a university-level English course for which Langara College awards transfer credit; a minimum "C" grade in ENGL 1120; an "S" grade in ENGL 1107 or 1110; or permission of the instructor.

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