University of Technology Sydney

52640 Media Law and Ethics


1 hpw (lecture); 1.5hpw x 10wks (tutorial)


Knowledge, empathy and integrity combine in a journalist's daily working life. Using contemporary legal cases and news stories this subject looks at Australian and international media law and ethics, and traces the dilemmas and decisions impacting journalism and the communication industries. Students examine the legal parameters within which media professionals operate and the increased sophistication of and citizen interaction with digital and social media technologies. Students consider the commercial, social and political underpinnings of legacy media as contributing factors in the news media’s contemporary issues, alongside the new ethical boundaries being drawn to accommodate the production of media content in a digital world. In this subject, students learn about developing their own set of values when reporting the news. The course includes discussion of the latest verification tools being used to combat misinformation, disinformation, and examines miscontextualisation of media stories.

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Autumn session, City campus

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