Libel and other Defamation Law

ContentETC Training and Elearning
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3 hours
20 GBP excl. VAT
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Course description

Libel and other Defamations

With the growth in media comes increased risk of libel and defamation, so this up-to-the-minute elearning course from ContentETC is ideal for anyone writing for print or digital media.

With a step-by-step approach it covers all the essential elements of libel and defamation as it applies in English and Welsh law, as well as material published on the internet. With quizzes to test your knowledge as you progress, by the end of this interactive online training course you'll know how to side-step this easily avoidable and highly expensive risk!

The course comes in 5 parts:

  1. Introduction to libel and libel in England and Wales
  2. Ireland: What the claimant has to prove
  3. Ireland: The defences of fact and comment
  4. Final defences in Ireland and procedures
  5. Other defamations

You will learn:

  • How the law has developed to balance all our various rights
  • How to recognise and define libel or defamation
  • Why slander isn't the same as libel
  • Why quoting someone else won't protect you
  • "Off the record" or "on the record"?
  • How digital media is stretching the legal system
  • How to identify litigious subjects
  • The differences between "Opinion" and "Fact"
  • How to analyse the reader's point of view
  • Your options when it comes to publishing critical content

...and much more.

Suitability - Who should attend?

This course is great for anybody reporting, writing and editing - in any media - who has not been on a libel course before, or who needs a refresher.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

Certificate of Attendance

Feedback from the trainer

The beauty of elearning is that you can do it at a time and place to suit you. But you won't be alone! Your trainer, Richard Sharpe, will talk you through the key points to improve your skills and knowledge, and at any time during your elearning course, you can email him with any queries or comments.

Richard can also give you invaluable one-to-one feedbackon your own work. If you buy the trainer feedback option with your course, email him your libel queries after you have completed the elearning and he will supply you with individual guidance, comments and practical suggestions. This unique feedback really brings your elearning to life and makes sure you have truly grasped - and applied - all of the key principles.

Training Course Content

Exercises and quizzes

To check your understanding of the theory, during this elearning course you will be quizzed on:

  • Libel
  • What the claimant has to prove
  • Defences and other defamations

Top tips and checklists

Handy tips and checklists at key stages of the course. These cover vital topics including:

  • Knowing who is litigious in the subjects you are covering
  • Juxtaposition
  • What would the reader think
  • International comparisons
  • Taking care with headlines
  • What to do if you get a complaint
  • What to do to avoid other defamations

...and many more.

Continuing Studies

Libel and other Defamations is a perfect companion to our Copyright and Intellectual Property Law course.

About provider

We train people to communicate. 

Our elearning, in-house and remote courses are tailored to help you with:  Effective Business Writing; Copywriting; Digital Content and Social Media; Storytelling; Media Training; Video Skills and Media Law. We also run the Professional Publishers Association Foundation Certificate in Journalism. Our trainers are journalists and professional...

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