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  • Paperback: 520 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 21 edition (29 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199608695
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199608690
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 2.5 x 15.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mark Hanna is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sheffield, and Chair of the NCTJ Media Law Examinations Board. Mike Dodd is the Press Association's legal advisor. He is a qualified lawyer with nearly 40 years' experience as a working journalist.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By T. Crook on 11 Jun. 2012
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I must congratulate the joint authors/editors, Mark Hanna and Mike Dodd, on taking on the development of a new edition of the standard essential law for journalists textbook covering the UK.
They are so well-qualified to cope with the task- one (Hanna) now a respected academic in the journalism education field at Sheffield University, and the other (Dodd) a legendary editor of the Press Association's 'Media Lawyer.'

They have managed to brilliantly and accurately assimilate the whirlwind changes in primary (case law and legislation) and secondary media law (regulation), have slimmed down the printed book and developed an effective companion web-site. As something of an old hand myself in teaching media law, I take my hat off to them, will order the book for our library, and recommend it to my students.

The difficulty we all face in this field, and so do our trainees and journalism students, is the dangerous and continuing assault on media freedom and open justice in Britain, combined with the disturbing political moral panic accompanying the ongoing Leveson Inquiry.

Stability, consistency, logic, basic standards of rule of law, and freedom of expression are fragile quantities, as anybody reading the balanced and neutral presentation of the issues in this edition will certainly find.

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In the light of the scandal about fake, malicious and manipulated reviews on Amazon, I am happy to declare that I have very limited professional acquaintance with the 2 authors. Mike Dodd has published one article (unpaid)that I wrote for PA Media Law Newsletter. I paid for the copy of the book I reviewed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Finnegan on 9 Dec. 2012
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I am a journalism student and I bought this book for a media law class. It is very easy to read, it makes law simple to understand! I would usually sell my books on after reading them, but this is one I'll be keeping for future reference! Would definitely recommend for other students.
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I have been using different editions of this book for a long time. Been a while since I saw a new one and the latest offering has been suibjected to a lot of decorative typography. It used to look like a law book. Now it looks like a website. Content still much the same, though. The book is comprehensive, up-to-date and concentrates on the practical stuff. For my taste it's a bit cautious in its advice on some topics. This is the book your libel insurer hopes you will read. If you want to be a star investigative reporter Robertson and Nichol pay more attention to what you can get away with. If you want to pass the proficiaency cert law exam then this is the book for you.
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This book has just helped me pass my Media Law exam, and it's a must-have for journalism students who want to work with a newspaper or as a court reporter. All the information is up to date and there are case studies to illustrate points. I found it extremely helpful and I'm sure I'll be referring to it in years to come if I end up working for a newspaper.
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I brought this book for a media, law and ethics class that I had in journalism at university. It's well laid out, has everything you need to know and makes law really simple to understand - something that I thought would be a hard task! My lecturers told me to buy this book and I can see why, definitely won't be selling it on.
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By Thomas Hagger on 16 Jun. 2014
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If you are studying Media Law or Journalism then you definitely need this book. I bought this for my university course but there is a lot of information you need to know for when you are out in the field. The book has examples to help explain a lot of points and it tells you everything in regards to Media Law.
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Great starting point, but can see it ending up the only thing I need as MD of a marketing agency. Clear, good explanations. Definitely rate it.
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