Belfast Telegraph

Monday 21 April 2014

Student reporters well briefed

ASPIRING journalists at Belfast Metropolitan College will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of law in their profession direct from the coalface.

Paul McDonnell – a solicitor with McKinty and Wright who represents some of Northern Ireland's largest media concerns – will deliver a series of lectures on media law to students on the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) Diploma over a 10-week period.

Assisted by McKinty and Wright Media team solicitor Timothy Cockram and trainee Fergal McGoldrick, Paul will deliver lectures on various topics including: defamation proceedings, reporting restrictions, contempt of court proceedings, reporting on sexual offences trials and open justice principles.

"This link-up will allow the students to gain an understanding of how the law is increasingly impacting on and curtailing their profession, direct from those involved in protecting the free Press on a daily basis," Mr McDonnell said.

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