Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 30 August 2015

Student reporters well briefed

Published 27/04/2013

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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