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Media law training via the ASBW


Monday 25 September 2017


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Medical Society of London, Lettsom House, 11 Chandos St, Marylebone, London W1G 9EB


Was your last media law training since before the Defamation Act 2013 was passed and a number of other legal changes affecting journalists were made? Or perhaps you haven't been trained in this area at all? Or just need a refresher? If any of these apply to you, the Association of British Science Writers can help.

We are running an all-day media law workshop from on Monday  25 September at the Medical Society of London. Expert trainer David Mascord will cover the main areas of law and media regulation currently affecting the media.

The workshop costs £125 for ABSW members, and £200 for non-members, including vegetarian lunch and refreshments; as full membership is £40, this is an incentive to join!

This is a significant discount to commercially-provided courses, which typically come in at over £200. The NUJ encourages writers to do this kind of training every 12-18 months. Course numbers are limited, so book early.

The course will cover:


  • Libel basics and main defences, including new and amended defences introduced in the 2013 Defamation Act.
  • The ‘serious harm’ test.
  • Common danger areas in print and online; plus tips for ‘safe’ reporting.
  • Recent events and cases.


  • Words and pictures in an online world.

Privacy and confidentiality

  • The law on breach of confidence.
  • An update on how privacy law is developing Confidential sources and contempt law.

Data Protection

  • The media and sensitive, personal data

Update on media regulation

  • IPSO and Ofcom editorial codes
  • Impress and the Crime & Courts Act

We will also pass on requests for other areas to discuss to David.
BOOK NOW ON THE ABSW WEBSITE - if you wish to join the ABSW to book at the member's rate please complete your booking, paying for both membership and the course, then complete the ABSW membership application form.

David Mascord

David Mascord has more than 25 years’ experience in journalism, PR writing and training and development.

During his career he has been a journalist working in staff or freelance roles for print and online titles including The Morning Advertiser, Caterer & Hotelkeeper, Practical Motorboat, Recruiter, Leisure Manager, Growing Business, Training Magazine and Computer Weekly.

He spent four years as editorial training manager at major magazine and web publisher Reed Business Information. He has also been a director of two limited companies: Journalism Training Centre, which won a National Training Award in 1994; and PMA Training. In addition, David spent time as consultant to specialist PR agency Simons Communications, working on press release writing and staff development.

He designs and delivers media law training, editorial and PR writing skills programmes, and business writing courses. He also facilitates team events and strategy days.

Clients include: Time Inc UK (formerly IPC Media), KPMG, Reed Business Information, BGAJ, ASM PR, Crain Communications, Law Society Gazette, Professional Publishers’ Association, IoP Publishing, RCNi Publishing, and Saga.

In addition to his training and facilitation work, David is:
- Associate Lecturer and unit leader for Media Law and Public Affairs units on degree and masters programmes at Bournemouth University;
- Associate Lecturer in journalism and media law at Southampton Solent University; - - Associate Lecturer supervising final project and dissertations for BA Journalism and combined honours degrees at Portsmouth University.  

He is an accredited examiner in Court Reporting and Essential Media Law & Regulation for the National Council for the Training of Journalists. He has also been external examiner for postgraduate journalism courses at the University of Wales and the University of Westminster.

David writes on business, training and employment issues for business and consumer magazines and websites.


£125 for ABSW members and £200 for non-members, including vegetarian lunch and refreshments

Further details and contact information

Sallie Robins

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