Introduction To Media Ethics & Law


This module provides an introduction to the principles and frameworks of Media Ethics and the legal considerations relevant to the field of media. It explores the ethical responsibilities of media professionals, the relationship between media and the law, and the impact of ethical decision-making on media content.

Course Overview:

This course provides an essential foundation in understanding the ethical and legal principles that govern the media industry. Participants will explore the ethical considerations and legal regulations that guide media professionals in their roles, ensuring responsible and informed communication.


Online & In Person

  • Real-world examples and case studies.
  • Practical assignments and exercises to apply learned techniques.
  • Live Q & A sessions with experienced TV presenters.
  • Peer-to-peer collaboration through discussion forums.
  • On-camera practice sessions for hands-on experience.


Module 1: Understanding Media Ethics and Law

  • Differentiating between media ethics and media law
  • Importance of ethics and legal compliance in media
  • Historical context of media ethics and media law

Module 2: Freedom of Expression and the First Amendment

  • The concept of freedom of speech and its limitations
  • The First Amendment in the context of media
  • Balancing freedom of expression with societal interests

Module 3: Codes of Ethics and Professional Guidelines

  • Exploring codes of ethics for different media professions
  • Role of professional organizations in establishing ethical standards
  • Case studies of ethical dilemmas and their resolutions

Module 4: Ethical Decision-Making Frameworks

  • Introduction to ethical decision-making models
  • Applying ethical principles to real-world media scenarios
  • Recognizing conflicting values and resolving ethical dilemmas

Module 5: Privacy and Media Intrusion

  • Understanding privacy rights of individuals in media content
  • Invasion of privacy and its legal implications
  • Consent, public interest, and media coverage

Module 6: Defamation and Libel

  • Defining defamation and libel in media contexts
  • Elements of a defamation claim and defenses
  • Balancing freedom of speech and protection against defamation

Module 7: Copyright and Intellectual Property

  • Basics of copyright law for media professionals
  • Fair use, public domain, and licensing considerations
  • Avoiding copyright infringement in media content

Module 8: Content Regulation and Obscenity

  • Role of government agencies in regulating media content
  • Understanding obscenity and its legal definitions
  • Censorship, community standards, and artistic expression

Module 9: Media and Democracy

  • Media’s role in informing and engaging the public
  • Responsibilities of media in democratic societies
  • Media’s influence on public opinion and political processes

Module 10: Emerging Ethical Challenges in Digital Media

  • Ethics in the age of digital media and social networks
  • Misinformation, fake news, and fact-checking
  • Addressing ethical challenges in online journalism and social media

Module 11: Global Perspectives on Media Ethics

  • Cultural variations in media ethics and norms
  • International standards and agreements on media ethics
  • Case studies of ethical issues in global media contexts

Module 12: Media Regulation and Regulatory Bodies

  • Overview of media regulatory bodies and agencies
  • Role of government oversight in media ethics and law
  • Implications of media regulation on freedom of expression

Module 13: Future Trends and Ethical Considerations

  • Exploring emerging technologies and their ethical implications
  • Ethical considerations in AI, virtual reality, and immersive media
  • Preparing for evolving ethical challenges in the media landscape


  • Quizzes and assessments on each module
  • Ethical case studies and group discussions
  • Research assignments on media law and ethics cases

Final project: Analyzing and presenting an ethical dilemma in media


Upon successful completion of the course and assessments, participants will receive a certificate in “Media Ethics and Law.”

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  • Introduction To Media Ethics & Law
  • 2-4 OCT.2023
  • Online & In Person
  • ₦‎80,000
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