Essential reading for journalists

Dean Jobb’s newly-revised book on media law is an invaluable tool for every investigative reporter,  and indeed for anyone practising journalism in Canada.

Jobb, of course, is editor of the law section on J-Source, and associate professor at King’s College School of Journalism in
Halifax. He has specialized in covering and studying the courts and
legal issues. The second edition of Media Law for Canadian Journalists
covers all the essential legal topics journalists need to know.

up with all the new decisions and nuances of media law can be a
full-time job. But the author carefully tracks the developments and puts
them into context for reporters. From using Twitter inside a courtroom
to avoiding defamatory remarks on Facebook,  Jobb also provides
useful advice on handling social media tools in a legally responsible

Because Jobb has extensive reporting experience, he has a
good appreciation of the often blurry boundaries between ethics, law and
good taste. His book has a separate chapter on ethics and professional
responsibility, and he isn’t afraid to offer his opinion on the
propriety of different types of reporting.

This is an important
book, and whether you’re a professional journalist or an occasional
blogger, you won’t regret getting a copy. It is published by Emond Montgomery Publications.