The transcripts of the official inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press. More…

In the most part, as I alluded to earlier, the issue is not whether the NCTJ approach is good or bad, it's whether it's appropriate for a particular course, so one that would take say a wider cultural studies approach would not really seek NCTJ accreditation. The university is considering it for the more journalism-focused courses as they are launched and offered, and certainly something that's not been given active consideration, I found this morning's discussion instructive in that regard.

The only other thing I would say from my experience of teaching media law to non-law students, certainly when we designed -- and we design our own syllabus for that -- we do look at what happens within the law component of the NCTJ and other accrediting bodies. We don't follow it directly. We take a slightly different approach. We're working towards a position where we would try and train lawyers and potential -- future lawyers and future journalists in the same classroom. It's something we've had a little bit of work on recently. I'm not sure whether that's compatible with the NCTJ's syllabus, I think there will be some challenges there, but certainly if you compare, as I referred to within my statement, the materials, textbooks and the nature as produced for NCTJ media law and media law as taught in law schools, they are very far apart. They are very different styles, very different traditions, and there's probably a lot that both sides could learn from each other.

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