To give participants a nuanced understanding of justice system journalism and to enable them to incorporate elements of such journalism in the courses they teach
- Understand the structure of the legal system
- Understand basic legal terminology as relevant for a journalist
- Write fairly and accurately about the justice system
- Develop the ability to understand systemic issues while writing about the justice system and convey in this in your writing
MODE OF INSTRUCTION: Online
DATE AND TIME: 16 and 17 July 2021, 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
DETAILS OF THE SESSIONS
Session 1: Introduction to the legal system
This module will begin with a discussion about the drafting of the Indian Constitution and its essential provisions. We will then familiarise participants with the sources of law and the structure of the justice system. Participants will learn what the rule of law is and will understand basic legal terminology and how cases progress through the justice system, from the incident that led to the legal action to trial and appellate procedures.
Session 2: Fair and ethical reporting on the justice system
In this session, participants will explore the craft of reporting police investigations, trials and court decisions. We will discuss the challenges of ensuring fairness, how to avoid sensationalism and ethical issues. Participants will learn who or what would make good sources, how to interact sensitively with stakeholders when reporting court or legal developments and how to avoid reporting that leads to trials by the media. They will also discuss how to move past one’s own preconceived notions and stereotypes and report accurately on the justice system.