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Introduction to Court Reporting


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Reporting from court can be a daunting task for even the most seasoned reporters, but one that most journalists will face in their career. In order to report on court cases in a legally and ethically sound way, media practitioners must be familiar with courtroom protocols, the structure of various courts and the rules and regulations that govern reporting from and about court proceedings. By the end of this course, participants will have the theoretical knowledge and practical skills for court reporting, as well as an understanding of how to make these stories relevant beyond the courthouse. Facilitated by one of South Africa’s top legal reporters, the short course consists of four modules, one test and one assignment. The course can be completed at your own pace, with up to six weeks to complete all six modules.

Here is the course outline:

Module 1: An Introduction to Courts and Cases

In this module, we cover types of courts, the difference between criminal and civil cases and who is who in a court.

Module 2: Sentences and Appeals

Avoid common reporting mistakes by arming yourself with the knowledge of how cases work.

Module 3: Access and Reporting Restrictions

During the course of reporting you might obtain information that may not be published. We go through a number of examples.

Module 5: Assignment

Everything you need to know about your assignment.

Module 4: Beyond the Courtroom

Top tips from journalist Carmel Rickard for finding stories.

Module 6: Final Quiz

Test your knowledge.

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