10 July 2007

Hanna to write media law 'bible'

Mark Hanna is to write the next edition of the media law "bible", McNae's Essential Law for Journalists, it has been announced.

 Mark Hanna

Mark, who joined the Department of Journalism Studies at Sheffield University as a lecturer in 1996, is also chair of the NCTJ media law examinations board.

Mark will work alongside David Banks to write - over the next two years - the 20th edition of McNae’s, taking over from long-serving authors Tom Welsh and Walter Greenwood. Tom and Walter will retain their links with the book as honorary editors. The 20th edition is due out in 2009.

The announcement was made by the National Council for the Training of Journalists and Oxford University Press at a reception to launch the 19th edition of McNae’s.

The launch, attended by journalism tutors and figures from the journalism and law industries, was held at the Law Society’s HQ in London.

The 19th edition includes a new chapter on online journalism. Developments in defamation, breach of confidence and privacy laws are also covered, as well as the new offences of glorification of terrorism and stirring up religious hatred.

Mark said: “McNae is the best known textbook and law guide within British journalism, and so it is an honour, and big responsibility, to be one of its authors. I am looking forward to it.”

The book is named after its first author, the late Leonard McNae, and was first published in 1954.

Mark worked on newspapers for 18 years for various titles including The Western Daily Press, Sheffield Morning Telegraph and Sheffield Star, specialising in crime and investigations, and also for The Observer as northern reporter. His research interests are media ethics, investigative and crime reporting and media law.

David Banks is also a former journalist, and now lectures at Sunderland University.

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