Friday 17 September 2010

McNae's still essential for journalists, survey says

Judith Townend has published the results of her survey of small online publishers and the law on her new Meeja Law website.

The survey found that 27% of the respondents had encountered legal trouble in the past two years. It also found: "Of the respondents who cited the resources they used, the most popular was McNae’s Essential Law for Journalists, with 17 respondents mentioning the book, now in its 20th edition."

Respondents were divided over what legal resources they needed: 46% said they did not think there was enough legal information and advice at hand; 54% said there was an adequate amount. Defamation was the most common problem for those who had experienced legal trouble - but only 21 per cent of these respondents sought paid legal advice.

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