In 1954, “hacking” meant horse riding or a coughing fit, “twitter” was what birds did, and Lord Justice Leveson was in short trousers. And the first edition of Essential Law for Journalists by Leonard McNae published, costing 10s 6d.
Twenty-two editions later in 2014 the book celebrates its 60th anniversary. McNae’s Law for Journalists is the most famous textbook in UK journalism, and known to students, trainees, and practising journalists as the definitive guide to the law. The new edition authored by Mike Dodd and Mark Hanna published on 5 June 2014, and launched at a reception held with the National Council for the Training of Journalists at Middle Temple Hall, London.
All photos by Arnaud Stephenson.
Mike Dodd is the Press Association’s legal editor and member of the NCTJ Media Law Examinations Board. He is a qualified lawyer with nearly 40 years’ experience as a working journalist. Mark Hanna is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sheffield and Chair of the NCTJ Media Law Examinations Board. They are the authors of McNae’s Essential Law for Journalists, Twenty-second Edition.