CAREER PROSPECTS IN MEDIA LAW IN NIGERIA
Finding an easy headway in careers may prove difficult and taxing. This might be a result of adaptation to workspaces and pressures attributed thereto, which might prove to be uneasy and tedious. It is okay to feel overwhelmed by the uncertainty the future holds, especially as it regards career paths, and this is why it is important that we position ourselves in a better way to benefit from its prospects.
Media Law in Nigeria is an evolving area of Law in Nigeria, and it touches matters across different levels, from social media, data security, journalism and many others. The career is filled with many prospects, some of which would be mentioned in this work. These prospects include:
Social Media/Mass Media Management
The media is a thriving platform for interrelations and connections, and there is a need to police human interactions and relations. Media Lawyers would find a viable and promising career representing those repressed on these platforms through cyberbullying. In addition, there are prospects in advertisement management, breach in privacies and intellectual property infringements. These would ensure that the ambits of the laws are represented, equally effected by practitioners versed in them.
In an era of repression of free speech and expression, journalists and mainstream media practitioners need effective legal representation from lawyers and solicitors versed in the field. This would ensure journalists would not run afoul of defamation and sedition laws while protecting them from institutional abuses and violations from the authorities.
According to the Resolution Law Firm, “Media law covers legislation that regulates the media such as television, music, art, advertisements, etc. However, it is important to state that there is no definite legal framework on media and entertainmentin Nigeria.” Media Law practitioners could divest their skills and training to ensure that the Copyrights Act, National Broadcasting Commission Act, Trademarks Act, Companies and Allied Matters Act (and other Nigerian legislation that regulate media law in Nigeria) are up to tune to global practice and standards. These could be done by helping in drafting legal bills for legislative houses or furthered in the academia through expert opinions published in academic journals and platforms
Media lawyers would help in achieving a great deal of work in corporate practice to ensure that activities in media workspaces are well regulated and effected. This could be done by providing services to draft in-house regulations, policies, perfecting tax filings and returns, and fine-tuning media contracts and agreements, amongst many others. This would ensure that media organizations perform their activities within the ambits of the law, while media lawyers get handsomely rewarded by their services provided.
In every organized setting, there is bound to be disputes, and the media sector is not excluded. Cases like SKETCH NEWSPAPER V. AJAGBEMOKEFERI and Nigerian Television Authority v. Ebenezer Babatope (1996) 6 N.W.L-R (p. 440) 70 at 75, which delves on defamation, were handled by media lawyers, thereby ensuring effective legal representation for their clients. Litigators versed in media laws would ensure that individuals who have been accused or have run afoul of privacy, defamation and sedition laws are represented in courts, or through other dispute resolution mechanisms like arbitration, mediation and conciliation.
The lottery market is a thriving boon that media law practitioners can tap into and exploit. Lottery companies need a great deal of legal help in ensuring that their platforms are well secured under the law. Also, they need legal cover, through the drafting of legal documents like non-disclosure agreements and business registration documents, services that legal practitioners in the field can provide.
Media platforms and businesses need to be well-established and secured, and this could be done through legal aid from lawyers. Services like lease-allocations, business establishment, legal advice and financial assessments could be provided by lawyers versed in media laws, in ensuring that businesses with a focus on the media are protected and secured.
Media lawyers can be hired to write articles and content, stating perspectives on media law in Nigeria. Recruitment into this practice area can draw from practitioners working in law firms, media houses, advertisement firms or via freelance platforms. This would ensure effective knowledge dissemination on media laws, while media law practitioners make their mark on legal jurisprudence while earning the cool bucks while at it.
These prospects, amongst many others, would ensure that practitioners in media law are promisingly remunerated, and are vested with viable sources of income. Top firms like G. Elias & Co. have a core focus on media law, and budding legal practitioners in the media can tap into these opportunities to ensure that they are acclimatized into the setting, and to ensure that they optimize these opportunities to the fullest for effective career growth and development.
About the Author
Adedimeji Quayyim Abdul-Hafeez is a student of laws with core interests in media and tech laws. He presides over the Students’ Union Bar Association, University of Ilorin, where he promotes students’ legal practice and advocacy on Nigerian campuses. He can be reached via email@example.com