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About The Editor

Mike Dodd, Editor
Mike Dodd, Editor

Mike is a qualified lawyer and journalist and The Press Association's specialist legal advisor. His career in media law includes 39 years as a working journalist, 26 of which he has spent with The Press Association, the UK and Ireland's national news agency.

He qualified as a barrister and was called to the Bar at Middle Temple in July 2004, after having qualified for a degree in law at Thames Valley University, followed by a Masters Degree in child and family law and policy from Brunel University.

He studied for all his legal qualifications while working full-time for The Press Association. He now edits Media Lawyer, a specialist magazine, and acts as in-house media law specialist for The Press Association.

He also helped to establish the PA's Injunctions Alert Service, which allows people applying to the Family Division of the High Court who want injunctions which will restrict the media's ability to report news and current affairs to notify the media of their intention in advance of the application, as is required by the Human Rights Act.

He also takes part in training courses, teaching media law to reporters, production journalists, newsdesk staff and picture editors, and has written articles for a number of magazines and academic journals.

Born in 1949, Mike is married with two grown sons, and lives in Surrey.

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