Thinking About Journalism 1
Area of Study
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units0
Hours & Credits
This module offers a critical introduction to the discipline of journalism in all its forms,
with particular emphasis on news. At its heart is a question central to studying
journalism: why do journalists approach their trade in the way(s) they do, and what are
the values, norms and assumptions underpinning their professional practice?
Topics covered include:
? What are the rules, norms and conventions underpinning professional
? What do we mean by 'news values', journalistic objectivity, and the public
? What is the difference between stories judged to be 'in the public interest' and
those purely 'of interest to the public'?
? What values underpin journalists' choice of sources, and what impact do these
have on their intended and/or apparent objectivity?
? Introduction to academic theories about the practice of journalists and news
organisations - including framing, priming, agenda-setting, and active audience
? The role of the informed/media-literate citizen in the construction of
contemporary news narratives - and challenging the mainstream media
? Examples of good and bad journalism practice in relation to news values,
objectivity and the public interest
? How to research, structure and reference academic essays, and how to approach
What is journalism? What is news?, constructing or manufacturing the news?, framing
the new1: sources, media owners and agenda shaping, use of language to set an agenda,
how to critique and evaluate academic texts, how to research an essay, how to write an
essay, ?public interest? journalism.
SPRING SEMESTER: journalists and their ?audiences?
Journalist-reader power dynamics, audience reception and case for/against media
effects, news as entertainment, the future of news and its audiences: RIP Print? Towards
Lectures and seminars
STUDY OPTION 1:
? 1,500 word portfolio of material (1000-word essay) and 500-word critique
? 1 hour exam
STUDY OPTION 2: 1000-word essay
STUDY OPTION 3: 1000-word essay (tbc)
Study Option 1 = Whole Year
Study Option 2 = Autumn
Study Option 3 = Spring/summer
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