Special Study: International Journalism

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Special Study: International Journalism

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    International Studies, Journalism

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Substantial prior study of journalism at intermediate level.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Content:

    The module aims to encourage students to analyse the content and production of foreign
    news and to critically assess the many factors that combine to create the foreign reports
    we currently consume. Students will study media ownership, so-called dominant world
    views and perceived unfairness in the current system related to what and who gets
    covered ? and how.

    The changing face of foreign news will be critically assessed as the number of
    ?traditional? foreign correspondents continues to fall and new forms of foreign news
    gathering evolve. Students will research the impact of economic, social and technological
    change on foreign news operations. Is the future of foreign news as bleak as some
    experts forecast or could the new emerging models outshine those they replace ? and
    even be fairer?

    The issues may seem abstract but they will be explored through concrete foreign
    reporting from the most peaceful of news patches to war-ridden conflict zones. The
    countless ethical dilemmas that face individual foreign reporters and their foreign news
    desks will be examined along the way along with the practical challenges particular to
    foreign reporting e.g. the difficulties of providing context for complex stories from distant

    Topics covered include:
    ? The Global News Agenda - what/who gets covered and who decides?
    ? Media ownership and its impact on foreign news
    ? The special challenges that face reporters in making foreign news
    accessible to the home audience
    ? How technology is changing the face of foreign news
    ? The rise of the blogger and citizen journalist - gift or threat to
    "professional" foreign reporting?
    ? The Al Jazeera phenomenon - a counter-hegemonic pioneer that
    addresses alleged unfairness in foreign news coverage?
    ? Foreign media responsibility/culpability in Rwanda, Darfur and Congo
    ? Suffering at a distance - different ethical standards in foreign news
    ? The CNN Effect - the impact of 24-hour news on foreign policy making
    ? War reporting - the factors that make it hard to report the "truth"
    ? Resorting to the stereotype in foreign news
    Teaching: Fortnightly 2 hour seminars

    ? 6000 word research project
    ? 3000 word equivalent practical project
    STUDY OPTION 2: portfolio
    STUDY OPTION 3: portfolio

    Study Option 1 = Whole Year
    Study Option 2 = Autumn
    Study Option 3 = Spring/summer

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