Thinking about Journalism 3

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Thinking about Journalism 3

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Journalism, Media Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Substantial prior study of journalism at intermediate level.

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
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  • Overview

    Course Content:

    This module completes a series in which students develop their critical understanding of
    the function of journalism, its place in society and its ethical, legal, technological and
    commercial framework.

    It builds on material on the nature, history and purpose of journalism covered in earlier
    modules to critically examine how the UK media has risen to the challenge of reflecting
    and representing the ever more socially and culturally diverse Britain of today ? as well
    as its duty to accurately and impartially report on foreign affairs and conflicts.

    Students will examine the impact of social, technological and commercial changes on the
    practice and business of journalism. They will look at how blogging, Twitter, Facebook,
    online forums, collaborative investigative sites and other channels for citizen journalism
    are democratising media ?output? by enabling ?audiences? to contribute to and/or contest
    the narratives constructed by professional reporters and elites.
    Students will also learn about the changing economies of the journalism industry, as it is
    buffeted by commercial pressures including the decline of conventional advertising, the
    increasing plurality of media forms, changing audience demands and expectations, and
    the rise of news aggregating websites and cheap ?content? over costly original reporting.

    Other topics covered include:
    ? The diversifying social and cultural framework of Britain
    ? Delivering journalism in a diverse society
    ? Technological issues and developments affecting journalism
    ? Commercial pressures facing journalism
    ? The democratisation of journalism and the rise of citizen and ?DIY?
    ? The changing commercial context of journalism
    ? The future of journalistic practice in the multimedia age
    ? The uses and abuses of professional PR, marketing, media management
    and spin
    ? Reporting foreign news
    ? The challenges of reporting conflict
    ? The future of journalism in a globalised online world
    ? Some key theoretical ideas underpinning journalistic practice and the
    analysis of media texts

    Teaching: Lectures and seminars

    Assessment: TBC

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

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