Media Ethics

Discipline: Media Studies
Instructor: Gradstein
Credits: 3

Field Work: Day 1 - Tuesday, 12 January | Hawaii, United States Download Syllabus

This course provides an introduction to the study of journalism from the standpoint of media history, examining the forces of social, political and technological change that have affected media. We will consider what it means to be a journalist in the age of mobile communication, studying individuals who blazed the trail for today’s journalists and thinking about how journalism differs from other forms of mass communication, in terms of ethics and work practices. We will also cover business and technological changes that have resulted in different ways to reach audiences, drawing connections between the present and the past. We will compare professional journalism ideologies around the world to gain a better understanding of how the roles, tools, and ethics of journalists vary from the U.S. in the UK, Russia, continental Europe, South America, and particularly considering the importance of radio and mobile tools for communication in Ghana and South Africa. 

Field Work

Country: Hawaii, United States
Day: 1 - Tuesday, 12 January

In Honolulu we will visit the NPR station in Hawaii for a tour and meeting with journalists there. The local NPR station prepares its own shows as well as playing Morning Edition and All Things Considered. We will then hike the Diamond Head volcano crater (about an hour and a half round-trip) and meet the author of a book on Diamond Head. Students will write a story based on the day’s experience.

Academic Objectives:
1. Discuss media ethics with working journalists.
2. Tour an NPR station.
3. Meet author of book on Diamond Head.