This course encourages students to think, analyze and discuss the role of the news media, both national and international. Students will be expected to consider the cultural, political, social and economic issues that are covered, and not covered, by the press.
We will read about countries we visit, as well as other countries around the world that provide a basis for comparison. In addition, the class will track the response and follow-up to coverage of on-going international issues. For a final project, students will select three countries and a single topic, such as migration, for a comparison and analysis of communication content, constituency and potential impact.
More generally, the course will cover the current state of the media business in the countries visited, will analyze global media and citizen journalism, examine press freedom, discuss the role of foreign correspondents, local journalists and public relations professionals. The course will also consider the roles of state-owned and independently-owned media and the competition for information generated by the international press.
Field WorkCountry: India
Date: October 25, 2018
We begin the day with a visit to a Kerala Media Academy in Cochin, India. We will join a class of journalism students from the class “Journalism and Communications” where we will interact to discuss contrasts and similarities between the media in the US and India. After lunch, we will visit Manorama News TV, meeting with the news staff there and touring the television station.
Each student will take notes during the day on what they are learning about India’s media as well as media more broadly. Notes will be typed into a two-page report, using a bullet-point format. Students will be evaluated based on a paper that contrasts the role of culture, language and class in shaping what becomes the news. More information will be provided separately. The paper and notes are due November 2.
1. Develop an understanding of news media practice within a different cultural and economic system
2. Learn about the structure and scope of a media business in that new context
3. Help create a framework for thinking about media practices in a broad sense