This course will expose students to the news media around the world, with particular emphasis on the countries we visit. We will compare and contrast how the media operate; examine state-owned, privately owned and hybrid media operations; and look at the relationships between the media, the government and the public. How much of a role does the media play in the lives of readers, viewers, and listeners, and what impact does the media have on the way a country functions?
The class will analyze what the media covers and—just as important—what is not covered. What are the biggest stories in the world—and in individual countries—that are not covered or poorly addressed? We will examine the role of the international media by evaluating content, story selection, accuracy, thoroughness and consistency. Unconventional media, citizen journalism and use of the media as a political weapon also will be addressed.
Field WorkCountry: Ghana
Date: April 3, 2019
Some of the most substantial investigative reporting being done in Ghana is by radio Station Joy FM, whose young, aggressive reporters are setting the standard for professional journalism in that country—and in some cases risking their lives. This field class will include a tour of the radio station, and interviews with impactful journalists in the area who will address the mechanics of getting their stories and the difficulties of being a journalist in a country where a free, activist media is a relatively new concept.
- Explore the challenges of being an investigative reporter in a country not known for an aggressive media;.
- Learn first-hand how individual reporters go after tough stories;
- Gauge what effect an aggressive news media can have on a country and its people.