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 importantly—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 the use of the media as a political weapon also will be addressed.
Field WorkCountry: China
Date: February 5, 2020
Vibrant Shanghai, the cosmopolitan financial center of China, provides the ideal setting to experience two models of media operation: privately run and state-controlled. To learn more about the mission, structure and scope of each type of outlet, we will tour the Shanghai bureau of privately run Bloomberg and also (tentatively) a state-controlled media outlet. Founded in 1981 in New York, Bloomberg is a global information and technology company whose mission is to accurately deliver “business and financial information, news and insights” to its subscribers around the world. It operates more than 150 news bureaus globally. We will interview journalists from both organizations to answer your questions and broaden your understanding of how each outlet pursues its very different global mission.
1. Identify the differences in mission between a privately run news operation and a state-controlled media outlet
2. Identify differences and similarities in news media practice within a different cultural and economic system
3. Describe the structure and scope of a media business in that new context
4. Create a framework for thinking about media practices in a broad sense