This class will look at global media empires and their regional, national, and local manifestations. Students will learn the history and interrelationships of major media and technology companies in current existence, and will study the international flow of information via diverse media forms such as satellite, cell phone, radio, film, television, and Internet. Special attention will be paid to both consumption and production patterns of new media (social networks, blogs, online gaming, chat rooms, texting, etc) as students learn how their consumption patterns compare to the citizens of our international visits. Port of call visits provide opportunities to see key media institutions and landmarks of a given city, with some opportunity to meet and learn from current practitioners in the field.
Field WorkCountry: Ghana
Day: 4 - Accra - Friday, 18 October
We will visit Radio Ada in Tetsonya, one of the strongest community radio stations in Accra, with particular interests in environmental issues amongst others, and also hear about Ghana's newly formed Coalition for Transparency of the Airwaves (CoTA).