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 WorkCountry: South Africa
Day: 5 - Cape Town - Wednesday, 30 October
A visit to The Cape Times and Bush Radio in Cape Town, where students will learn about the operation of each organization and how journalists inform their audiences through these different media. Academic Objectives: 1. Gain an understanding of the operation of a major city newspaper. 2. Gain an understanding of the operation of a community radio station. 3. Compare the work routines and self-described responsibilities of journalists working in different media.