LT242-5-AU-CO:
International Journalism and News Reporting

The details
2019/20
Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Colchester Campus
Autumn
Undergraduate: Level 5
Current
Thursday 03 October 2019
Saturday 14 December 2019
15
20 May 2019

 

Requisites for this module
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Key module for

BA P500 Multimedia Journalism,
BA P501 Multimedia Journalism (Including Year Abroad),
BA P503 Multimedia Journalism (Including Placement Year)

Module description

This module introduces you to the theory and practice of journalism in a global context, and current important debates in media & communication. It aims to complement the practical skills you have developed in producing for multiple media platforms.

The module addresses contemporary trends at the heart of global journalism and ensuing critical questions, by exploring journalistic practices and their meaning in different political, regulatory and cultural contexts.

It aims to expand your horizons to assess critical questions going beyond the simple production of a news story. We will explore topical and timely issues such as globalisation, mediatization and mediation, framing conflicts, international politics, propaganda, democracy, and populism, among other important topics.

Teaching will blend introductions to major theoretical frameworks with discussions of case studies from international media. In addition, you will learn from guest lecturers and leading international reporters, on their practices and major challenges of reporting international news.

The module is of particular interest for students looking for a career in international media or who have a specific interest–-and curiosity—in international news and current affairs beyond news production.

Module aims

This module aims to:

- Help students develop an understanding of journalism in a global context going beyond their local environment
- Introduce students to major theoretical frameworks and critical debates in global media and communication
- Complement students’ practical training by helping them develop research and analytical skills
- Provide students with first-hand understanding of major challenges in reporting foreign news from leading international reporters

Module learning outcomes

At the end of this module, students will be able to:

1. Adopt a critical approach to news production from an international perspective
2. Develop an in-depth knowledge in major current debates in media and communication in a global context
3. Acquire a critical awareness of journalistic practices and their significance in different cultural and political contexts
4. Understand the continuously changing media and communication landscapes in the digital age
5. Gain a sophisticated approach to major debates in international politics
6. Assess the role of journalism and media in public debate in democratic and non-democratic environments
7. Build analytical skills to complement their practical training
8. Obtain the necessary support to develop their presentation skills

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Weekly 2-hour combined lecture/seminar

Bibliography

  • Zayani, Mohamed. (c2005) The Al Jazeera phenomenon: critical perspectives on new Arab media, London: Pluto Press.
  • (2017) Brexit, Trump and the media, Bury St Edmunds: Abramis academic publishing.
  • Chouliaraki, Lilie. (2008-12) 'The symbolic power of transnational media', in Global Media and Communication. vol. 4 (3) , pp.329-351
  • Chadwick, Andrew. (2017) The hybrid media system: politics and power, New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
  • Castells, Manuel. (2010) The rise of the network society, Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell. vol. v. 1
  • Cottle, Simon; Sambrook, Richard; Mosdell, Nick. (2016) Reporting dangerously: journalist killings, intimidation and security, [Basingstoke]: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Cottle, Simon. (2006) Mediatized conflict: developments in media and conflict studies, Maidenhead: Open University Press.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework Essay (1,500 - 2,000 words) 14/01/2020 75%
Practical In Class Presentation 25%

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Fatima el Issawi
LiFTS General Office – email liftstt@essex.ac.uk Telephone 01206 872626

 

Availability
Yes
Yes
No

External examiner

Mr Richard Evans
City, University of London
Programme Director, UG Journalism
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 20 hours, 20 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).

 

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