University of Gloucestershire Journalism M.A.

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University of Gloucestershire Journalism M.A.

University of Gloucestershire Journalism M.A.

MD7101: Journalism in Context

Module Title Journalism in Context
Module Code MD7101
Module Tutor Paul Shaw
School School of Media
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 7
Brief Description This module aims to ensure that students become reflective, as well as effective, practitioners by providing a comprehensive overview of contemporary debates about the nature and impact of the news media; to provide a wide-ranging and rigorous introduction to the fast growing and dynamic field of journalism studies; and to lay firm academic foundations for future dissertations and further scholarship or research.
Indicative Syllabus Emergence and evolution of journalism

News media in the academy

Different approaches to journalism studies

Anglo-American model of journalism

Rise of citizen journalism

Democratisation of comment and criticism in the digital age

Economic challenges of convergence

Rebuilding business models in the mainstream media

Post-industrial journalism

Newspeak and neo-imperialism post 9/11

Learning Outcomes By the end of this module students should be able to:
  1. Demonstrate comprehension of key concepts and contemporary debates in journalism studies as an academic discipline.
  2. Reflect critically upon past and present journalistic practice.
  3. Integrate media theory and practice in their own assignments.
  4. Display awareness of the expanding opportunities for expression and entrepreneurship opened up by the digital revolution.
  5. Develop subjects studied in this module into dissertation topics.
Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 36
Independent Learning Hours: 114
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 25% Coursework: Individual, presentation and paperwork: In class, Powerpoint
002: 75% Coursework: Individual, standard written: 3,000 words
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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