UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

COMM5605 Issues in Contemporary Global Journalism

Credit 6 points
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AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content This unit looks at the profession of journalism in the contemporary world, how it operates and what challenges it faces. Locally, the impact of the lifting of cross media ownership laws is examined. Globally, the challenges of paid content online, the decline of print media and the relative quality of broadcast media in the commercial space compared to government-owned media is addressed. The threats to the business model which has underpinned journalism for decades and the challenges financially imposed on the media from online and not-for-profit and citizen journalism are analysed. The interchange between free and suppressed fourth estates is examined and the debate over whether quality journalism can save the profession is tested.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) understand and evaluate the impact of technology on contemporary journalism; (2) compare and contrast the fourth estate in free and suppressed societies; (3) analyse the business model and the revenue streams for contemporary commercial journalism; and (4) understand the role that citizen journalism has in contemporary society and what impact it has on traditional forms of media.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) a tutorial assignment; (2) a major essay; and (3) case study. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Associate Professor Helen Fordham
Contact hours 24 hours
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.arts.uwa.edu.au/Units/COMM5605/SEM-1/2017

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