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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) evaluate the impact of digital technology on contemporary journalism practices; (2) analyse the media structures in different political systems and the ways in which these systems shape journalism; and (3) analyse how key global technological, political and economic issues are reshaping journalism..


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) presentation; (2) case study; and (3) essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Jonathan Albright
Contact hours
Up to 24 hours
Strategic Communications involves understanding, engagement with, and management of media and journalism practices as a part of framing debates, political communications and shaping perceptions. This unit therefore considers the impact of the forces of globalisation and technology on the structures, theories, practices and processes of journalism.
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