COMM5605 Issues in Contemporary Global Journalism

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

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Helen Fordham
Contact hours
24 hours
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