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Media Organization and Policy

This course focuses on the developments of the media industry. It explores the effects of the deregulation, the increasing importance of multinational multimedia corporations and details the various challenges that commercialization and privatization are posing to the traditions of public service broadcaster. It pays particular attention to the development of the new media and digital television and the implications of media changes for political and social cultural life.

Comparative Media Systems

This course introduces students to the factors which have influenced the development of media systems, and invites them to assess the issues that are at stake in its future. It looks at the current patterns and trends media systems around the world, principally of Europe. The course also aims to examine structural elements of the European media system and outline political, cultural and economic forces influential in its history and present-day landscape. It will examine both electronic and printed media as well as online media. The overall purpose of the course is to help students understand the position of the media, especially in Europe, in a changing and globalizing media landscape.

News Reporting

The goal of this course is twofold. The first part of the module aims to explore the latest changes in the way that journalism is both produced and consumed. These changes will be considered through both practical and theoretical lenses.  The second part of the module aims   to familiarize students with the reality and the exigencies of a career in the media, as well as to develop their ability to think as journalists by gaining insight into the theory and practice of news reporting.

Reporting Current Affairs

This seminar focuses on the methods and techniques used in reporting on various subjects. Assignments and exercises are designed to prepare students for a fast-paced news environment in which reporters are often called upon to research and understand various, complex topics.  The seminar requires students to seek out wide-ranging sources of information. Students are expected to apply this research and write news copy in an appropriate, objective way. Every week, the seminar will focus on a new and different subject area.

Media and Journalism

We live in a period of continuous change, at least in the media sector. Undoubtedly the structure and the performance of the media systems have changed from the 1980s onwards. This period has been associated with changes in media policy as well as a series of technological developments which have either directly, or indirectly, had an influence on policy choices towards the media sector. Emerging channels, including the Internet, mobile and other interactive media, are outperforming their traditional counterparts and seizing market share from them. In the past, media systems were characterized by simplicity – there were usually only a small handful of public owned TV and radio stations, newspapers were available at specific times of the day and distributed in specific places – but today’s media systems are characterized by complexity; processes of technological convergence and the digitalization have dramatically changed the media landscape. This course examines the changes in both the field of the media in general and journalism in particular. This course is divided into two parts: the first half focuses on the changes and the effects of the changes in the fields of the media and journalism. In the second half the latest skills and techniques for content creation and audience analysis are explored in practical sessions (such as metadata, search engines, cloud storage, data journalism, mobile journalism, news apps, etc.).