Elective course; Media and Communication Specialization
This course is an introduction to the systems and processes that shape the media. It consists of an introductory part, a short overview of how the media works, and of the key players in the field of media: their competences, power and influence and the impact they have on media systems in general, and media organizations in particular.
The course also aims to describe and problematize the tensions and conflicts that shape the media such as: public versus private interests, international versus national interests, commercial versus social interests; and the impact of media-related policies on media organizations, on journalism, and ultimately, on society.
Most of the course (80% of it) will be practical:
a). students will participate in CMDS’ activities, particularly in the center’s flagship research project Media Influence Matrix to get hands-on experience with media related research
b). students will carry out a journalism mini-project based on an idea they will develop as a way to have a newsroom experience.
Their contribution to Media Influence Matrix research project and the article written as part of their journalistic project will be the base for evaluation. For their contribution, students will be credited as researchers in this project, which has been publicly disseminated as of January 2018, and will get a byline for their article that will be published by CMDS.