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Press and Society

by La Trobe University

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Course Description

Newspapers and magazines play an important role in economic, political, social and personal life. Focusing primarily on the press in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States, this subject examines the history of the press, the principles that underlie and inform the press, ongoing debates about quality and 'tabloidisation' and the opportunities and challenges posed by new technologies. A core theme running throughout the subject is the changing business model that underlies the press and effects these changes are having on the traditional role of the press in liberal democratic societies.
At the successful completion of this subject, students will be able to:
  • Identify, report and comment on key debates about the contemporary press to the standard required for publication;
  • Identify, synthesise and evaluate material from both online, archival and primary sources in the creation of publishable stories;
  • Evaluate claims about the development of the public sphere and the political, economic and social roles played by journalists and editors.
  • Develop and hone story ideas for publications.
  • Explore the social, economic and political forces that shape news production.
  • Be able to write knowledgably about the major institutions, both public and private, that regulate and influence Australia's media industries.
  • Identify key debates and conflicts between media practitioners and their critics.

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