Introduction to Journalism Studies

Faculteit Letteren
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode LJX025B05
Vaknaam Introduction to Journalism Studies
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I a

Uitgebreide vaknaam Introduction to Journalism Studies
Leerdoelen 1) Describe and critically discuss the academic theories in the field of journalism studies introduced in this course (1a)
2) Describe the characteristics of different media types, audiences, national and international flows, production processes, media systems and genres (1c)
3) Demonstrate the ability to construct, conduct and present academic writing in the field of journalism studies (2a)
4) Independently and systematically review literature and other sources (2b)
5) learly present their own research, in writing as well as orally (4b)
6) Perform on a deadline (5a)
Omschrijving What is journalism, and why do we study it? For many, the idea of journalism has something to do with news and something to do with the information we need to go about our daily lives, but beyond this notion of journalism, many questions remain unanswered. Journalism is often described in casual terms, as something we ‘know’, but can’t quite put to words. For scholars of journalism studies, however, these questions are at the center of academic research into journalism and its place in society, its complicated relationship with audiences and those in power. Moreover, these questions are particularly relevant due to the challenges news media is facing in a digital age.

Across the seven weeks of this course, students will explore what makes journalism distinct, how it contributes to our society, and how this is changing – including for the better – in a digital age. From making information public to challenging those in power, we will study what considerations go into reporting ‘news’, how journalists develop understanding of what’s important for the public to know, how news and journalism reflect and represent society at large, and the role of the audience in considering journalism in our societies.

Journalism Studies – the academic study of journalism – attempts to bridge gaps between what we see in the news, and how we can understand it. By reading and discussing academic research exploring journalism and news, we can interrogate aspects of journalism to better understand the place journalism holds in in society. Through lectures and additional seminar-style teaching sessions, this course will focus on in-depth discussion of the theories, analytical concepts and approaches that scholars take to study and evaluate different aspects of journalism.

By the end of the course, students should have the necessary understanding of journalism studies to be able to perform a competent analysis of some aspect of the news industry.
Uren per week 3
Onderwijsvorm hoorcollege, werkcollege
Toetsvorm essay, presentatie, schriftelijke opdracht(en)
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator dr. A. Heinrich
Docent(en) dr. A. Heinrich
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Digital reader: all links to readings, via the RuG library, are available via Nestor.
Entreevoorwaarden Only students enrolled in BA Media Studies with access to year 2 with Journalism Studies profile are allowed. All other students take the course Introduction to Journalism Studies LJX059B05
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Ba Media Studies  (Journalism Studies) 2 semester I a verplicht