Disruption and Innovation in Journalism

Faculteit Letteren
Jaar 2020/21
Vakcode LJX056B05
Vaknaam Disruption and Innovation in Journalism
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I a
Rooster Rooster onder voorbehoud

Uitgebreide vaknaam Disruption and Innovation in Journalism
Leerdoelen Upon successful completion of the course unit, students are able to:

• to give an overview of the recent state of developments in the field of media and journalism;

• to name the different journalistic genres and platforms used to pass on information;

• to explain the functioning and effects of journalistic media within cultural, democratic and social contexts;

• to compare production processes of journalistic media content in different media types;

• to read, weigh and interpret information in academic literature on its usability in the debate on media and journalism studies;
to write short essay-form replies to the most pressing questions regarding the changes in the profession journalism and to organize and hold an oral presentation on a current topic in the area of journalism studies.
Omschrijving This course familiarizes students with the changing landscape of contemporary journalism around the globe against the backdrop of dramatic economic, technological and cultural developments. It centrally tackles the question of why journalism is changing in the manner that it does and why that which doesn’t change about contemporary journalism remains stable. Addressing these questions, the course draws on a series of case studies which have attracted scholarly attention, such as the partial abandonment of news beats in some newsrooms, the introduction of new technological tools (e.g. fact-checking algorithms, big data, audience metrics) into the business and the craft of journalism, the reorganization of the newsroom and the institution of new editorial policies which attempt to address the challenges of competition and shrinking readership, and the rise of single-subject news blogs and various independent news initiatives outside the ambit of legacy news organizations. The adoption of or hesitation about such developments among news businesses, news producers and news audiences will be critically examined throughout the course, in an attempt to understand why they elicited the responses that they did. Was it because of reasons having to do with how journalists conceive of their craft? Because of social pressures within the newsroom? Because of the decisions of managers? Because of the nature of news businesses? Or because of the preferences of news audiences? Or, perhaps, all or several of the above? It is hoped that by the end of the course students will be able to articulate their views on these questions in an informed manner.
Uren per week 2
Onderwijsvorm hoorcollege
Toetsvorm schriftelijke opdracht(en)
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator C. Dagoula, PhD.
Docent(en) prof. dr. M.J. Broersma ,prof. drs. B.J. Brouwers ,PhD. D.K. Cheruiyot , C. Dagoula, PhD.
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Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Course units for exchange students 2 semester I a verplicht
Ba Media Studies  (Pre-master Journallsm (Dutch-taught MA)) 3 semester I a verplicht
Ba Media Studies  (Pre-master Journalism (English-taught MA)) 3 semester I a verplicht
Facultaire Minor Journalism 3 semester I a verplicht
Facultaire Minor Journalistiek 3 semester I a verplicht