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Centre for Media and Film Studies

The Transnational News Environment: Production, Representation and Use

Course Code:
15PMSH006
Unit value:
0.5
Year of study:
Year 1 or Year 2
Taught in:
Term 1
The transnational news environment has been one of the most contentious arenas of global media activity. Long dominated by Western news agencies and global media channels, which remain key players, the transnational news environment is being transformed with the emergence of powerful non-Western news producers, including Al-Jazeera and ZeeTV and by the growing global access to the Internet. The course charts the history of contention over transnational news flow, examines the main producers in the West and in the South, and examines the emerging patterns of flow, use and reception.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

The course compares the difference in news agendas amongst major players and compares national reworkings of similar stories. It problematizes the nature of ‘facticity’, ‘objectivity’ and the transfer of western professional practices to the South, through detailed analysis of selected news texts and images. It interrogates Southern news practices and explores the possible roles of the state, the free market and the socio-cultural environment on the news production process. It invites critical analysis of the constructed nature of the news environment and the role of national and other ideological values in the construction of the news agenda, particularly in the depiction of international crises and the ‘other’, of growing significance in the anti-Islamic tilt of much Western news coverage post September 11th.

The course also explores the relativizing and democratising impact of the range of news material on the Net for contexts of political repression and control of the news environment and engages with the emergence of a global network of alternate news production (e.g., indymedia) and the implications of this practice for politics and for the profession of journalism.

Method of assessment

100% Coursework.