Ir245 intro lecture2012


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This is the opening introductory lecture for the Polis LSE Summer School course. International Journalism and Society - The Role of the Media in the Modern World
It has a lot of technical details about the course but it also includes the basic course outline and ideas. There is more detail about the course here:

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  • Welcome to our Summer School. Explain who you are: journalist Explain what Polis is. Today is an introduction to the course. Introduce Joseph Turner course auditor Just be clear about how each day will proceed: All lectures will be 10-11.15am All guest speakers will be 11.30-12.30 Seminar 1 will be 2-3pm Seminar 2 will be 3.15-4.15pm
  • You are expected to attend all the lectures
  • Today we are dipping in to the idea that media is undergoing change. If you read my book you will get a guide to how the media is changing and the problems and opportunities that creates. Later we are going to hear about how the BBC is harnessing the new forces of new technology and citizen journalism. Tomorrow you are going to go back to basics. What is News? What are the different theories that describe journalism? It’s going to be a heavy duty bit of theory for you but it will give you the basic terminology so that we can get on to the debate about what media is for and the effects it has. And our guest speaker is a very senior editorial figure from the BBC who has had to grapple with just that – what are the rules for journalism? What do
  • Ir245 intro lecture2012

    1. 1. Charlie Beckett Dr Shani OrgadDr Bart Cammaerts
    2. 2. What I used to do
    3. 3. What I used to do
    4. 4. What I used to do
    5. 5. What I used to do
    6. 6. What I do now
    7. 7. PolisThe LSE’s Media think-tank Charlie Beckett’s blog: Follow me on Twitter: The Polis website: The Departmental website:
    8. 8. Timetable for IR245 All lectures will be 10-11.15am All guest speakers will be 11.30-12.30 Seminar 1 will be 2-3pm Seminar 2 will be 3-4pm Seminar 3 will be 4-5pm
    9. 9. Assessment Assessment will be by an essay of 1500 words (worth 30% of the final marks) to be handed in at 10am on Monday July 16th And an exam of two hours with questions on aspects of the course (70% of the final marks). Students will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical background to journalism studies as well as relate this to case- studies It’s optional! We will help you prepare and you will have two clear days for revision Get help here on studying: We will mark them straight away and the Summer School will give you the results
    10. 10. Contacts For all practical problems: talk to the Summer School office For specific IR245 Course issues: email and put ‘Summer School’ in the subject
    11. 11. Today Fill in your survey 11.30am Guest speaker: Connaught 205 2pm-5pm Seminars: Tower 2, Room V112
    12. 12. What will you know after this course? What’s happening in the world’s news media The big ethical issues All about ‘New Media’ How the media can change the world About a career in the media: talk to Charlie Beckett or our guest speakers Get published on the Polis blog
    13. 13. This is journalism…
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    19. 19. Block 1: What is journalismtoday? Identity: how do you define a journalist? Ethics: what is good or bad journalism? Power: what can journalism do to the world? ‘New’ Media: how is journalism changing?
    20. 20. Block 2: News in the global context Globalisation: what happens when news goes international? Conflict: how can journalists report well on war and revolutions? Suffering: how should we represent disasters or poverty in the world? Newsroom perspective: what do journalists think about suffering?
    21. 21. Block 3 Journalism andideology Reporting dissent and protest WikiLeaks and the new networked news The power of celebrity to transform journalism
    22. 22. Guest Speakers The Guardian BBC News BBC Academy Channel 4 documentaries The Independent Avaaz.Org The One Campaign Russian democracy campaign PopBitch UK party political campaigner
    23. 23. Media as our environment “I want to endorse the idea of the media as an environment, an environment which provides at the most fundamental level the resources we all need for the conduct of everyday life. It follows that such an environment may be or may become polluted” Roger Silverstone Media and Morality
    24. 24. Sources Course handbook Additional readings on course outline Key texts: Silverstone ‘Media and Morality’ Beckett ‘SuperMedia’ and ‘WikiLeaks’ Polis Blog Twitter – TV – Newspaper – Websites!