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Driven by new technologies like live streaming and social media, international journalism is increasingly the means through which we come to know the world around us. But how does it operate? What is the difference between news and newsworthiness? How can we distinguish between good and bad reporting? Importantly, how do we use ethics and cultural awareness to ensure the right balance of stories – both in terms of perspective and geography.
Through this course you will gain a detailed understanding of international journalism’s context: the ways that news is created through various platforms and technologies, and distributed through major media networks. You will learn what makes a story international and how we define global news today. A critical component of this will be to research, reflect on and analyse current news stories.
You will engage with the concept of a global public sphere and how mass media, social media and international journalism might enhance (or impoverish) this. For example, how has social media impacted on the quality of public debate? What constitutes journalism culture? What principles can be applied to a journalist’s role in news creation?
Finally, you will engage with examples of international journalism best practice. By its conclusion, you will gain an understanding of the ways in which journalists have the potential to make a huge impact.
This course is suited to learners interested in the global news cycle and the technological, ethical and cultural considerations
Saba has worked as a journalist since 1995. Media agencies she has worked for include Radio Jordan, CNN, World New Events (USA), and Dubai TV. She is Senior Lecturer at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), and a media development policy consultant and a media trainer. She holds a PhD in International News, an MA (Research) in Media Policy, and an MA in Communications. Her primary research interests include media power and the role of media in democracy-building, and investigative journalism in conflict and post-conflict regions.
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