The Good, the Bad and the Fake: Australia’s News Media Today

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The Good, the Bad and the Fake: Australia’s News Media Today

<p>Using examples of the news of the day, as reported in local and overseas Press, radio, television and magazines, as well as in social media; we will debate the nature and sources of news, the

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Using examples of the news of the day, as reported in local and overseas Press, radio, television and magazines, as well as in social media; we will debate the nature and sources of news, the ownership and control of the media, the complex relations between news and advertising, media and public opinion, the extent of government control of the media, the role of the shock jocks, and more.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • What makes news? Variations in selection and presentation of events to create ‘news’. News divisions: general news, overseas news, finance and sport. Distinguishing between ‘good’ news, ‘bad’ news and ‘fake’ news. The tyranny of time.
  • Who owns and controls the Australian media. The roles of governments, proprietors, editors and advertisers.
  • Public opinion, media and politics. The strengths and weaknesses of social media.
  • Words and pictures – the special characteristics of news on TV.
  • The role of advertising and public relations in the creation of news. Public broadcasting in Australia and in some overseas countries.
  • Business news, news magazines and the future of the news media. Consumers' role in making the media great again.


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Discuss the roles of owners, editors and consumers in the creation and consumption of 'news'
  2. Analyse the content and presentation of news in a particular medium at a particular point of time.
  3. Distinguish between news, opinion, advertising and entertainment in various media
  4. Discuss how our own opinions and consumer choices are affected by the media
  5. Distinguish between legal, moral and economic choices in the production of news.