Texts, Processes of Reception and Audiences
The module covers theories and debates about media texts, processes of reception and text/audience relations. Central to the module is a focus on how different theories conceptualize media texts and how they construct audiences and the processes of reception of media texts by audiences/publics. A key element of this focus will be on theoretical and public debates about the power of media to influence publics and the power of publics to negotiate/resist (using a range of resources and in different contexts) the power or effects of the media.
Sociology of News Production
The module covers approaches which treat news as a social construction of reality focusing on internal processes in the news organization and external influences and forces that shape news production. The module also focuses on the extent to which structures within and outside media organizations can be constraints and how media workers negotiate the constraints in processes of news production.