Sociology of Journalism(JOU307)

Course Code Course Name Semester Theory Practice Lab Credit ECTS
JOU307 Sociology of Journalism 5 2 0 0 2 4
Admission Requirements
Language of Instruction French
Course Type Compulsory
Course Level Bachelor Degree
Course Instructor(s) Angela ANZELMO (Email)
Objective This course has three main objectives. It aims first to introduce the world of journalism in its specificity, its diversity, its evolution, its place, its organizational and technical constraints, and terms of writing and coverage of events. It then gives the task of deciphering his constant interaction with society and power (political and economic) and its role in a democratic society, put into perspective with the question of ethics. It also proposes to analyze the reports of journalists to sources and public information as a product of social construction.
Content Sociological analyses of journalism practices
Course Learning Outcomes At the end of this course the student will be able:
1. to know the different forms of practice of the profession (professional component) and take a lucid look on various sociological components in journalism.
2. to observe the changes taking place in the profession of journalism and to gauge the effects of digital and new technological developments in the profession.
3. to understand how the sources and the public should be considered sociological components of journalism.
4. to know the different approaches to the relations of journalists with society and to question, analyze and judge the relationship of journalism with the model of democratic society.
Teaching and Learning Methods Each course is based on the reading of scientific paper.
References Bourdieu Pierre, 2008 (1996). Sur la télévision, suivi de L’Emprise du journalisme, Paris : Raisons d’agir, 96 p.
Le Bohec Jacques, 2000. Les mythes professionnels des journalistes, Paris : L’Harmattan, coll. « Communication et civilisation », 396 p.
Neveu Érik, 2001. Sociologie du journalisme, Paris : La Découverte, coll. « Repères », 128 p.
Ruellan Denis, 2007. Le Journalisme ou le professionnalisme du flou, Grenoble : Presses universitaires de Grenoble, 232 p.
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Theory Topics
Week Weekly Contents
1 Introduction + sociology approach of Journalism
2 Journalism as a profession, different jobs, training and structuring of the field
3 Media companies, professional organizations, figures and findings
4 Journalists in context: social class, competition, conflicts of interest, social climbing, the kind of journalism ...
5 Reports to the source: power, strategies, interaction and professionalization of sources
6 Relations to public, interaction, sociology of public
7 Conditions of production of information (writing rules, angle, journalistic genres, rationalization of work, decision-making process)
8 Midterm
9 Relations to authorities (political, economic, etc.) Propaganda, collusion, censorship.
10 The roles of journalists in contemporary society (socio-political approach)
11 The role of media in policy making (agenda setting)
12 Journalists face the future: journalism in the age of Internet and new technologies.
13 Results of investigations (oral presentations and discussions)
14 Results of investigations (oral presentations and discussions and general conclusion)
Practice Topics
Week Weekly Contents
Contribution to Overall Grade
  Number Contribution
Toplam 0 0
In-Term Studies
  Number Contribution
Assignments 1 10
Presentation 1 10
Midterm Examinations (including preparation) 1 80
Project 0 0
Laboratory 0 0
Other Applications 0 0
Quiz 0 0
Term Paper/ Project 0 0
Portfolio Study 0 0
Reports 0 0
Learning Diary 0 0
Thesis/ Project 0 0
Seminar 0 0
Other 0 0
Toplam 3 100
No Program Learning Outcomes Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 Will have effective written and oral communication skills in Turkish X
2 Will have a thorough knowledge of at least two foreign languages X
3 Will be informed about art and culture, human rights, social, professional and ethical values, law and legislation, quality standards, and will be aware of their responsibility on these subjects X
4 Will have sufficient knowledge about social sciences, professions and sectors in communication and media, innovative and entrepreneurial practices X
5 Will have the ability to use, in an effective and creative way, the techniques and tools and information technologies necessary for interactive and conventional media, in the context of health and safety in the workplace X
6 Will have the ability to develop documentary and fictional content related to their field for interactive and conventional media; also the ability to produce and manage this content in group X
7 Will have the theoretical knowledge and ability to carry out and share scientific work on communication environments and processes of interactive and conventional media and on the individual and social outcomes of the latter X
8 Will have the knowledge of analysis and modelling techniques to analyse interactive and conventional media and the communication environments and processes X
9 Will have the ability to question and critically analyse developments and problems concerning interactive and conventional media and the communication environments and processes, will be aware of the public interest, social responsibility and the environment, will be sensitive to contemporary world’s and Turkey's current problems; will develop a libertarian, democratic, constructive and problem-solving approach X
10 They are familiar with the historical development processes of electronic, digital media and film; and the current developments in these fields
11 They learn sociological, cultural and aesthetic approaches in electronic, digital media and film
12 They learn the political economy of cultural industries, labour and production relations, analysis of marketing and consumption patterns.
13 They learn at a first level how to use the equipment necessary for the production of audio-visual content for TV, radio and digital media and of films in different genres
14 They gain experience in conducting creative activities in electronic, digital media and film; in producing and working in groups
15 They acquire theoretical information in the fields of public relations, advertising, integrated marketing communication and organizational communication
16 They are familiar with the research, planning, implementation and evaluation processes in public relations and advertising; they can create campaigns, present them effectively and write reports
17 They have knowledge of organisational communication, crisis and risk communication, reputation management, media relations, media planning, digital media management, brand management and interpersonal communication. They are able to carry out activities in these areas
18 They use public relations and advertising strategies and tactics appropriate to the specificities of conventional and new media
19 They are aware of legal regulations, ethical codes in public relations and advertising, and they remain faithful to them
20 They are familiar with the different theoretical approaches regarding the social place, role and functions of journalism as a social institution and phenomenon; they are familiar with the process of producing information for conventional and digital media X
21 They are familiar with the structural and technical specificities, management characteristics of conventional/mainstream media, as well as alternative media structures X
22 They are familiar with the new conceptual and theoretical discussions emerging from interactive/digital media in terms of social sciences and humanities X
23 They are familiar with the historical development of journalism in Turkey and in the world; they can analyse it in the context of social and political history X
24 They have the ability to effectively use information technology, printing and publishing techniques; to write a press article using data collected on the web and on social media, to visualize this data and to publish it X
Activities Number Period Total Workload
Class Hours 14 2 28
Working Hours out of Class 14 2 28
Assignments 1 10 10
Midterm Examinations (including preparation) 1 8 8
Final Examinations (including preparation) 1 14 14
Total Workload 88
Total Workload / 25 3,52
Credits ECTS 4
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