The Media: What does the future hold?

The media industry is undergoing change. Advancing technology (iPads, interactive TV screens, social media, mobile video phones) are rapidly transforming the way we source, consume and participate in our news and entertainment. What do these changes mean for the way the media industry works, and how will they effect us, the audience? Are we entering a new era of media pluralism or are we on a crash course into chaos? What are the ethics and power dynamics of this new media landscape? This course will explore some of the current issues facing the media industry and consider what the future may hold.

When: Thursdays from 1st November 2012, 6.30 – 8pm
Venue: The Alderman, 134 Lygon St, East Brunswick
Co-ordinator: Lyndel McLennan (Masters of Communications RMIT)

week 1

1.11.12

Media, public and politics: Who is in charge and were is the power?
Professor Jeff Lewis (Media and Communications RMIT)

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week 2

8.11.12

Radio: Why is it thriving in this new media landscape?
Megan Spencer (Broadcaster)

week 3

15.11.12

Hard copy or digital: What is the future of the printed press?
Misha Ketchell (The Conversation) and Garrie Hutchison (Author/Journalists/RMIT)

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week 4

22.11.12

Television: How can it stay relevant?
Lyndel McLennan

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week 5

29.11.12

Film Screening – Breaking the News: The high cost of being a truth-seeking journalist in the emerging nation of East Timor.
Nicholas Hansen (Producer/Director Mutiny Media)

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week 6

06.12.12

Social media and the rise of the citizen journalist
Sarah Stokely (communications/social media consultant)
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