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.

Starts: Jan. 11, 2012, 6:30 p.m.
Where: The Alderman (upstairs) 134 Lygon St, East Brunswick
Format: Presentation - 45 minutes, open discussion - 45 minutes

Media, public and politics: Who is in charge and were is the power?

Jan. 11, 2012 Lecturer: Professor Jeff Lewis (Media and Communications RMIT)
presentation - 45 minutes, open discussion - 45 minutes
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Social media and the rise of the citizen journalist

June 12, 2012 Lecturer: Sarah Stokely (communications/social media consultant)
presentation - 45 minutes, open discussion - 45 minutes

Radio: Why is it thriving in this new media landscape?

Aug. 11, 2012 Lecturer: Megan Spencer (Broadcaster)
presentation - 45 minutes, open discussion - 45 minutes

Hard copy or digital: What is the future of the printed press?

Nov. 15, 2012 Lecturer: Misha Ketchell (The Conversation) and Garrie Hutchison (Author/Journalists/RMIT)
presentation - 45 minutes, open discussion - 45 minutes
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Television: How can it stay relevant?

Nov. 22, 2012 Lecturer: Lyndel McLennan
presentation - 45 minutes, open discussion - 45 minutes
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Film Screening – Breaking the News: The high cost of being a truth-seeking journalist in the emerging nation of East Timor.

Nov. 29, 2012 Lecturer: Nicholas Hansen (Producer/Director Mutiny Media)
presentation - 45 minutes, open discussion - 45 minutes
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