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IFCO 2315 - The Future of the Media: New Models, Economic Perspectives, and Lessons for Democracy

Type d'enseignement : Lecture alone

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English

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Pre-requisite

No prerequisites.

Course Description

The course is intended to provide a general overview of the future the media and of the economics of news production in the online world. We will look at the epochal transformations sweeping the media and investigate how it affects political participation and government accountability, but also social norms and beliefs. The focus of the class is both on old (newspaper, television, radio) and new media (digital and social media). The course will offer an historical and international perspective on the media. It will describe the emergence of the “news”, study the current collapse of journalism and investigate the roots of the media crisis. We will investigate the role of the media with respect to political participation, economic development, as well as demonstrations and protests. We will also examine the role played by the social media and “fake news” in recent elections. Finally, we will study the business models of the media, cover the ownership structure of the information sector, and investigate the relevance of government intervention in the media.

Teachers

  • CAGÉ, Julia (Enseignant/Chercheur en Economie)
  • FIZE, Etienne (ATER à mi-temps)
  • GUILLOUZOUIC--LE CORFF, Arthur (Doctorant)

Course validation

If you are registered for this course, you will need to complete the following assignments: 1. A mid-term exam (40%). 2. A final essay (60%). Students are required to write a final essay in which they will investigate in details the functioning of a media outlet of their choice. A more detailed description of the expectations for the paper will be provided in class.

Workload

Prior to the beginning of each class, students are required to read at least one of the required readings for that day. (More than one reading is proposed for each class; the reading list may seem long but I put it together so that you can chose your preferred articles and also for those students who will be interested in the future in doing research on the media; the students are not supposed to read all the readings, only one by class). Most importantly, everyone is expected to participate in class discussions. Class participation is taken very seriously.

Required reading

  • Cagé, Julia (2016): Saving the media. Capitalism, crowdfunding and democracy. Harvard University Press
  • Jones, A. S. (2010): Losing the News. The Future of the News that Feeds Democracy. Oxford University Press
  • Bennett, W.L., and R. G. Lawrence and S. Livington (2008): When the Press Fails: Political Power and the News Media from Iraq to Katrina. University of Chicago Press.
  • Hamilton, J. T. (2004), All the News that's fit to sell. How the market transforms information into news. Princeton University Press.

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