Media & Society: 04

Theories of media production

The complexities of media productionThe complexities of media production

In this session we will look at different approaches to production’ and producers’ - that is, how we can understand the processes behind the creation of media texts. We will draw on ideas from political economy, organisational studies, professionalism, organisational goals, and look at the relations between organisations and other bodies and groups.


Things to complete this for this week’s session:

Read the McQuail chapter on studying media organisations.


Download slides - PDF


Chapter 11 The Media Organization: Pressures and Demands”, McQuail, D. (2010) Mass Communication Theory. SAGE, London.

Download PDF

Other Material

Another way that states can control or influence media and news production is through providing (or denying!) certain types of training or education; this is a recent example from China:

Up next Media & Society: 05 Media & Society: 03
Latest posts Reuters Institute: Annual Digital News Reports PBS X/Twitter Musk Documentary Useful words and phrases for academic writing 3. The Invisible Management of the Great Society Media & Society: 01 Media & Society: Assessment GSS Presenter Schedule Mapping World Communications: War, Progress, Culture Media & Society: 02 Media & Society: 03 Media & Society: 04 Media & Society: 05 Media & Society: 06 Media & Society: 07 Social Media and Climate Change Info 1. The Emergence of Technical Networks 2. The Age of Multitudes 4. The Shock of Ideologies 5. The School of Ruse 6. From Progress to Communication - Conceptual Metamorphoses 7. The Revolution of Rising Expectations 8. The International Regulation of Information Flows 9. The State in Its Ordinary Dimension 10. The Ascendancy of Geoeconomy 11. Mediations and Hybridizations CAC Syllabus and Deadlines 12. Conclusion:The Enigma Essay Writing Top Tips CAC 1 CAC Essay Information CAC 2