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