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Learning Opportunity: Journalism and Media Analysis

Journalism and Media Analysis

Course Information

Objective(s) of a study programme:

The graduate study program in Journalism and Media Analysis aims at educating experienced and knowledgeable professionals as well as highly engaged, responsible, and active citizens of contemporary (mediatized, technology and information focused, and networking) society, open to changes, professional challenges and innovations, possessing knowledge and expertise not only to adequately respond to the needs of different audience groups, but also to critically analyze the impact of professional practice in the country's public life, and to initiate new and innovative communications services, interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, and multi-media projects.
Learning outcomes:

1. General competences to apply analytical thinking to all that journalists do – from challenging the authenticity of information and news sources to understanding the societal processes and behavior patterns and motivations of people:
1.1. To analyze the functions of journalism, as a structural element of the media system, in a democratic civil society;
1.2. To apply qualitative, quantitative and comparative research methodology and empirical data collection techniques in communication and media research.
2. Subject competences related to making informed judgments about the newsworthiness of events, or finding the right experts to comment on important issues:
2.1. To work with various information sources, identify news values, do interviews, prepare reports, analyze, summarize, and raise good problem questions.
3. Process competences related to knowledge about communication process and the factors influencing it:
3.1. To explore the processes within media and public space on the national and international levels and to assess them in a broader socio-cultural, economic, political and historical context;
3.2. To evaluate transformations of media systems in the context of globalization and mediatization, analyzing the information content, audiences, technology, and organizations.
4. Competences of professional skills and values related to the general societal role of journalists and the norms guiding their behavior:
4.1. To demonstrate solid knowledge of systems of media regulation, standards of journalistic ethics, and communication cultural differences; and to apply the principles of socially responsible journalism;
4.2. To apply techniques and methods of gathering, selecting, evaluating, writing and editing news, while using different types and sources of information, given the media users and different channels.
Activities of teaching and learning:

Expected program study results are to be achieved by applying various study forms, methods, and teaching techniques, such as: lectures, analysis of practical examples, discussions, case studies, also work in groups, consultation, and practical assignments (e.g., case analysis, blog-writing, opinion-writing, essay, project, interactive workshops and poster-making sessions), individual work, etc. Face-to-face and distance teaching and learning forms are implemented as well.
Methods of assessment of learning achievements:

Written exams; professional internship; case studies; small-scale researh projects; journalistic commentaries and columns, essays; interviews; video-, audio- and photo-stories; reports; presentations; media products (TV and radio shows and programs, magazine, online blog, etc.), portfolio of practical work.
Study subjects (modules), practical training:

Journalism and Media Analysis program volume is 120 ECTS credits: 11 obligatory courses, which are research oriented and amount to 66 ECTS credits; 3 elective courses with 18 ECTS credits; 6 ECTS credits for professional internship and 30 ECTS for Master’s Thesis.
The logic of arrangements of compulsory subjects in the Graduate Program of Journalism and Media Analysis moves around several ideas and could be best described by indicating close relationships between three modules:
1. Media and Communication Studies: Theories and Research (theoretical studies and analysis module) (7 subjects, 42 ECTS): “Media in Modernity”, “Propaganda Criticism”, “Communication and Media Philosophy”, “Communication Research: Discourses and Methods”, “International and Intercultural Communication”, “Media Economics”, and “Political Communication and Mediatization”.
2. Journalism Practice and Research Projects (practice-oriented module) (4 subjects, 24 ECTS): “Principals of Journalism”, “Audiovisual Journalism”, “New Media Journalism”, and “Integrating Oral History in Journalism”.
3. Internship (6 ECTS credits) and Final MA Thesis (independent study and analytical research module) (30 ETCS).


Optional courses:

To specialize in the subjects and receive more in-depth knowledge, elective courses (1 per semester; 3 in total, 18 ECTS) may be chosen from the list: “Creative Writing”, “Feminisms in Europe”, “Postcoloniality in Eastern and Central Europe”, “Popular and Visual Culture”, “Risk and Crisis Communication”, “Media Innovations”, etc.
Distinctive features of a study programme:

Program is taught in English and in Lithuanian.

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Access requirements: 

Minimum education - Higher education



Provider Information

Provider Name: 
Vytautas Magnus University
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Provider phone number: +370-37-222739 Provider email: info@vdu.lt Provider URL: http://www.vdu.lt

Qualifications Awarded

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Qualification Awarded:
Master of Journalism
Awarding body:

Vytautas Magnus University

Awarding body contact info:

Provider phone number: +370-37-222739 Provider email: info@vdu.lt Provider URL: http://www.vdu.lt

Course Locations

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Course address:

Kauno m. sav. Kauno m. K. Donelaičio g. 58