This course will introduce students to the study of ethical issues in the media and communication. Students will develop an understanding and appreciation of these issues and the ability to analyze the important ethical issues involved with the mass media and communication industry of Bangladesh as well as in the world. Issues to be dealt with include sensationalism, yellow journalism, corruption, contempt of court and the protection of sources of information. It will also tackle the code of ethics for journalists, researchers, media and public relations professionals.
The course places an emphasis on the importance of research, research techniques and detailed discussion on the different stages of research for communications. Students will be required to write a research proposal. Emphasis will also be given to different methods of social science and communication researches e.g. survey, historical, experimental, focus group study, content analysis, participatory rural appraisal and evaluative research methods. Students will obtain details on questionnaire preparations and interviewing techniques – two vital components of survey methods. Students will have the scope to learn data analysis methods and techniques particularly the SPSS (Statistical Package for Social Sciences) method as well as other statistical methods necessary for data analysis. On successful completion of this course, students will be in position to carry out any research work in their field of interest.
The course is designed to present a general survey of the media laws in Bangladesh including a historical perspective, the socio-economic aspects as well as specific laws relating to the media. These include the issues of defamation, libel versus slander and how to avoid defamation suites. Also included are important issues such as copyright and piracy laws, censorship, press freedom and journalism related constitutional articles and clauses. The course will conclude with a consideration of international media law covering telecommunications and related matters and their applications in Bangladesh.
With the introduction of the new media and their capacity to store, distribute and/or conceal information at ever increasing levels, the issues of privacy and access to information have become increasingly important. This course looks at issues of access and equity, privacy and personal usage of the media in a global context. It will also cover matters relating to e-government, e-governance and e-democracy and the formation of the electronic public sphere. Finally, the course will examine the various national government attempts to control access to information and at the same time protect the communications rights of the citizen.
The course is designed to present a general survey of the media laws in Bangladesh including a historical perspective, the socio-economic aspects as well as specific laws relating to the media. These include the issues of defamation, libel versus slander and how to avoid defamation suites. This course also looks at issues of access and equity, privacy and personal usage of the media in a global and national context.
The course focuses on the theory and practice of radio and television journalism. Topics include growth and development of mass media, program scheduling, distinctive electronic reporting styles, the impact of studio production on reporting, the commercial realities of electronic reporting, news casting and news script writing for both radio and television. Electronic News Gathering (ENG) will also constitute a significant part of this course and will be practiced in the media lab in structured simulations where students will gather news related footage and then edit it.
The principles of political reporting will be taught to students in the context of the media in Bangladesh, which is dominated by political news and party political activities. This course provides students with the knowledge and skills that are required to negotiate this complex mediascape and become successful political journalists. The course will discuss in detail the Bangladeshi political parties, their background, ideologies and practices. How to build sources in political parties and extract exclusive information will also be taught in the course. In addition comparative case studies will feature in the course as a means of introducing students to alternative models of political reporting.
The reporting of sporting events is a major feature in almost all the mainstream media because of its large readership or audience. Sports journalists require specialist skills to cover and report on the games properly. Writing techniques required are also different from other news writing and reporting styles. The course will help students understand different sports and how to report for different media – electronic and print. Beside class lectures, assignments will develop the necessary skills by visiting and reporting on major and minor sports events.
This course serves as the foundation for business journalism knowledge, with an emphasis on practical skills. It explores how to cover traditional “beats”, such as the national and global economies, markets and corporations. Students will learn to follow free-markets and planned economies; the legal, financial and social roles of public and private corporations; how to track corporations through public filings and how to read essential economic indicators and corporate documents to determine economic performance. Students will produce news stories for a general audience about current business topics.
This course builds on Business Beat Reporting 1, expanding basic knowledge to include coverage of government regulatory bodies, banking, natural resources and agriculture. Students will compare Bangladeshi media coverage of the economy and business, as well as produce their own business news stories for class assignments. The skills taught include reading audits and budgets.