Welcome to the first session of the course.

Why study media reform?

Readings for the session:


1.What to Study? What is Media Reform?

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From Hackett & Carroll (2006).
  • A Long Journey: Democratization, Reform, Justice.
  • Not (only) change via media but changing the media.
  • Advocacy and Activism.
  • Know the Media, Be the Media, Change the Media.


2. What to Study? Issues and Actors

Clegg’s Three Power Frameworks.


3.Why to Study? Understand Changes


  • John Fiske: Look at the margins, for the margins are the future.
  • Phil Napoli / The World Bank: The Age of Communication Research.


4. Why to Study? Engaged Scholarship

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Source: McKiernan (2012).
  • Des Freedman: Put A Ring On It! Why We Need More Commitment In Media Scholarship
  • Stefania MilanEngaged research represents one of the possible translations into practice of … ‘situated epistemology’, one that takes into account the contextual elements of knowledge production, as opposed to simply considering merely its outcomes, and, most importantly, embeds the investigation in a relationship, as opposed to standing above or outside the research object.


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