Whose Story Is It? Media in Developing Countries
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Course Number: NCOM 3022
Course Format: Lecture
Permission Required: No
Technology has brought people around the world closer together than ever. We learn about countries and peoples in regions formerly remote and closed to external observers. But what exactly do we know? From whose perspective is the story told? This course contrasts foreign coverage of life in African, Asian, Latin American, and Eurasian countries with local reporting. We explore the print and broadcast media in countries consciously building more democratic states. We address the legal and legislative environments that foster the development of independent media, as well as the self-censorship that too many reporters and editors practice. We examine patterns of coverage, from the imitation of CNN and the BBC to the promotion of indigenous voices. We look for the cutting edge of local reporting, in which standard journalistic methods are amalgamated with traditional storytelling techniques.