COM300.1 Digital Britain: Engaging the User (Fall, Spring) NOT OFFERED Fall 2021

The digital revolution has profoundly shaken up the British media landscape. In an era of “fake news,” threats to the freedom of the press, big data, and the burgeoning of user-generated content, journalists face unprecedented pressure to retain users’ trust, and redefine their role in the 21st century. At the same time, technological innovations have led to new ways of storytelling across a variety of British media. In this class, students will look at how British media are evolving in the digital age, and finding innovative ways to engage audiences. We will pay particular attention to how events like the COVID-19 crisis have impacted both journalism and the disinformation ecosystem, while also creating opportunities to foster positive online communities. Through a series of guest speakers, lectures, and outings, students will roadtest a variety of digital projects, develop an understanding of contemporary pressures facing the media industry, and examine ways in which British journalism stands out in a noisy online world.

Department: Communications

Location: London

Credits: 3