Media and Ethics (Jan-May 2017)

Core module for BSc (Hons) Journalism Yr 1 and BSc (Hons) Communication Yr 1

Class on Fridays from 8.00 to 11.00
Room 2.10 NAC

Module Outline
Please note that lectures will be conducted in English and French.

20th January
Introduction générale

27th January
We carry on with our discussion of the introduction. We will also do some classwork. Then, we will work on lecture notes on theoretical underpinnings for media ethics.

3rd February
We discuss the lecture notes on the theoretical underpinnings for media ethics, followed by classwork.

10th February
We finish discussing the last slides from last time.
I will give back your classwork from last week and we will discuss your answers.
We then discuss lecture notes on Media Ethics.
If we have time, we discuss the following: Fairness Formula. We read the first two pages in class and work out questions 1 to 5.

17th February
We read the Fairness Formula handout and discuss questions 1 to 4. As planned, question 5 will be in the form of team presentations. Please bring all your articles on a pen drive. Each team will have around 5 minutes to present.

Please make sure you have a brief intro which explains what the article is about (content, structure, elements, etc.). No slides are needed and there should not be any written text for your presentation (just key points to guide you in your oral presentation).

We then discuss lecture notes on Media Ethics.

24th February
Public holiday

3rd March
We carry on with the team presentations. Please make sure you have read the lecture notes on Media Ethics.

Note: The summary of presentations and discussions related to local articles can be found here. The page will be updated as soon as all updated pictures are received.

10th March
We briefly discuss the lecture notes on Media Ethics, then lecture notes on Éthique et déontologie, followed by an exercise (Scenarios).

17th March
Please bring your key points for the exercise # 4 from the Fairness Formula handout (Select a topic that is currently in the news. Who would you interview to provide balance in an article on the topic or for more in-depth coverage of the issue?). This is to be done on an individual basis and submitted in class.

We will discuss lecture notes on Éthique et déontologie and work out the following tasks.

Interesting reading

The page for your presentations and discussions thereof has been updated except for two submissions which need to be checked.


Note: All students are expected to submit their key points for the exercise #4 in the Fairness Formula Handout by Tuesday 21st March in my assignment box. A selection of answers will be discussed during the next session on 24th March.

24th March
Please prepare for the tasks which have been handed out last week in class. We will thoroughly discuss the ethics statements (we have already discussed the first two), work out the proposed code of ethics and the scenario problem solving.

The group which had not yet given their presentation is expected to do so this week.

Useful resources:

31st March
We finish discussing the potential code of ethics (Task Two) and the scenarios from Task Three. I will give back your work on the previous exercise on sourcing. We will discuss a selection. I have already announced that there will be a class test next week, i.e. on 7th April. Any questions prior to the test will be addressed on 31st March.

Useful resources:

7th April
In-class test as announced. All students should be present.

14th April
We discuss last week’s test as well as some past papers. Individual scripts will be given back next week.

We also discuss the following:

Additional reading:

21st April
Individual scripts from the test will be given back (please bring your self-assessment / marks as discussed last week).

All students were asked to:

  • read the documents which have been shared on this page previously (see links above) and to summarise the keypoints. Please bring the key items you have retained from the readings for class discussion.
  • select a current news topic and to analyse the coverage by different media houses of same in order to uncover potential biases. Please bring your analysis for class discussion.

If we have time, we will also discuss past exam papers in view of exams.

28th April
Last wrap-up session. We still start at 9.00.

Any student who was absent for the last 2 sessions is required to send me an email specifying how many marks they think they have obtained. I will then leave your script in Registry so that you can collect. Please ask your classmates for information about the discussions we had about the test. We had an in-depth session on 14th April on same with much detailed discussion about relevant cases in the local context.

Last week, we discussed the Robertson preliminary report, the Dooharika case and some current cases (press conferences of NS, VL, etc.). Please make sure you catch up on all discussions. Lecture notes are merely support material and the class discussions and explanations are vital for proper understanding of the topics in this module.

For this last session, all students are expected to complete the reading of all material referred to in this module. As explained in class, I expect you to come with copies which are highlighted or underlined, with summaries of key ideas and with questions or comments on these.

I also expect you all to come with the key points of the exercise (on bias in the coverage of the topic you have selected from the local media).

Final note

For those of you who wish to catch up and enhance your marks, please let me have your last assignment in hard copy (comparison of coverage by several media houses of the same topic to uncover potential biases) by Friday 5th May in my pigeon hole or assignment box .

When submitting, please make sure you let me have a copy of the articles (photo, scan, link, etc.) so that I can assess properly.

Good luck for your exams!