Codes and Conventions

Answer the following questions and use your handout to help you with them.

Who is the target audience for the magazine? Are they educated professionals, wealthy, gender etc….
Describe magazine conventions in relation to your chosen magazines
Does your magazine break with any conventions?
What are some of the technical codes evident in your magazine?
What are some symbolic codes?


Media Ownership Concentration

Read the following Wikipedia entry and then answer the following questions:

What is media ownership concentration?
What is a media oligopoly?
What is media diversity and how does media ownership impact on this?
How might freedom of the press be compromised? Give an example from the Murdoch documentary.
What is deregulation?

Read up to concentration of media ownership in particular nations and what media is consolidated within Australia.

Watch the following video:

Then read the following article in this blog post:
Read Chapter 6 pages 102 – 110 for homework.

Once you have read through the stories answer the following questions.

What is the problem with media ownership?
Who should be allowed to own the media?
Should people (shareholders) be allowed to have a stake in media?
Should media just be owned by governments?
What are some of the problems with highly concentrated media ownership by individuals or governments?
How should media be made accountable.

Convergence and Divergence & Cross Media Ownership

Refer to the following blog post.

Media Ethics Articles

Media bias is a real problem in many areas including both written and photographic content. The articles below illustrate how inappropriate some of the media can be covering sensitive issues.

UN human rights chief denounces Sun over Katie Hopkins ‘cockroach’ column _ Global development _ The Guardian

Media Ethics Alert_ Should Chinese Journalists Have Snapped Photos of Dead Pop Star_ _ College Media Matters

BBC News – More Telegraph writers voice concern

Also, here is more information about the SBS journalist sacked over tweets about Anzac Day

SBS presenter Scott McIntyre sacked over ‘inappropriate’ Anzac Day tweets

Boston bombing identification attempts on social media end in farce _ US news _ The Guardian