Seminar: Factual Television - Understanding Television News

Ref: C3744379

The course acts as an introduction to key debates surrounding media's place within democracy. It will focus particularly on the British model of public service broadcasting and key debates surrounding Television News, including the concept of due impartiality, and news as media product. A key area for consideration with regards to democratic principles will be the emergence of 'Fake News'. Come along and enjoy a relaxed morning practising your skills in media analysis.

Additional information about this course

This course is not supported by The Education and Skills Funding agency and does not have a fee waiver but concessions may be available. Contact the branch for further details.

Course aim

To introduce students to debates on media and democracy with a focus on Television News and the emergence of Fake News, with a view to developing critical skills in media analysis.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • review the key debates around media and democracy.
  • discuss the key characteristics of the British model of public service broadcasting with a focus on Television News
  • review the current debates surrounding the emergence of Fake News
  • discuss Television News as a media product
  • Apply basic skills in the critical analysis of media representations in relation to Television News

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • You may wish to bring a notepad and pen for notetaking

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Seminar: Factual Television - Understanding Television News

Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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