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Media Studies - Entertainment and Broadcast Media - Revised

Learn how music, radio, movies, and television have influenced culture and society, with this free media studies course.

Media and Journalism
Free Course
This free online Media Studies course will introduce you to entertainment and broadcast media. Different types of media such as music, radio, movies, and television have faced many challenges with the emergence of digital technology. With this course, you will learn about the impact new technology has had on these types of media. You will also learn the pros and cons of different media types as well as how they are evolving and adapting.
  • Duration

    1.5-3 Hours
  • Assessment

  • Certification

  • Responsive






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This course begins by discussing how certain technologies changed the face of the music industry. You will study major record labels and independent labels, illegal file sharing, and legitimate digital downloads. You will then study the major technological changes in radio since its inception, the Golden Age of Radio, the Fairness Doctrine on political radio, and the development of new radio technologies. The course will also discuss the radio as a form of mass media.

You will then study the key developments of the motion picture industry and technology, the influence of movies on culture, the effects of piracy on the movie industry, and the impact of digital cinematography on the film industry. Finally, the course will discuss the three important developments in the history of television since 1960, its effect in the development of culture, the difference between satellite and cable television, and the effect of the Internet on content delivery and viewing patterns.

If you are interested in a career in the media then this Entertainment and Broadcast Media online course will give you a deeper understanding of the development of the different genres of music, the radio industry and its history, the effects of movies and television on culture, and how these different types of media have adapted to the changing times. This is really interesting and useful knowledge for anyone hoping to work in media, so check out the course today and give your media skills a real boost.

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Learning Outcomes

Having completed this course you will be able to:

  • Assess the impact of technologies that have changed the face of the music industry
  • Describe the evolution of pop music during the last century
  • Explain the defining characteristics of radio’s Golden Age
  • Describe the effects of networks and conglomerates on radio programming
  • Explain the use of formats in the development of modern radio stations
  • Summarize key developments and technology in the motion picture industry
  • Explain how movies reflect cultural attitudes and trends
  • Discuss how movies influence culture and society
  • Identify three important developments in the history of television, since 1960


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