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Media Studies - Print and Publishing Media - Revised

Study this free online course and learn more about print media, its effect on culture, and the impact the Internet has had on it.

Media and Journalism
Free Course
This free online Media Studies course focuses on Print and Publishing Media. Print media includes books, magazines, and newspapers and is a powerful form of communication. Like many industries, it has faced many challenges over the years. With this course, you will gain an in-depth look at the history and evolution of the basic types of print media, see the effects they have on culture, and learn about the impact the Internet has had on them.





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This course will first discuss the cultural origins of books and the European roots of the modern magazine. You will look into the evolution of contemporary copyright law and the changes that e-books bring to the publishing industry. The two major formats of paperback books and the benefits and drawbacks of digital libraries will also be discussed here. You will also study the meanings of print-on-demand and self-publishing.

You will then study the trends in journalism in the 20th century and the backlash against pulp magazines in the 1930s. The different types of specialized magazines and how they have adapted to an online market will also be covered. You will study the history and decline of the newspaper industry, the nature of literary journalism, and the impact of television on journalism. The meaning of watchdog journalism, as well as the difference between online reporting and traditional print reporting, will also be taught.

Print media is a major means of providing information and transfer of knowledge to people. By studying the history and evolution of books, magazines, and newspaper you will gain some truly valuable knowledge, particularly if you are in the field of print media and journalism. So why wait? Start this course today, and start gaining some interesting knowledge that can open the doors to an exciting career. 

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Learning Outcomes

Having completed this course you will be able to:

  • Trace the material and cultural origins of printed books
  • Outline the development of copyright law in the publishing industry
  • Summarize the changes e-books have brought to the publishing industry
  • Discuss print-on-demand and self-publishing
  • Trace the historical roots of the modern newspaper industry
  • Outline the unique features of literary journalism
  • Describe how television has impacted on journalistic styles
  • Summarize the decline of the newspaper industry
  • Discuss how online news differs from traditional print news
  • Trace the historical roots of the modern magazine


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