Journalism Studies examines research and theories on the production and distribution of news and information. The concentration includes a critical analysis of the history, functions, and structures of media organizations in America and globally. This field examines the professional, organizational, economic, social, legal, and technological forces shaping news and information, along with the people responsible for deciding what becomes news. A particular focus is on the roles that news media play in society and politics, particularly with the rise of new modes of information production and distribution that are challenging traditional definitions of news and journalism. Faculty explore these topics  across different temporal and geographic contexts and from a variety of methodological and epistemological stances.

Faculty

The faculty listed below emphasize this area of study in their teaching and research, though most have additional areas of expertise. This list is not exhaustive, as many University of Washington faculty outside the Department of Communication also teach courses and conduct research in this area.

Baldasty Kielbowicz
Beam Powers
Bennett Rivenburgh
Underwood Cook

Courses

Graduate students who wish to learn more about media organization can enroll in the Department of Communication courses listed below.

Number Title
COM 542 READINGS IN COMMUNICATION HISTORY
COM 545 DEVELOPMENT OF MASS COMMUNICATION
COM 557 GOVERNMENT AND MASS COMMUNICATION
COM 559 MEDIA AND FOREIGN POLICY
COM 565 MASS MEDIA STRUCTURE
COM 570 ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION
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