Media Organization involves the examination of media organizations, industries, and policies and the vital role that media play in the production of news, information, and entertainment in a democratic society. The concentration includes a critical analysis of the history, functions, and structures of media organizations in American and global life; of the economic, social, legal, and technological forces influencing media; and of the roles that media play in society.

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 Neff
Bennett Rivenburgh
Howard Underwood

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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