Media and journalism: Covering World News

TED Studies, created in collaboration with Wiley, are curated video collections – supplemented by rich educational materials – for students, educators and self-guided learners. In Covering World News, media executives, journalists and authors explore how our ability to understand and participate in a global society is helped or hindered by Western media coverage of world events. As technology and a tough economy change the way mainstream media companies do business, will international news be an albatross or an asset? Relevant areas of interest, study and coursework include: journalism, photojournalism, citizen journalism, advocacy journalism, media studies, African studies and Middle East studies.

Learning outcomes

TED’s Covering World News will provide learners with a deeper knowledge of:

  • The key concepts, issues and debates that relate to journalism, media and communications in a global context
  • A range of critical approaches to understanding news, news technologies and news stories
  • The role of media in communicating information globally
  • Debates about the role of the media in the formation of collective identity, especially across nations
  • The dynamics and context of global news flows and foreign and transnational news coverage
  • The impact of technology and the Internet on the practice of journalism in different regions of the world.

Relevant talks

Introductory essay

Begin Covering World News with a fascinating read that gives context and clarity to the material.

About the educators

TED Studies professor: Martin Conboy

Martin Conboy is a professor and the director of graduate studies in the Department of Journalism Studies at the University of Sheffield (UK).

TED Studies professor: Scott Eldridge

Scott Eldridge, a former researcher and reporter in South Africa and the U.S., is a PhD candidate at the University of Sheffield researching the nexus between traditional and online journalism.

TED Studies professor: Jairo Luco-Ocando

Jairo Luco-Ocando, a former journalist and news editor in South America, is a lecturer in Journalism Studies and the coordinator of the MA in Global Journalism at the University of Sheffield.

TED Studies professor: John Steel

John Steel is the course leader for the MA in International Political Communication in the Department of Journalism Studies at the University of Sheffield.

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