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Why Media Matters for Global Development

Explore how the media can help to tackle poverty and inequality all around the world.

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Why Media Matters for Global Development

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Learn why the media matters for global development

This comprehensive four-week course will show you the ways that global development is conceptualised, imagined and communicated as an area of study.

You’ll decipher the ways in which these understandings impact individuals living in different parts of the world, and how the media can shape, address and enhance key ideas and debates.

Discover the integral role of the media in global development

Through a range of different case studies - including in Kenya’s capital Nairobi - you’ll discover the integral role of the media and communication in development processes and social change.

You’ll address key ideas, concepts and debates about media representations of development, community media, participatory media, public media and the use of social media within global development campaigns.

Identify how the media can tackle uneven global development

You’ll also get to grips with how the media can tackle uneven global development - and the poverty that comes with it - as well as how the media can promote further development.

Learn from global development experts at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and the Public Media Alliance

The School of Global Development at UEA is a leading global centre of excellence in research and teaching in global development and the Public Media Alliance is the largest global association of public service media organisations.

You’ll be learning from experts within the fields of media and global development, and will be under the guidance of academics and practitioners who regularly publish research, train journalists and advise on policies.

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What topics will you cover?

  • Get an introduction to media and global as a body of knowledge
  • Understand why media matter for global development
  • Identify the role of social media in humanitarian communication and its role in imagining global development
  • Understand the importance of public service media and why it matters for development

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On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • How media can tackle poverty and inequality, around the world
  • The key ideas, concepts and debates in media and global development
  • A range of case studies to discover the role of media and communications in development processes and social change
  • Media representations of development, community media, participatory media, public media and social media in campaigns
  • How media promotes development in your country / community and in other parts of the world

Who is the course for?

This course focuses on key debates within the studies of global development and diversity. It therefore will be best suited to anyone considering studying or working within these fields.

Who will you learn with?

Associate Professor in Media and International Development at University of East Anglia - UK.

Lecturer in Media and International Development at the University of East Anglia with research interests in humanitarian communication, media representations of Africa and digital migration studies.

I am an associate professor in Media and International Development at the University of East Anglia, UK. I am the author of 'Media and Development' and study media freedom and humanitarian news.

CEO of the Public Media Alliance.

Who developed the course?

UEA (University of East Anglia)

The University of East Anglia is an internationally renowned university providing top quality academic, social and cultural facilities to over 15,000 students from over 100 countries around the globe.

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