Module 2: Selection criteria and information quality
Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile
- Determine the parameters for the selection of news contents and for setting the media agenda.
- Critically evaluate reality to select, prioritize and produce texts that might be disseminated as news.
- Analyse the criteria that mass media apply when selecting their content.
- Analyse the informative message considering the medium-content relationship.
- Propose parameters to set the media’s agenda.
- Apply quality measurement models to different Chilean and foreign media, and from different informative contexts.
Typical Methods of Assessment
- Analysis of cases and class discussions
- Development of an individual project, analysing a medium
- Presentation of the projects in class
- Journalism in a complex society
- Definition and contextualisation of the agenda in journalism
- The agenda as the primary journalistic responsibility
- The concept of journalistic quality: distinct perspectives
- Quality, prestige, credibility
- Internal and external influencing factors in the selection of news content
- Internal organisation of the agenda
- Parameters to construct the agenda
- Journalistic sources
- Conflicts and strategies for the construction of the agenda
Each student has to carry out an individual project throughout the course, in which he/she analyses a daily newspaper according to the parameters viewed in class. The evaluation consists of a control of the ongoing work (twice during the semester) and the submission of the final project. The students will present their results in class. The first control accounts for 40 % of the final grade, the second control for 60 % of the final grade, which also includes the class presentation.