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[ecrea] Fwd: Summer School on Media Theory and Practice

Fri Apr 01 21:26:29 GMT 2011



Sponsored by:

The International League of Education in Media and Communication

Organised by:

National Centre for Radio & Television Studies, Communication University of China,

Communication and Media Research Institute, University of Westminster

School of Journalism and Communication, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, University of Tokyo

BEIJING 3^rd JULY – 17^th JULY 2011

*What Is The School About?*

The School offers short, intensive, courses on media issues of contemporary relevance. In addition, there are numerous guest lectures by international experts on topics related to their own research. The atmosphere of the School is informal and students are encouraged to participate fully in both all discussions with both faculty and their fellow students. This year, there are three separate courses running in parallel, on broadcast production, the economics of digital media, and new developments in global media. The outline of the courses is as follows:

   * */Broadcasting Production: /*/This television video course is
     designed to show how to teach the skills and art of making news
     and feature videos. The course will cover a progressive curriculum
     to lead students through the basic understanding of how a video is
     set up and how to take it through to complete story telling. As
     well as the technical skills of shooting and editing, there is a
     big emphasis on the journalistic aspects of what makes a good
     story. The course will be mainly practical with teams going out to
     shoot their stories as well as some starter classroom sessions
     showing examples of student work with discussion on how they came
     to be made./
   * */Digital technologies and the Reinvention of the Media
     Industries/*/:/ /Digital, interactive technologies are changing
     the practices of media production and transforming  business
     models. The 2011 Summer School will examine the nature of these
     changes and explore the ways in which media organisations in the
     key media sectors are reinventing themselves through the use of
     digital tools and platforms. Digital technologies present media
     organisations with both threats and opportunities. Traditional
     revenue and business models have been destabilised, competition
     has intensified and changing user behaviours have forced a
     reassessment of marketing and content packaging strategies. At the
     same time, new devices present media organisations with new
     creative and editorial options, social media facilitate new kinds
     of relationship between media firms and their viewers, listeners
     and readers, and hold out the prospect of new ways of ‘monetising’
     media content.  This summer school will examine the lessons
     learned by international media organisations in attempting to
     engage with these issues/
   * */New Developments in Global Media: /*/The study of the media has
     long been based on the assumption that the media of North America
     and Western Europe are the norm towards which the whole world
     aspires. The shifting balance of economic power in the world is
     beginning to have an impact on the global flows of media products
     and poses a fundamental challenge to such assumptions.  Brazil has
long been a major exporter of TV programmes around the world. Indian cinema produces more films every year than Hollywood and it has established an increasingly large international audience. China has recently increased its investment in international news
     broadcasting and many Chinese TV stations have the ambition to
     become major international players in other programme areas. The
     course will examine the rise of these new global players and
     consider their impact on a world system still dominated by media
     in the global north. /

* *

*How Will The School Be Organised?*

The School will take place at the Beijing Campus of the Chinese University of Communication (CUC), which will provide accommodation, catering and classrooms for all the participants. The Campus is a modern one, located in the east of Beijing and well served by public transport.

There will be 10 days of lectures and seminars and ample time for informal meetings, leisure and tourism. Formal teaching will consist of lectures and discussions by leading experts from different countries. Students at the School will also be expected to present a paper on their own research specialization in one of a series of seminars devoted to work in progress.

The working language of the School will be English, and all lectures, reading, classes and discussions will take place in that medium.

The School will be accredited by CUC as a credit bearing course and the organisers will issue certificates making that clear to those participants who need them.

The organisers will, on request, provide the necessary letters and any other documentation require for the purposes of issuing visas to foreign visitors.

*Who Can Attend The School?*

The school is open to anyone with a genuine interest in the theory and practice of contemporary and future media. Participants in the courses on media economics and global media must be able to present a scholarly paper on their own original research, which should be on a topic relevant to the subject of the course they are following. Apart from that requirement, there are no restrictions on age, status or nationality, but the organisers believe that the school will be particularly valuable to doctoral students and junior faculty.

*How Much Will The School Cost?*

Attendees should cover their own costs for air fares and other travel. There is no Registration or Tuition Fee*.* Students are welcome to arrange their own accommodation and tourism if they wish. If you prefer to stay at CUC’s International Exchange Centre and/or join a group tour organized by the host institution, please provide detailed information about your travel plans and specify your needs in your application. The following table give you an idea of the likely costs.








190 RMB per day


The lowest price at CUC’s International Exchange Centre

(Please pay directly at the counter when you check out.)



5~10RMB per meal


At CUC  canteens



350 RMB per people


Day tour to scenic sites of Beijing

   * Students may make their own choice of package from the listed items.
   * The full rate for a standard room en suite is RMB 190 per day. Two
     people may share a room and divide the full rate.
   * At the time of writing, €1= RMB9.2 and $US1=RMB6.57

*How Can I Apply To Attend The School?*

A copy of the application form can be found at:

All applications for the School will be handled by the staff of CUC and communications and completed forms should be sent to (bjss2009 /at/ <mailto:(bjss2009 /at/>. We welcome other materials, like a CV, a personal statement, a detailed research proposal or an academic paper, which will be helpful for the organisers to evaluate your application. Please indicate on your application form your order of preference for the three courses we offer. The organisers will make every effort to enrol you on your first choice course, but if that is not available we will offer you your next preference. Courses will be filled on the basis of “first come, first served.”

*The deadline for applications is May 1^ST 2011*. If you have any questions or requests, you can also contact us via email at the above address or by telephone or fax at 86-10-65779313 or 86-10-65779244.

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