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This entertaining course offers a complete introduction to mass communications. Explore bite-sized lessons to study the history, models and theories of mass communications and examine various forms of publishing, including book, newspaper and magazine. This course also covers the film industry, television and the Internet, as well as the relationship between mass communications and society. As you progress through the lessons, feel free to gauge your knowledge of key concepts by taking short quizzes. Chapter exams and a final exam offer a broader review of this course.
Resources available in this course can benefit students, educators and professionals in mass communications. Students can use the lessons, quizzes and exams as a textbook or tutoring replacement when learning about mass communications for the first time or refreshing prior knowledge. Educators can use the resources in this course as supplemental learning materials, helping to enhance student's comprehension of the subject area. Professionals working in journalism or other areas of mass communications can get reacquainted with important concepts and improve their ability to excel in the field.
|Introduction to Mass Communication||Defines the communication process, mass communication and mass media. Details American media information sources, the four functions of mass communication and the rise of communication technology as it relates to society.|
|Models & Theories of Mass Communication||Teaches a variety of models of communication, including the linear model, Shannon Weaver model, interactive model and Osgood-Schramm model. Discusses the cultivation theory of mass communication and definition of media effects.|
|History & Culture of Mass Communication||Explains how mass media and journalism developed in the United States, and describes cultural and intellectual trends between World War I and World War II. Defines media literacy, and discusses the role of social and cultural views in media.|
|Mass Communication & Book Publishing||Details the history and evolution of books, the role of books in mass communication and types of books in the digital age. Explains how the printing press changed the world and historical and modern censorship in the book industry.|
|Mass Communication & Newspaper Publishing||Covers the history of journalism, origins of newspapers and definition of yellow journalism. Discusses differences between nonprofit and for-profit newspapers, lists various types of newspapers and details current trends in the newspaper industry.|
|Mass Communication & Magazine Publishing||Outlines the history of magazine publishing, the role and impact of magazines in the United States and the role and power of advertisers in magazines. Lists types of magazines, and details trends in the magazine industry.|
|The Telegraph, Telephone & Radio in Mass Communications||Describes the history of radio and radio advertising, evolution of radio and the broadcasting industry and invention of the telegraph. Discusses early radio network affiliates, the radio and recording industry and the impact of radio and television on the humanities. Provides a biography and details the inventions of Alexander Graham Bell.|
|Mass Communication & The Film Industry||Explores the techniques of early film, history of stop-motion animation and three-component system of film production. Lists types of film genres and subgenres, films and film studios. Describes the introduction of sound to film and changes and trends in the film industry.|
|Mass Communication & Television||Walks through the history of television, evolution of early television and media's role in the anti-Vietnam War movement. Explains the impact of cable and satellite TV, the planning and implementation of television programming and the impact of technology on modern television.|
|The Internet, Social Media & Mass Communication||Discusses the history of the Internet, lists forms of Internet communication, and defines social media. Describes the Internet and social media in U.S. politics, the role of contemporary journalism in society and trends in social media and Internet usage.|
|Mass Communication & Modern Society||Examines different types of media bias and criticism, defines slander and libel, and explains the media's influence on the public's political attitudes. Shares examples of anti-government media and details how media impacts violence.|
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