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Our deadlines are drawing closer, not just for assignments but for exams as well. We have just one written test in Law, Ethics and Public Admin. Yesterday we went through revision and past exam papers.

The exam will be on a number of different subjects.

1) The European Court of Justice in Luxemburg, and what takes place there.

2) The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg and its role.

3) A Question on Libel/Defamation

4) A Question on Contempt of Court

5) A Question on reporting a serious sexual offence

  • If you name the person, you can’t name things like incest etc

6) A Question on Data protection

  • Personal Data
  • Non-personal data
  • Sensitive personal data

 

We also briefly covered the journalistic product which I aim to discuss with Marcos today, to look for advice and direction on how to record it.

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With the week I’ve had, Genevieve and I managed to miss each other at every opportunity to plan our presentation for today’s seminar. The presentation, although not marked, is supposed to take a view at how we are getting on in the process of our essay writing. So far I haven’t got anywhere, as the link will explain.

We managed to meet a few hours before our lecture to throw together a quick presentation. As my lecture notes had disappeared this was a tougher process than it could have been.

We spent the first half hour teaching one another about the country we will be discussing in our essay and the theories behind our essay. We then put together a few slides just to support our speech.

While our presentation was a clear example of how we were under-prepared, we both managed to explain ourselves in a manner that meant we could get some good constructive feedback.

When I begin writing my essay, I now have four questions that I need to focus on.

1)   What is the media policy?

2)   Is it executed?

3)   Which of the ‘4 theories of the press’ does it fit into?

4)   How does post-traumatic journalism/post communism theory fit into it?

I will be writing about the print media system in the Czech Republic. The media policy I have yet to research, but that is my next main focus. I have done plenty of theoretical research so far so as soon as I read the official policy I should know whether the Czech print media are executing it effectively.

A holy grail when it comes to Central European media theory

Whilst I will argue that the system currently operating doesn’t fit into any of the 4 theories (citing Sparks & Reading 1998), I will suggest that it most closely fits into the libertarian theory.

This argument will then lead e on to the idea of Post Traumatic Journalism, or in the case of the Czech Republic, post-communism.

Overall it was a very helpful exercise, I also noted down a few pointers that Fred and the class suggested we include so I have some further reading to do, but hopefully I should be in a position to start the essay by the end of next week.

 

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I have been doing this course for 8 weeks now. I have done more reading in the past 8 weeks than I did in my entire three years studying Creative Writing. This either says a lot about how seriously I’m taking this course or very little about how seriously I took my previous course.

The truth is I knew what I was capable of as an undergraduate and perhaps I took it a bit lightly and I spent my time at Marjon growing as a person and getting involved in plenty of extra-curricular activities.

This course I haven’t got involved in basketball or many side-projects, I am reading so much and focusing on my work each week. It has definitely led in a slower development of bonding with friends but feel I’m slowly getting there with my course-mates.

My first piece of major coursework is due in pretty soon and I think I am pretty prepared for it, not quite entirely, but nearly. Of course what I have realised in doing so much work is that I was never ready to complete any piece of coursework in my previous course, I didn’t even take the time to learn how to construct my academic essays.

This past Friday’s session allowed us to look at this subject a little bit. We did spend the first hour discussing this past weeks readings, but after this we looked at other journal articles and how they are set up. I’ve never thought about it before but for this academic essay I think I’m going to ‘plan’ it. Bizarre. At least it feels so. I’ll start this week as we don’t have any essential reading to do so I can spend the time I’d usually commit to that looking at how I’m going to put together the essay.

The introduction needs to adhere to these brief points.

  • The title – has to explain what country I’ll be talking about, what media system and the theory I’ll be attaching to it
  • The 1st sentence – should tell the reader something about how the system is affected by political, social or economic structures.
  • The 1st paragraph – will propose the current situation in the country regarding the media system discussed and it’s pros and cons.
  • Before beginning the analysis, the intention of the article should be set out and the system should also be put into context in the global marketplace

So that’s the first paragraph planned. It only took two days…

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