News Impacts in the Digital Age


Course Objective

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be
able to:
• Analyze trends in the news;
• Explain the impact of repeated exposure to news media on the public,
both from a longitudinal and cross-sectional perspective;
• Explain, based on theory, the role of news in the digital
• Analyze the impact of news on the public using empirical data on news
content and public opinion;

Course Content

This course starts where the course 'Nieuwsdynamiek in de digitale
samenleving' ends. The course focuses on the impact of news on public
opinion and public debates. Students learn how (political or financial)
organizations that are often also news sources are framed in the news
and also which impact this framing has on public opinion. In order to
evaluate developments, impact and effect of (news) media on public
opinion, students learn how to monitor trends and patterns in the news,
especially in news about politics, about the economy and about firms
quoted at the stock exchange. Next this course focuses on how to trace
news effects on citizens and stakeholders (e.g. financial markets,
governments) starting from theories about agenda setting, knowledge
gaps, cognitive mediation, priming and framing.
We expect an active contribution of students in all classes. In the
literature lectures students are expected to comment on articles. In the
practical exercises students improve their research skills.

Teaching Methods

Lectures; practical exercises.

Method of Assessment

Literature exam (40%) and practical exercise reports (60%), both up to
the mark.

Entry Requirements

Participation in 'Nieuwsdynamiek in de digitale samenleving' or
completion 'basisvaardigheden tekstanalyse met R'


Hyperlinks to the syllabus and selected articles from communication
journals will be available on Canvas.
For students who feel a deficiency in some respects a list of additional
literature is available.

Target Audience

MSc students in Commmunication Science (obligatory for students of the
Politicial Communication track), MSR students and exchange

Additional Information

Presence is mandatory.
In this course we cooperate with the course 'Nieuwsframes, nieuwsimpact
en burgerschap' from the master Journalism (Faculty of Humanities). Some
classes and literature are shared.

General Information

Course Code S_NIDA
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 500
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences
Course Coordinator prof. dr. J. Kleinnijenhuis
Examiner prof. dr. J. Kleinnijenhuis
Teaching Staff dr. K. Welbers
prof. dr. J. Kleinnijenhuis

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Teaching Methods Study Group, Lecture, Practical
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