Technische Universität Ilmenau

Foreign News and Social Media - Modultafeln of TU Ilmenau

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subject properties subject number 101646 - common information
subject number101646
departmentDepartment of Economic Sciences and Media
ID of group2552 (Media Studies Group)
subject leaderProf. Dr. Martin Löffelholz
term Wintersemester
previous knowledge and experience


learning outcome

Students will get an idea of how social media is effecting the traditional Foreign News gathering and perception and how the respective processes are intertwined.


The gathering of Foreign News has changed significantly in the era of the internet, since social media and global chat functions are available on every smartphone. Foreign countries and their citizens seem so much closer, so much more accessible as we can follow their politicians and other figures of public life on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.

And yet some basics of foreign news reporting remain just the same (the art of finding and investigating a good foreign news story, the principles of research in foreign socio-political environments, and the way of approaching people in different cultural contexts).

The seminar gives an overview on what has changed and how it has changed; focusing on the way of perceiving Foreign News as well as on Foreign News production.

Students attending the seminar will (1) be made familiar with the principles of Foreign News gathering. (2) They will be requested to analyze in which way social media channels are changing the traditional appearance of Foreign News Stories and (3) how it is influencing journalistic work.

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 To be disseminated at the first seminar session

evaluation of teaching
Details in major Master Medien- und Kommunikationswissenschaft/Media and Communication Science 2011
subject nameForeign News and Social Media
examination number2500248
credit points6
on-campus program (h)22
self-study (h)158
Obligationobligatory elective
examalternative examination performance
details of the certificate
  • Frequent and active participation
  • Presentation on selected topics
  • Academic paper
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maximum number of participants