Our class recently had a global conversation with Dr. Marc Edge, an Associate Professor of Media and Communication at the University of Malta. Marc has written five books and has taught at universities in five different countries. Dr. Wandia M. Njoya, a Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Language and Performing Arts at Daystar University in Kenya joined us as well. Wandia also shared with us her ideas about how the government must not control the media. Marc and Wandia spoke with our Journalism Fundamentals class about how the media or another driving force [the government] controls the news.
[image from newstarbooks.com] [image from daystar.ac.ke]
After a long discussion about their academic backgrounds and the media’s involvement in controlling the news, Marc and Wandia opened the floor for questions. I planned a question for Marc before our Global Class started and I was glad I got the opportunity to ask.
This was my question:
“Since you have worked at so many different universities all over the States, Europe and the world, there must be so many different responses and thoughts toward journalism and communication from your students. There must be so many diverse opinions from your classes. What is one universal topic or idea that you’ve shared with your students in regards to the media or journalism?”
Marc was eager to answer and said that he always warns his students about media biases. He spoke about media biases in regards to politics and how it is difficult to escape biases. He said there are conservative and liberal sources and perspectives and that it may be hard to differentiate between the two. Marc also said that media biases will always exist.
It’s important to know and understand what material you are reading and watching and where it stems from before you make any decisions. Know your sources and judge accordingly.
[image from theglobalclass.org]
I find this information very relevant today regarding the issue of ‘fake news.’ Fact-checking and getting accurate information is so important because it guarantees creditability. The more credible a media platform is, the more people rely and pay attention to the content they produce. In a world where information can be easily misconstrued and altered, critical journalists are necessary to provide real, timely and unchanged news pieces.
Overall, the conversation between Marc, Wandia and Durham College was successful and very informative.
To watch the full global class conversation, follow this link: