The Media Student’s Book

Welcome to the website for The Media Student's Book, 5th edition!

The book and the website together form a comprehensive introduction for students of media studies. They cover all the key topics and provide a detailed, lively and accessible guide to concepts and debates. The website is structured in four main parts, addressing key concepts, debates, research skills, and media production.

Individual chapter sections include:

  • Approaching media texts
  • Narrative
  • Genres and other classifications
  • Representations
  • Globalisation
  • Ideologies and discourses
  • The business of media
  • New media in a new world?
  • The future of television
  • Regulation now
  • Debating advertising, branding and celebrity
  • News and its futures
  • Documentary and ‘reality’ debates
  • From ‘audience’ to ‘users’?
  • Research: skills and methods

Each chapter section includes a range of examples to supplement the book, such as additional new and classic case studies and related links.

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