World of Media-2019. Journal of Russian Media and Journalism Studies. Issue №3.
The issue was published in 2019 by the Faculty of Journalism, Lomonosov Moscow State University.
Nagpal, N., & Tripathi , S.D. (2019) New media, youngsters and family: an emerging culture of changing communication practices in Indian families – a study in Delhi and NCR // World of Media. Journal of Russian Media and Journalism Studies, 3: 5-40.
There is consensus among media and communication scholars that a monumental shift is occurring in the media and communication habits of young people, and the communication culture within family, is in a swirl. On the one hand, new digital media has progressively become a part of life in the urban cities and remote towns of India, governing the interactions of people, on the other, social media that developed as an off shoot of new digital media quickly became a big source of connectivity among the people, as across the globe. India has a special place on the social networking sites map owing to large numbers of its young users3 . The usage of social networking sites amongst teenagers and college going students greatly increased with extensive influence on the youth in numerous ways, particularly as the new platform has scope to impact their interpersonal relationships. This triggered a debate on the impact of the new media on the activities, social relationships, and worldviews of the younger generations, and on values, attitudes, and patterns of social behavior, in the family context. The scope of enquiry of the present study is focused around two primary questions, i.e., 1) How is family communication influenced using new media (inclusive of social media? 2) Is family losing its place of importance in youngsters’ lives?
Key words: Teenagers, youngsters, family, peer group, new media, social networking sites, family communication culture.
Jamil, S., & Appiah-Adjei, G. (2019) Journalism in the era of mobile technology: The changing pattern of news production and the thriving culture of fake news in Pakistan and Ghana // World of Media. Journal of Russian Media and Journalism Studies, 3: 42-64.
The advent of new technologies has resulted in the rise of mobile journalism around the globe. Mobile devices have reformed the newsroom environments by introducing new means to connect with the audience and to communicate with other journalists within the same place. Many traditional media organizations already produce news content for mobile web-sites and apps in proportion to cross-media strategies, reflecting structural changes in the journalism industry and transformation in the process of news production in many countries and although coming from different cultural traditions and geographical locations, Pakistan and Ghana are no exceptions. However, there are concerns about the potential role of mobile journalism in fostering the culture of fake news in both countries. Thus, using the media convergence and social responsibility theories, this study aims to analyse how mobile journalism is altering the news production process and fostering the trend of fake news in Pakistan and Ghana. To accomplish this aim, this study uses the qualitative methods of document review and in-depth interviews and offers a thematic analysis of the qualitative data.
Key words: Mobile journalism, fake news, media convergence, social responsibility, Pakistan’s and Ghana’s news media.
Aduloju, E.T. (2019) Content analysis of the reflection of media literacy in communication curricula of select Nigerian universities // World of Media. Journal of Russian Media and Journalism Studies, 3: 66-85.
Media literacy enables people to interpret and make informed judgments as users of digital technology sources, as well as to become producers of media contents in their own right. However, many Nigerian universities are not aware of this literacy or have not included it in their curricula. This study analysed the media-literacy content in curricula of nine select universities in Africa’s most populous nation: Nigeria. Some key findings revealed that: (a) media-literacy courses proper were not on the curricula; (b) media-literacy-related courses, which stood as proxies, accounted for about two per cent of the curricula; and (c) media-literacy-related courses were available to students only as electives. The present research indicates that media-literate students tend to be skilled in accessing information about their health, environment, education and work. They would also be able to evaluate media content critically and to make informed decisions as users of digital technology sources, as well as to becoming producers of media contents in their own right. Based on the accumulated skills of media literacy for contemporary young people, it was recommended that communications programmes redesign their curricula to include media literacy and related courses. Also, communication educators should be more receptive to the importance of media literacy skills in the education of their students.
Key words: Communication curricula, digital era, digital literacy, media content, media literacy, media literacy skills, Nigerian universities, students.