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The Media Student's Book By Roy Stafford

The Media Student's Book
by Roy Stafford

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From "CSI: Miami" to the "Ring Cycle" and reality TV, this book contains chapters that are all supported by case studies which cover every key topic in the area. It is divided into four parts studying key concepts, media practices, and media debates, and also provides resources in the final reference section.
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The Media Student's Book by Roy Stafford

Available in colour for the first time, thoroughly revised, re-ordered and completely updated with recent examples and expanded coverage of current issues, this fourth edition is a must-have introduction to media studies.

The chapters are all supported by case studies which cover every key topic in the field, from CSI: Miami to the Ring Cycle and reality TV. The book is divided into four parts studying key concepts; media practices; media debates; and providing rich resources in the final reference section.

Stimulating and easy to use, The Media Student's Book includes:

  • marginal terms, definitions, references and jokes, all allied to a full glossary
  • follow-up activities, suggestions for further reading, useful websites and a companion support website at
  • references and examples from advertising, TV, films, radio, newspapers, photography and the internet.

Written by two leading teaching figures in the field, this book undoubtedly lives up to its reputation as the finest resource available to all media studies students.

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The Media Student's Book Reviews

'The best introduction I know to media studies with an extraordinary range of examples and highly effective suggestions for student activity. Brilliantly updated, making great use of web resources, the new sections on migration, J-horror movies, CSI and free markets show how cleverly the authors take the pulse of media culture.'

-Christine Geraghty, University of Glasgow

'A wonderful teaching tool.' Ralph Beliveau, University of Oklahoma

'Brilliantly conceived and executed, this is simply the best introduction to media studies we have.' - Toby Miller, University of New York

'An indispensable text which no A Level or first year undergraduate student of media studies and communication studies can afford to ignore.' - Andrew Beck, Chief Examiner A Level Media Studies

'This is a model textbook, one which never stops encouraging its readers to go further, to develop their own ideas through independent thought and study. It is very attractively presented and accessibly written but it never talks down - or dumbs down. A wide range of important terms, concepts and approaches are introduced to students without any skating over of complexities and difficulties, and their importance is demonstrated through actual case-studies. But most of all it is the intellectual excitement that the book conveys and transmits to readers that makes it such an invaluable learning resource.' - Professor Jeremy Hawthorn, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

'I plan to adopt the Media Student's Book for my Upper Sixth students doing the AQA exam and welcome the fact that the book is pitched at a higher level than other available texts. The layout matches very well with areas studied in the A Level exam. I found the examples used and detail on theoretical background to media studies very useful.'

Tom Kavanagh, HOD Drama/Media Department, St Malachy's College, Belfast

About Roy Stafford

Gill Branston is a Senior Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University. Roy Stafford is a freelance lecturer, writer and examiner in media education and training.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Key Concepts 1. Interpreting Media. Case Study: Ways of Interpreting 2. Narratives. Case Study: CSI: Miami and Crime Fiction 3. Genres and Other Classifications. Case Study: J-Horror and the 'Ring Cycle' 4. Institutions. Case Study: Television as Institution 5. Questions of Representation. Case Study: Images of Migration 6. Ideologies and Power. Case Study: News 7. Industries. Case Study: The Major Players in the Media Industries Case Study: The Music Industry, Technology and Synergy 8. Audiences. Case Study: Selling Audiences 9. Advertising and Branding. Case Study: Celebrity, Stardom and Marketing Part 2: Media Practices 10. Research. Case Study: Researching Mobile Phone Technologies 11. Production Organisation 12. Production Techniques 13. Distribution. Case Study: Contemporary British Cinema Part 3: Media Debates 14. Documentary and `Reality TV' 15. Whose Globalisation? 16. 'Free Choices' in a 'Free Market'? Part 4: Reference

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The Media Student's Book by Roy Stafford
Roy Stafford
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