The daily posting of millions of photos on social media, the strong resonance of some magazine covers and efforts by many states to influence the visualization of their foreign military missions underline the importance of visual media analysis. This course teaches you the skills to interpret news images and related sentences, captions and headlines.
What are the possible meanings of newspaper cartoons, magazine covers or photos in the (social) media? How can the juxtaposed texts affect the meaning potential of these images? And what does it take to develop a coherent analytical framework and a decent structure for your paper? In a step by process with daily presentations, you address these questions. You write a paper in which you use a qualitative method to analyse news photos or media representations with both visual and textual elements. Interactive lectures and roundtable discussions help you prepare for the different steps in the writing process.