Media Analysis and Criticism: Readings

Media Analysis and Criticism: Readings

Developed by Rianne Subijanto, Department of Communication Studies, Baruch College, CUNY

Professor Subijanto uses documentary films as important pedagogical materials, integrating them in most of her media classes including COM 3060: Media Analysis and Criticism.

Teaching with OER

High pile of hardcover booksProfessor Subijanto was having trouble finding texts that contained recent developments in the Communications field and up-to-date case studies. The few textbooks she could find were often  monotonous, rigid, and repetitive. Because of this she usually assigns students a bricolage of reading materials usually relying heavily on journal articles. However, journal articles are usually written for scholars in the field and not necessarily for students, so the language can be filled with jargon and the content can include references to concepts/debates students are not familiar with.

Though much of her reading list still consists of non-OER journal articles,Professor Subijanto  plans to continue assigning students a mixture of reading materials that contain OER. She also plans to expand her collection of OER textbooks and chapters.


When Professor Subijanto explored OER materials, she started to find openly licensed textbooks that were up-to-date with the recent development in the field and gave an introductory overview of some of the important debates and concepts in the field, such as the University of Minnesota textbook, listed below.. She also found several publicly-available journal articles hosted by universities, such as the London School of Economics.

University of Minnesota’s Understanding Media and Culture: An Introduction to Mass Communication, Chapter 13: Economics of Mass Media

Course Artifacts

The  activities below demonstrate how Professor Subijanto integrates OER texts into her Media Analysis and Criticism course.

Activity 1: Read Understanding Media and Culture: An Introduction to Mass Communication, Chapter 13: Economics of Mass Media.

Visit the Columbia Journalism Review’s “Who Owns What?” web page:

Choose a company from the drop-down menu. Make a chart of all the company’s different media outlets and complete the following activities:

  1.     Choose two subsidiaries of the parent company and discuss how they might be able to use vertical integration to their advantage.
  2.     How might the larger corporation be using an economy of scale?
  3.     How might the company be attempting to lessen switching costs? For example, does the company offer the same content on multiple platforms in order to reach customers who may have only one of these platforms? Give an example.
  4.     How might the three founding pieces of antitrust legislation affect the company’s decisions?
  5. Use the concepts you find in section 13.5 in your explanation.

Activity 2: Read Sonia Livingstone, “Media Audiences, Interpreters and Users” This article is available publicly online through LSE website.Then watch Beyond Good and Evil after reading this article.

Faculty Information

Rianne Subijanto is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Baruch College, CUNY

Licensing Information

The approach and materials curated for the Media Analysis and Criticism course are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

OER - This resource can be used, modified, and redistributed freely.The textbook is an OER.

Openly licensed but not OER - Look out for restrictions on modification and/or redistribution.The short film from is openly licensed.

Zero cost but not OER or openly licensed - Look out for restrictions on use, modification, and/or redistribution.The readings from the Columbia Journalism Review and the London School of Economics are zero cost but not OER or openly licensed.