Exploring the Media: Second Edition (paperback) – Barbara Connell (ed.)

288pp   £19.99      ISBN: 978-1-906733-47-6   2010


Review of the First Edition:

“This stylishly designed and attractive textbook… offers a complete student-centred course… There is a wealth of well-researched and informative material here… the voice throughout is engaging and well-pitched. I’d suggest investing in half-a-dozen copies for the library or the department and encouraging students to buy their own copy.” Jenny Grahame, PoV Magazine

Written by highly experienced Media Studies teachers and examiners, the revised and greatly expanded Second Edition of Exploring the Media explores key concepts and develops students’ analytical, research and production skills. Each chapter advances the students’ knowledge and understanding through a series of developmental assignments and a variety of approaches.

Key features of Exploring the Media include:

  • Approaches to the key concepts of Media Studies using a range of different media forms and platforms as exemplar.
  • Investigating and researching: practical advice on developing research skills.
  • A wide selection of industry case studies – including television, film, computer games, advertising and magazines – all of which have been revised and updated for this Second Edition and featuring such media texts as The Dark Knight, The Wire, Total Film magazine and DJ Hero. Entirely new for this Second Edition are case studies on the music industry (featuring Beyoncé, Marilyn Manson and The Beatles), newspapers (The Guardian, The Sun) and radio.
  • An entirely re-written section on creating and evaluating your own media products.


Barbara Connell is the Subject Leader for Media Studies at Coleg Glan Hafren in Cardiff, Wales, and Chief Examiner for WJEC Media Studies, AS/A Level.

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