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Media and Communication

Media and Communication as a subject of study examines the influence and impact of the media and new information technologies. It is designed to provide students with an understanding of how communication and media work and how they work within the broader context of society. It draws on both the arts and social sciences, and the degree develops a wide range of critical thinking, writing and research skills.

From the uprisings in Ukraine and the Middle East, to your relationship with friends on Snapchat, media are changing the world. Be a part of understanding these profound societal shifts and start your studies with the Media and Communication at the University of Canterbury.

Why Study COMS at Canterbury?

The University of Canterbury’s Media and Communication programme is the most international programme of its kind in the country.  With academic staff from North America, Europe, Africa and the Asia-Pacific regions, we bring international perspectives and knowledge, which will help you succeed in the global marketplace after graduation.
As a student in the department, you will gain knowledge and skills that will last a lifetime.  Our recent graduates are employed in a variety of fields including journalism and the media, business, government and the academy.

COMS is also actively engaged in placing 2nd and 3rd year students into Arts internships where they gain practical experience in the field of media and communication. Our best students receive an integrated capstone undergraduate internship experience that brings together their academic work into a professional project, which they can draw upon to transition into the workplace.  As an example, RDU internships run in semester one and two each year. The students are now producing their radio shows from a broadcast studio on campus, established by RDU and the Media and Communication Department on the ground floor of the Locke Building. Tune in to hear more of our students’ news at RDU.

Find out more about how to build COMS into your degree.

News and Announcements

Recent News about UC COMS

Congratulations to PhD student Shao Wei who has won $3000 from InternetNZ’s internet research funding round for her work on the management of convergence in New Zealand and Chinese newsrooms.

QS World University Rankings just named the Media and Communication department, the best in New Zealand for our subject area. This is a wonderful honour and another great reason to study Media and Communication at the University of Canterbury.

Recent and Upcoming Seminars

Assoc Prof Verica Rupar (AUT University) and Lincoln Tan (Senior Reporter, New Zealand Herald) are giving  a public seminar titled, "Does journalism contribute to a more inclusive society?" This important seminar will be at 7:30pm on Thursday, 10 April in the Business & Law Building, Room 105.

Dr. Eric Meyers, a visiting Erskine Scholar from the Oxford Internet Institute, presents 'Computer Programming for the Arts Graduate: To what extent is being able to code part of literacy in the digital world?' on 1 April in Kirkwood KE07 from 10-11. 

Dr. Eric Meyers, a visiting Erskine Scholar from the Oxford Internet Institute, presents 'Digital Ethnography' on 5 March in Psych-Soc 213 from 9-11. 

Media and Communication Research ChatsRecent and Upcoming Media and Communication Research Chats

Media and Communication Research Chats are held on alternating Wednesdays in Room 611A, Locke Building from 11:00am - 12:00pm. Everyone is welcome.

Sumaiya Nasir (MA student) will be presenting, "Finding voice through social media?: A critical analysis of women’s participation in the online public sphere in India" on 14 May at 11am in Locke 611A.

Previous Research Chats

Recent Publications

  • Bahador, B., Kemp, G., McMillan, K. and Rudd, C. (Ed.) (2013) Politics and the Media. Auckland: Pearson. 285.
  • Kenix, L.J. (In press, early access) You are either with us or with us: Constructing Samoan national identity through inclusion at the Samoa Observer. Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism.
  • Kenix, L.J. (2013) A converging image? Commercialism and the visual identity of alternative and mainstream news websites. Journalism Studies 14(6): 835-856.
  • Kenix, L.J. (2013) The influence of local culture on the ideology of Samoan journalism. International Journal of Social Science and Humanity 3(3): 246-250.
  • Matheson, D. (2014) History of Citizen Journalism. In Moy, P. (Ed.), Oxford Bibliographies in Communication: [web]. New York: Oxford University Press. 
  • Xin, J. and Matheson, D. (2013) The emerging practices of Chinese web journalism during the Beijing Olympics: A textual comparison with Western news sites. Pacific Journalism Review 19(1): 221-243.
  • Matheson, D. (2013) The power of online politics. In C. Rudd, G. Kemp, K. McMillan and B. Bahador (Ed.), Politics and the media: 132-144. Auckland: Pearson. 
  • Allan, S. and Matheson, D. (2013) War reporting in a digital age. In K. Orton-Johnson and N. Prior (Ed.), Digital sociology: Critical perspectives: 151-168. London: Palgrave Macmillan. 
  • Musa, M. (2013) The political economy of football viewership in Africa. In J. Scherer and D. Rowe (Ed.), Sport, Public Broadcasting, and Cultural Citizenship: Signal Lost?: 263-282. New York: Routledge.
  • Ross, T. (In press) 'Telling the brown stories': an examination of identity in the ethnic media of multi-generational immigrant communities. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies: 1-16.