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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. Find out more about our department and everything that our amazing students are doing by liking the COMS Facebook page.

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.

What are the transferrable skills I will gain after obtaining a COMS undergraduate degree?

  • communication
  • collaboration
  • problem-solving
  • organisation
  • informational literacy
  • analytical thinking
  • cultural competence  
  • critical engagement
  • applying technology

News and Announcements

Recent News about UC COMS

15th December 2014

Semiu Bello, PhD student in Media and Communication, had his paper titled "The concept of health communication, converging points and key issues: Towards a more informed populace" accepted for publication in Media and Communication Review.

21 November 2014

Dr. Zita Joyce was Guest Editor for a recently published edition of MEDIANZ: Media Studies Journal of Aotearoa New Zealand.  This was a special issue of the journal, titled "Mediatization of the Canterbury Earthquakes."  It has important work from Kris Vavasour (2011 UC COMS Honours Graduate) and our recent PhD graduate, Sean Scanlon, as well as many other New Zealand scholars.

Media and Communication Research Seminars

Media and Communication Research Seminars are held on most Tuesdays in Room 611A, Locke Building from 12:00pm - 1:00pm. Absolutely everyone is welcome.  Information about recent COMS research seminars can be found here.

Recent Publications from UC COMS faculty

  • Bahador, B., Kemp, G., McMillan, K. and Rudd, C. (Ed.) (2013) Politics and the Media. Auckland: Pearson. 285.
  • Kenix, L. J. (In press, 2015). Culture as constitutive: An exploration of audience and journalist perceptions of journalism in Samoa. Communication, Culture & Critique, 8, 2.
  • Kenix, L. J. (2014). The influence of ownership on independent and conglomerate community newspaper websites. Newspaper Research Journal, 35, 2 (Spring), 24-39.
  • 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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1464884914525557
  • Kenix, L.J. (2013) A converging image? Commercialism and the visual identity of alternative and mainstream news websites. Journalism Studies 14(6): 835-856. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1461670X.2012.754239
  • 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. http://dx.doi.org/10.7763/IJSSH.2013.V3.237.
  • 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.http://www.pjreview.info/volume-19/issue-1
  • 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.http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415886031
  • Ross, T. (2013) '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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1369183X.2013.831547.
  • Ross, T. (2013) Inclusive Journalism. In G. Hannis (Ed.), Intro: A beginner's guide to journalism in 21st-century Aotearoa/New Zealand: 62-74. Wellington: New Zealand Journalists Training Organisation.