Digital tools in new media

Andreas Veglis George Kalliris Charalampos Dimoulas

DIM102 Digital tools in new media


About This Course

Course Description

New media refers to live and on-demand access to content anytime, anywhere, from a wide variety of digital devices, as well as interactive user feedback, creative participation and community formation around the media content. This course examines issues related to information and communication technologies with emphasis on those related to the
media industry and the new media concept. More specifically it examines the technological evolution, the digital convergence, as well as, the Internet and its services. Also, emphasis is given on digital technologies of sound and image, the new environments of audiovisual content production and consumption, along with the technologies of social networking and Web 2.0 that form the modern environment of communication and knowledge at all levels. These issues are examined from a technological perspective but also in terms of use by media professionals.

Course Objectives

  • Analyze the ICT evolution that led to the technological convergence and the New Media.
  • Distinguish the basic characteristics of New Media.
  • Understand the internet technology and services with emphasis in those that are utilized by media organizations.
  • Explain the technological evolution, the similarities and the differences between traditional, electronic, digital and New Media.
  • Comprehend the technologies and the characteristics of sound and image in digital and New Media.
  • Analyze as benchmarks best practices of New Media usage in media organizations.

Learning Outcomes

  • Define the core technologies of New Media.
  • Comprehend the special characteristics the new environments of audiovisual content production and consumption New Media.
  • Acquire the necessary technological knowledge in order to fully exploit the potential of New Media in media organizations.

Class/Learning activities

Lectures, group discussions. in-class presentations, literature study, written assignments.


Type of work Description Hours
Lectures ten 3-hour lectures 30
Case study presentations three 3-hour presentations 9
Independent study Study of compulsory and optional literature 40-45
Research Online research 35-40
Written assignments-Presentations Written assignments

  1. essay (000-5.000 words)
  2. in-class presentations
Total workload 254-284


Type of assessment Learning outcome Impact on final grade Date of assessment
Participation in group  discussion 1 10% 1st-12rd week
Mid-term exam 1-2 10% 7th week
Presentation of assignment 2-3 30% 10th-12th week
Written assignment 1-3 40% 13th week

Recommended Texts

  • Dewdney, A. (2013). The digital media handbook. London: Routledge.
  • Flew, T. (2014). New media. South Melbourne, Vic.: Oxford University Press.
  • Jeremy Hunsinger and Theresa M. Senft. 2013. The Social Media Handbook (1st ed.).
  • Routledge, New York, NY, 10001.
  • Eugenia Siapera and Andreas Veglis (eds) (2012), The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of
  • Online Journalism, Blackwell Publishing.
  • Peter Norton (2008) Introduction to Computers, McGraw Hill