Master Meetings

Have you decided on which Master programme to study? Would you like more information on the contents and teaching methods at USI? Register at our Master Meetings to attend courses.
The various Master Meetings offer you the opportunity to follow lectures together with the current master students. Guided by a USI student, you can visit the campus and make up your mind as to whether the contents correspond to your study ambitions.

Registration is compulsory. Please register online.


MSc in Media Management

13:30 - 15:15
321, Main Building


Newsroom Management and Economics of Journalism

Dr. Philip Di Salvo


Journalism and the mainstream media have become highly commercial activities in Western democracies, many of them struggling for survival and even public TV and radio can hardly escape from the developments on the market place. The past ten years, in particular, have been characterized by a huge economical crisis that has impacted harshly on media companies and newsrooms. Despite this complex and challenging scenario, this period was also a time of innovation and many companies and news outlets experimented new editorial and financial strategies. In parallel, new challenges arose in the relationship between journalism and technology, in particular when it comes to the role of big digital platforms, disinformation and power distribution on the Internet. The course participants will explore strategies to secure and improve journalistic quality and some of the most innovative approaches to the economics of journalism and its future.

15:30 - 17:15
321, Main Building

The Network Society

Prof. Katharina Lobinger


Digital technologies, networked communication and online platforms have transformed how we interact with each other, how media companies operate, how knowledge and content is produced and distributed, and how decision-making is organized. But what does actually change when contents are searched and shared online? And what do authors talk about when they describe the implications of datafication, algorithmization or the platformization for e.g. news use, the visibility of actors or media regulation? In order to understand the role of media technologies and of ICTs in current societies, in this course the following topics are discussed: characteristics and functions of networked communication, platforms and current platform ecosystem; content moderation; the role of algorithms and algorithmic choices; the role of personal public spheres; search engines and knowledge production and the role of data and datafication.

The main aim of the course is the development of critical-analytical skills that are necessary

  • to understand trends and changes in current media environments and media economies


  • to critically assess academic and media discourses about these shifts.

Moreover, the course contributes to the development of scientific writing skills.