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Critical Perspectives in Journalism

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Course Number: 
COMM 339 920


Course Description: 

Journalists and the role of journalism in democratic societies is frequently in the headlines and of increasing importance to our national debate. This course will draw from the headlines and key scholars to provide undergraduate students with a critical understanding of and orientation toward journalism. Students will read theoretical selections and commentary by and about journalists. Students will analyze and contextualize readings related to current events. Specific attention will be paid to the changing roles of journalists amidst significant technological and political change. A comparative lens of journalism in different cultural contexts will also occur. Students will engage with different models of journalistic practice; changing norms, values, sourcing practices; and journalism ethics. Class will comprise of lecture, discussion, and engagement with various forms of news media, including articles and documentaries. The majority of class will be a structured seminar in which students will discuss the required readings within the context of current events and the overarching context of the class. Students should come to each class prepared to discuss, ask questions, and engage in constructive ways with their fellow students and their instructor. 

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