COMM 439 - Seminar in Journalistic Performance
Section: 006 Gay Sheep and Unmarried America: How the Press Covers Trends and Why Sometimes They Get it so Wrong
Term: FA 2007
Subject: Communication Studies (COMM)
Department: LSA Communication Studies
Credits:
3
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

In this course, we examine an area of journalism not often discussed among journalists – but so often devoured by the general public: call it trendspotting. These are the stories that get passed around the blogosphere, top the “most emailed” list on Yahoo! and are the topic of conversation at parties – hear the story about gay sheep or the fact that 51 percent of American women are unmarried? Is Brangelina breaking up? What’s up with skirt lengths this year? These are the articles most likely to interest the broadest group of readers – much more so than stories that journalists often dream of covering, such as scandal in government or investigations into corporate crime. This course will discuss in detail why we as readers love these stories and how they help define our culture and society. We will look at how the media covers women, race and religion. We also will discuss whether coverage of fashion and celebrity trends really counts as journalism. We will discuss how journalists find these stories, why they choose the perspectives they do and how often they get trends wrong. Notably, we will explore what happens when a journalist gets “played” by publicists seeking to “place” a story about trend that is likely not real, but manufactured to the product of service of their corporate client.

COMM 439 - Seminar in Journalistic Performance
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
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11869
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1Comm St Major
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MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Section reserved for Communication Studies concentrators, meets with Comm 439.002
002 (SEM)
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20076
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MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Meets with Comm 439.001
003 (SEM)
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22537
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0
4Comm St Major
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Section reserved for Communication Studies concentrators, meets with Comm 439.004
004 (SEM)
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22538
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Meets with Comm 439.003
005 (SEM)
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22539
Closed
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6Comm St Major
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: Section reserved for Communication Studies concentrators, meets with Comm 439.006
006 (SEM)
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22832
Open
0
 
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: Meets with Comm 439.005
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