COMM 439 - Seminar in Journalistic Performance
Section: 001 Rebel Reporters: Investigative Journalism and Social Change
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Communication Studies (COMM)
Department: LSA Communication Studies
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of department.
Advisory Prerequisites:
COMM 261 strongly recommended.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

Investigative journalists have historically provided essential checks and balances on government and corporate power in democracies. These rebel reporters have exposed issues such as human rights abuses, environmental pollution, and political corruption, prompting widespread public policy reforms. Yet as print and digital newsrooms face continuing budget cuts, investigative reporting is rapidly changing. This course explores the role and responsibility of journalists in shaping public dialogue on social issues. We examine how this role has evolved in the United States, from Upton Sinclair and Nellie Bly to BuzzFeed and VICE. Throughout, we discuss the qualities and techniques of investigative reporting, and assess their impact on the law, policy, and social change. How do both political advocates and policymakers seek to use the press to shift public opinion? What are the often unspoken value assumptions behind the decisions of journalists and media outlets? In the age of "fake news," how do we critically evaluate the newsworthiness and accuracy of reporting? Should journalists return to their historical roots as advocates of social and political change, aspire to remain neutral, or evolve into something else? And, perhaps most importantly, where do we go from here?

COMM 439 - Seminar in Journalistic Performance
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
5Jr or Sr
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Note: Section reserved for declared Communication Studies majors until 12/14/17.
002 (SEM)
3Jr or Sr
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: Section reserved for declared Communication Studies majors until 12/14/17.
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