COMM 261 - Views on the News: What Shapes our Media Content
Fall 2022, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Communication and Media (COMM)
Department: LSA Communication and Media
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Requirements & Distribution:
Enforced Prerequisites:
COMM 102 (completed with a minimum grade of C or better).
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course offers an in-depth examination of the role of journalism and news in our society. During the semester we will focus on how news differs from other types of information we encounter. We will learn how news is made and think about how the news we see is shaped by multiple individual, organizational, political, economic, or technical factors, many of which are unseen. The course will emphasize how technological changes have altered not only how audiences receive and engage news but also how journalists conduct their work. We will discuss the importance of having a free and open press in a democratic society. The goals for this course are to better understand what news is, why it is important, and to think critically about the role of journalism in our society and in your own life.

Required Texts:

Bennett, W. Lance. (2016). News: The Politics of Illusion. (10th ed.) University of Chicago Press. ISBN: 978-0226344867

Anderson, C.W., Downie, L., & Schudson, M. (2016). The News Media: What Everyone Needs to Know. Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0190206208


COMM 261 - Views on the News: What Shapes our Media Content
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (DIS)
 In Person
W 4:00PM - 5:00PM
003 (DIS)
 In Person
W 5:00PM - 6:00PM
004 (DIS)
 In Person
W 6:00PM - 7:00PM

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