COMM 439 - Seminar in Journalistic Performance
Fall 2016, Section 001 - Investigative Journalism and Social Change
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is (see other Sections below)
Subject: Communication and Media (COMM)
Department: LSA Communication and Media
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Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
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.
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Investigative journalism has historically provided essential checks and balances on government and corporate power in a democracy. 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 the national 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 social impact. What are the often unspoken value assumptions behind journalists' decisions within a story? How do both political activists and their opponents seek to use the press to shift public opinion? Is it possible for journalists to be unbiased? And, perhaps most importantly, where do we go from here?

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COMM 439 - Seminar in Journalistic Performance
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001 (REC)
 In Person
6Jr or Sr
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Note: Section reserved for declared Communication Studies majors until 4/15/2016.
002 (REC)
 In Person
19Jr or Sr
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: Section reserved for declared Communication Studies majors until 4/15/2016.

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