COMM 439 - Seminar in Journalistic Performance
Fall 2016, Section 002 - Terrorist or Freedom Fighter? Defining Whistleblowers Post 9/11
Instruction Mode: Section 002 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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Does Edward Snowden’s release of classified government documents—including evidence of numerous global surveillance programs—make him a traitor or a hero? Regardless of how you feel, modern whistleblowers have profoundly shaped public discourse, media law, and government policy. This course investigates the role and treatment of whistleblowers in a democracy. We ground our discussion in historic whistleblower cases, such as Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers, and juxtapose them with modern cases such as Edward Snowden, Wikileaks, Chelsea Manning, and the hacker group Anonymous. We evaluate how public perception of whistleblowers has changed over time, and whether the whistleblower's identity shapes their public treatment. For instance, are female whistleblowers, such as Sibel Edmonds and Coleen Rowley, and people of color, such as Marsha Coleman-Adebayo and immigrant farmworkers, treated differently in the press and in the courts? Why are some whistleblowers praised, while others are labeled as “terrorists”? And, finally, how has digital technology shaped how information is leaked, and how journalists and the public respond?

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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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