All the News That's Fit to Post: Issues for Content Creators in the New Global News World|
Spring 2015 not offered
Journalists operate today in an increasingly global and digital media environment, confronting new challenges and seizing new opportunities. The pace of change is unprecedented. Focusing on global news journalism, we will explore ethical, legal, and professional judgments impacting content and its distribution platforms. We will focus on threshold dilemmas including reputation and privacy rights; who is a journalist; relying on and protecting anonymous sources; fact vs. opinion; aggregation; the risks and rewards of global interconnectivity; the critical multifaceted global roles of Google, Twitter, Facebook; the enabling or oppressing power of governments; and sustaining and building an independent free press in the United States and globally. We will explore all issues through an international lens. The seminar will include real-life case studies from Newsweek, newsweek.com, and MSNBC. The seminar will be of interest to students considering careers in journalism, media, communications law and regulation, and work in the civil society and advocacy communities.
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The seminar will be informed by weekly reading assignments of a diverse mix of resource materials emphasizing current long form analytic articles, newspaper and online articles, think tank reports and studies, and video clips ( all available on line) . The following books will also be part of the core required readings:
Lee C. Bollinger, UNINHIBITED, ROBUST AND WIDE-OPEN: A FREE PRESS FOR A NEW CENTURY, (Oxford University Press, 2010).
D.E. Boeyink and S.L. Borden, MAKING HARD CHOICES IN JOURNALISM ETHICS: CASES AND PRACTICE (Rout ledge, 2010) (Reference for "ethical" case studies cited).
Anthony Lewis, FREEDOM FOR THE THOUGHT THAT WE HATE, (Basic/Perseus Books, 2007).
Rebecca MacKinnon, CONSENT OF THE NETWORKED: THE WORLDWIDE STRUGGLE FOR INTERNET FREEDOM, (Basic/Perseus Books 2012).
Norman Pearlstine, OFF THE RECORD: THE PRESS, THE GOVERNMENT AND THE WAR ON ANONYMOUS SOURCES, (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007).
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The seminar will have no examinations but grading will be based on the following: (i) class interaction and participation (ii) two persuasive essays (3 to 4 pages each) and related class discussion leadership (iii) a final longer form research paper (7 to ten pages) and (iv) participation in a collaborative team exercise.
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