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JRN 245 POLITICS & MEDIA

JRN 245 – Politics and the Media

Course Outline

Course Number & Name:  JRN 245 Politics and the Media

Credit Hours:  3.0             Contact Hours:  3.0          Lecture:  3.0       Lab:  N/A             Other:  N/A

Prerequisites:  Grades of “C” or better in JRN 141, JRN 142, JRN 145 and JRN 243

Co-requisites:  None                                                      Concurrent Course:  JRN 145

Course Description:  This is a survey course that focuses on media coverage of politics, special interest groups and political parties.  Topics include analysis of media influence on politicians and advocacy groups.  These will include the use of advertising and how media messages impact voters as well as the effect political campaigns have on society and democracy.  Emphasis will be placed upon polls, focus groups and various audiences.

Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. demonstrate accurate, fair and factual oral and written communication skills in reporting, revising, covering and editing of relevant news stories acceptable by professional journalism standards;
  2. conduct effective research, interviews and evaluation of news;
  3. demonstrate knowledge of fundamental concepts and theories in the presentation of news;
  4. identify, access and apply appropriate technological and multi-media tools in writing and evaluating critical information and in layout and design of publishable news stories; and
  5. explain the historical (professional, institutions), social (diversity, cultural), economic (businesses, advertisers) perspectives, and ethical guidelines and practices that govern the journalism profession, including the legal implications and constraints that inform the profession.