Day(s): Wed 4:55p - 6:10p
Location: 20 Cooper Square, room 659
Course ID: JOUR-UA 501, Section 004
Journalism and Prospective Journalism Majors
This course is for the serious: In this gateway to the journalism major, you will explore the significance of news and the role of the journalist from Thucydides to now. Expect to engage deeply with the news and events that shape our understanding of the journalist's primary role and continuing challenges. Expect to be challenged in the writing of six journalistic essays, built on well-supported, well-researched arguments, ranging in length from 600 to 2,500 words. The form will likely be new to you and perhaps vexing, but will prepare you well for the reporting courses to follow. The readings, lectures and guest appearances examine the historical and changing role of the journalist as democracy's watchdog. The aim is an immersion experience in the mission and romance of journalism as a profession, indeed a calling, as well as exposure to the realities journalists now face in this rapidly changing media environment.
Students must register for the lectures and one of the recitation sections. Please be advised that attendance at both lectures each week and your recitation section is mandatory. Expect stringent grading. The pace of the course precludes late admits