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J1111 – 001: Journalism & Society Temple University • Fall 2010 Tuesday and Thursday 9:30 am – 10:50 Anderson Hall 17 http://J1111.blogspot.com Instructor: George Miller [email protected] or 215/ 204-3057 Office: Annenberg Hall 309 Office hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 to 12:30; Mondays by appointment (email to arrange). Teaching assistants: Kathryn Beardsley -- [email protected] Jared Brey - [email protected] Jaehyeon Jeong - [email protected] Chad Sims - [email protected] The course and objective: The news media are essential to informing us of the world out there, especially since much of the world is beyond our direct experience. Ideally, they tell us what happened, why it happened, what the consequences are and how it fits into a larger context. The purpose of this course is to acquaint you with concepts and functions of journalism and the related industries of advertising and public relations in American society. Students will gain knowledge about the history, economics and structure of these industries, focusing on how mass media content is determined and disseminated. We will explore underlying values associated with journalism, relationships among journalism and other social institutions, and current issues facing journalists. By the end of the course, you will have developed familiarity with how journalism works as well as some perspective on how well (or not) journalism performs its function in American society. *** The main goal is to help you become a more critical consumer and producer of media content. *** This is not a journalistic writing or production class. The course is structured in a way to encourage you to sharpen your critical-thinking skills as you examine and assess the mass media. Lectures usually will complement, not duplicate, reading assignments. With so much to cover in 15 weeks, lecture time is needed to provide an historical or a societal context for course material. Student involvement is essential. Your ideas are important, but your opinions are only as strong as the evidence you offer to support those beliefs. This is certainly true for written assignments in this class, where authoritative support is needed to reinforce your opinions. Textbooks : (All are available in the Temple bookstore or online) Vivian, John. (2008). The Media of Mass Communication, 8 th edition . Boston: Allyn & Bacon Kovach, Bill, & Rosenstiel, Tom. (2007). The Elements of journalism: What newspeople should know and the public should expect . New York: Three Rivers Press. Attendance: University policy assumes that students attend classes in which they’re enrolled. That’s true in this class, too. Your attendance at lectures is essential. While the lecture slides will be posted on Blackboard, any additional material, such as examples, or videos will not be available except in lecture. If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to get notes from a fellow student. Neither the TAs nor I will provide further notes to you.
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