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JOUR 501 Investigating Journalism

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    MitchStephens, AdamPenenberg, Bazzi, MohammadBazzi, Clay, Mitchell Stephens
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    Great Intro to the Subject

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    Always Do the Reading

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    Mar 02, 2017
    | No strong feelings either way.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    Professor Stephens does a very good job of giving us a general overview of the history of journalism, its alterations, its impact, and how it affects us today. It's a class to take if you're willing to learn the nuances of the history of journalism and why it is the way it is today. Since it's an introductory course to journalism, there isn't a great amount of focus on reporting or writing itself, although there is a final research report project that requires a lot of effort on your part. The TAs were absolutely lovely and Professor Stephens himself is very funny and makes an effort to keep things relevant. He doesn't shy away from challenging your perceptions and is determined to ask challenging questions for you to truly understand the art of journalism itself.

    Course highlights:

    The highlights of this course were- 1. Not too much work. Honestly, he gives you a lot of time, and the bare minimum. He gradually increases work, but it's still very little compared to other classes. I could do the work in 30 minutes, with almost no effort, in another class if I'd been irresponsible and had forgotten to do it. Can't stress this enough, really easy work. 2. Super interesting reading. DO the reading, just for your own sake, if not for the class. The reading is more substantial than the assignments. I found an incredible wealth of material that related to my other classes due to the sheer diversity of what we delved into and was able to connect seemingly unconnected classes to have a wholesome semester. 3. Relevant, nuanced, intelligent opinions about journalism. In the current political climate, this is a very important skill to have. It is important to know how to criticize the media and when to do it. Taking this course made me realize I'm doing it needlessly in the wrong areas. REAL media critique and acknowledgment​ of a job well-done starts from the information this class will arm you with.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    1. Do the reading before the semester begins if you can. If not all of it, then only the books he assigns because some of them are pretty big and you will not be able to read them through the semester in their entirety. He randomly quizzes you on the readings. 2. Take extensive notes on his slides. He doesn't share them and he moves really quick. Use laptops and listen to his commentary on the readings because his commentary is what he will base his questions on in the midterm, so you can't make stuff up. 3. Be friends with your TA! They really do help. Don't irritate them, ask for help and don't be a problem student. Having a conducive relationship with my TA helped me when I needed to take a break from the class for personal reasons. This is applicable to all classes that have TAs, but it's important to know. Be a nice person!

    • Fall 2016
    • Mitchell Stephens
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Many Small Assignments
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    Jan 13, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Professor Stephens makes a massive lecture hall class feel intimate – he knows his craft well, but doesn't resort to esoteric teaching or boring lectures. Class is a conversation.

    Course highlights:

    The course requires a lot of reading, but it all feels applicable. We studied the history of journalism, its purpose, and the changes its going through in the current era.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Make sure you read! Talk to your TA or the Professor – they genuinely want to help.

    • Fall 2016
    • MitchStephens
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    • Great Intro to the Subject Many Small Assignments Final Paper

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