Political & Cultural Reporting

New School for Social Research: Creative Publishing

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Political & Cultural Reporting

Spring 2020

Taught By: Natasha Lennard

Section: A

CRN: 7391

Credits: 3

Far more than horse-race election coverage, the political reporting course offers students a deep dive into how current news and cultural media handle the socio-political issues that define our time. We will take a critical look at media coverage of elections, the White House and the Beltway, but will focus on issues and stories far beyond this, including race and racism, the far right and left, #Metoo and feminism, immigration, leaks and corruption, the environment, LGBTQ struggle and more. Students will gain a sense of: 1) How the media is broken up into a coverage landscape, and what this means for how issues are covered, prioritized and de-prioritized. 2) How ideas, ideologies and discourses are established, maintained and challenged in the news media. 3) The challenges to traditional journalistic forms -- reliant on "news events" and "two-sides" objectivity -- posed by structural, ongoing problems like racism, inequality and environmental degradation. 4) Site visits to (and guest speakers from) major media institutions both traditional and new, from The New York Times, to Buzzfeed, to Vice, will offer students direct access to the professionals currently covering the issues we discuss. 4) As well as developing critical awareness, we will work together to think about possible solutions or ameliorations -- as such, students will develop the sort of ideas that will make them appealing candidates for an industry struggling to situate itself and ethically address some of today's crucial socio-political issues.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Creative Publishing (GPUB)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 9, 2020 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 12, 2020 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 1:55pm 1/26/2020 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 1004

Date Range: 1/27/2020 - 5/11/2020