LLSJ

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Ethics and History of Journalism

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Journalism & Design

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Ethics&History:Facts/AltFact

Fall 2021

Taught By: Liesl Schillinger

Section: AX

CRN: 3067

Credits: 4

ETHICS & HISTORY IN JOURNALISM: FACTS/ALTERNATIVE FACTSWhat is “fake news?” How does it differ from “real” news; and how can you ensure your own writing is accurate? This hybrid course blends lessons in political philosophy, history and communications with practical journalistic instruction ­to prepare the next generation of journalists to safeguard the truth—and their own careers—at a time when press freedom is under unprecedented attack. Students will read excerpts and articles that address the importance of freedom of speech and of the press, and explore past and present threats to those freedoms, interpolating the readings with current headline news. The texts range from the origins of our democracy and Constitution to the rise of broadcast media, digital media and the alt-right; from the First Amendment and Tocqueville’s vision of America to Watergate and the social-media assisted Russian hack of the 2016 election. Students will also read chapters from the novels 1984, by George Orwell, and Bright Lights Big City, by Jay McInerney, exploring how the fictional uses and abuses of the fact-checking profession reflect present realities; and they will receive a primer in how to fact check, using the methods of The New Yorker magazine's renowned checking department. Distinguished professional fact checkers and media figures will visit the class to share their expertise. The two-fold goal of the course is to deepen students’ understanding of the power of fact in society, and to increase their ability to control the accuracy of their own work.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Journalism & Design (LLSJ)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 13, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 21, 2021 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* 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: 3:36am 9/21/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 465

Date Range: 8/30/2021 - 12/13/2021

Ethics & History of Journalism

Fall 2021

Taught By: Anjali Khosla

Section: B

CRN: 3261

Credits: 4

[subject]This course situates contemporary U.S. journalism in its historical context and grounds students in the fundamental ethical principles of the discipline. Students will examine the role that journalism plays as a check on power in a democratic system, looking at times when the profession has succeeded or failed in that goal. Readings and discussions will focus on critical episodes in media history, from the Zenger trial and the rise of professional news-gathering to the Pentagon Papers and current challenges to a free press. Students will also examine the impact of disruptive technologies like radio, television and the Internet, and will be introduced to some of the profession’s greatest American practitioners, including Edward R. Murrow, Woodward and Bernstein, Ida B. Wells, and Ida Tarbell. Case studies involving ethical dilemmas in journalism will be presented for class discussion and debate, such as concepts like objectivity and independence and addressing biases based on factors like gender, religion, political party, or race.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Journalism & Design (LLSJ)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 13, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 21, 2021 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* 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: 3:36am 9/21/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 12:00pm - 1:40pm

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 464

Date Range: 8/31/2021 - 12/16/2021

Ethics & History of Journalism

Spring 2021

Taught By: Heather Chaplin

Section: AX

CRN: 2710

Credits: 4

[subject] This course situates contemporary U.S. journalism in its historical context and grounds students in the fundamental ethical principles of the discipline. Students will examine the role that journalism plays as a check on power in a democratic system, looking at times when the profession has succeeded or failed in that goal. Readings and discussions will focus on critical episodes in media history, from the Zenger trial and the rise of professional news-gathering to the Pentagon Papers and current challenges to a free press. Students will also examine the impact of disruptive technologies like radio, television and the Internet, and will be introduced to some of the profession’s greatest American practitioners, including Edward R. Murrow, Woodward and Bernstein, Ida B. Wells, and Ida Tarbell. Case studies involving ethical dilemmas in journalism will be presented for class discussion and debate, such as concepts like objectivity and independence and addressing biases based on factors like gender, religion, political party, or race.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Journalism & Design (LLSJ)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 21

Add/Drop Deadline: February 7, 2021 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 14, 2021 (Wednesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* 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: 12:55am 7/1/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 9:00am - 11:40am

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 1/25/2021 - 5/10/2021

Ethics & History of Journalism

Spring 2021

Taught By: Susan Stellin

Section: BX

CRN: 3034

Credits: 4

[subject] This course situates contemporary U.S. journalism in its historical context and grounds students in the fundamental ethical principles of the discipline. Students will examine the role that journalism plays as a check on power in a democratic system, looking at times when the profession has succeeded or failed in that goal. Readings and discussions will focus on critical episodes in media history, from the Zenger trial and the rise of professional news-gathering to the Pentagon Papers and current challenges to a free press. Students will also examine the impact of disruptive technologies like radio, television and the Internet, and will be introduced to some of the profession’s greatest American practitioners, including Edward R. Murrow, Woodward and Bernstein, Ida B. Wells, and Ida Tarbell. Case studies involving ethical dilemmas in journalism will be presented for class discussion and debate, such as concepts like objectivity and independence and addressing biases based on factors like gender, religion, political party, or race. This course is required for J+D majors and is also well suited for students interested in the minor, who worked on their high school newspaper or are avid media consumers.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Journalism & Design (LLSJ)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 21

Add/Drop Deadline: February 7, 2021 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 14, 2021 (Wednesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* 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: 12:55am 7/1/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 7:00pm - 9:40pm

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 1/25/2021 - 5/10/2021