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Controversial Issues in Journalism


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Course level: Upper Division

This course examines the rise of social media and the immediacy in which controversial issues are communicated in journalism. This course focuses on developing the writer/reporter’s ability to critically examine and react to specific media elements, including public opinion, trends, celebrity commentary, and the public’s need to know. Emphasis is placed on understanding the nature and characteristics of thought-provoking mass media occurrences. Concepts of idea generation and storytelling in an ethical and personally responsible manner are highlighted.

What you'll learn

Course skills and outcomes

Introduction to Controversial Issues

The Roles and Responsibilities of the Journalist

Technology Access to Information

Trends in Reporting Controversial Issues

Ethical and Legal Issues


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Learn from instructors who bring an average of 25 years of working experience to the classroom.

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Our tuition and fees are competitive and fixed. Also, check to see if your employer will cover you for this course.

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