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JRN/350

Controversial Issues in Journalism

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Take this course on its own, or as part of a degree or certificate program.

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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.

Please Note: Attendance and participation are mandatory in all University courses, and specific requirements may differ by course. If attendance requirements are not met, a student may be removed from the course. Please review the Course Attendance Policy in the Catalog for more information.

University of Phoenix reserves the right to modify courses. While widely available, not all programs are available to residents of all states. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative.

What you'll learn

Course skills and outcomes

  • Define the characteristics of controversial issues in journalism.
  • Explain the role of controversial issues in journalism.
  • Identify examples of controversial issues.
  • Analyze controversial Issues in journalism and their characteristics.

  • Define the role of the journalist's responsibility and accountability in responding to controversial issues.
  • Determine the relationship between the journalist and responsible delivery of information to the general public.
  • Assess the effects of persuasion between a journalist and the consumer.
  • Analyze the role that conflict plays in reporting controversial issues.

  • Identify the availability of information on the internet.
  • Explain the significance of immediate news media delivery on culture.
  • Explain how technology has influenced the field of journalism.

  • Identify the current trends in social media, i.e. social networking, blogging, etc., with respect to controversial issues.
  • Describe impact of social media’s influence on the role of the journalist and news information.
  • Analyze how journalists and media organizations cover controversial issues using social media.

  • Identify ethical and legal considerations within controversial issues in the field of journalism.
  • Describe the importance of ethical and legal compliance as pertaining to controversial issues in journalism.

Why UOPX

Why take courses at University of Phoenix

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We’ve been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org) for more than 40 years.

Real-world instructors

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

Affordable and potentially reimbursable

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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The University of Phoenix reserves the right to modify courses. Although our continuing teacher education courses are accepted by some state agencies in the United States toward teacher certifications and endorsements, this may not be the case in all states or foreign jurisdictions. If you plan to use courses for certification or endorsement, please check with your own state agency and your school district for applicability. Continuing teacher education courses are not eligible to apply to degree programs at University of Phoenix. These courses are not eligible for federal financial aid. Transferability of credit is at the discretion of the receiving institution. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm whether or not credits earned at University of Phoenix will be accepted by another institution of the student’s choice. While widely available, not all programs are available to residents of all states. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative. If you have a question contact us at (866) 354-1800.