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Comms 239: Principles and Philosophy of Journalism
Tuesdays, 4:00-6:30 p.m., 270 BRMB
Instructor: Dr. Dale Cressman, 306A BRMB
Office consultation hours: TBA
“The primary purpose of journalism is to provide people with the information they need to be free and self-governing.”
—Bill Kovach & Tom Rosenstiel
During this semester we will have the opportunity to together explore, discuss, analyze, and define the practice of journalism. Our class sessions will consist mostly of discussions as we try to understand role journalism plays in a democracy. This is an exciting and revolutionary time for journalists: there are many new developments that are changing the field. Thus, this class will strive to be a community of learners, where each member will contribute to another’s knowledge as we try to make sense of the current media environment. We will not arrive at necessarily any “right” answers, but we will better equip ourselves for understanding and adjusting to disruptive technologies that are sure to be encountered in the course of your journalism careers.
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