Analysis of news and information. Development of news literacy skills to evaluate sources, bias, opinion, transparency and other attributes. First Amendment, culture of journalism, participatory media and democracy.
Journalism Majors: Elective
Non-majors: Upper-division GE Social Sciences
Information Competency | Writing Intensive
Recommended preparatory course: Jour100 or equivalent
Service Learning and Civic Engagement: During Fall 2020, students virtually collaborated with NewseumED/Freedom Forum Institute in Washington, D.C. to apply the knowledge and skills they learn in the course to solve real-world problems. Students facilitated a Disinformation Teach-In and developed Student Voice projects to raise awareness about news literacy. These projects continued the service-learning partnership begun in Fall 2018 when Jour365 students facilitated a California Voter Forum to inform the campus community about the mid-term election candidates and issues. Check out the California Voter Forum and Student Voice projects from Fall 2018 and Spring/Fall 2019. While we are not collaborating with NewseumED this semester, we will participate in a webinar.
Overall Learning Goal: Students will learn to empower themselves with critical thinking skills to cope with the barrage of news and information in the hyper-connected media ecosystem of print, broadcast, digital and social media. Special attention on the role of the First Amendment and the Fourth Estate in a digital democracy, and the responsibility of citizens to keep informed and actively participate in the democratic process in American society.