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 will virtually collaborate with NewseumED in Washington, DC to apply the knowledge and skills they learn in the course to solve real-world problems. This project continues the service-learning partnership begun in Fall 2018 when Jour365 students facilitated a California Voter Forum to inform their peers about the mid-term election candidates and issues and created Student Voice projects to raise awareness about news literacy. Check out the California Voter Forum and Student Voice projects from Fall 2018 and Spring/Fall 2019.
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.