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
InService Learning and Civic Engagement:*
Every Fall semester, News Literacy students have had a community engaged learning experience virtually collaborating with NewseumED | Freedom Forum Institute in Washington, D.C. They partner with them to apply the knowledge and skills they learn in the course to solve real-world problems. During Fall 2021, students expanded the project from previous years by developing "The Conversation" -- an evidence-based strategy to disrupt disinformation by talking to someone who believed conspiracy theories, hoaxes, rumors or other types of falsehoods. In Fall 2020 Jour365 students facilitated a virtual Disinformation Teach-In to raise awareness about news literacy and developed Student Voice projects to use their voices for personal and social change. These projects continue the service-learning partnership begun in Fall 2018 when News Literacy 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.
*Community Engagement applies only to the online course section. Students in the other section will be invited to participate in a webinar and other online events.
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.