Thompson Hall 1017
Section Information for Fall 2012The main purpose of this course will be fulfilled by writing an original research paper on the press. The time frame covers from the sixteenth century until the recent past. Subjects include content analyses of the press, the business of publishing, the readers of the press, the profession of journalism, biographies of journalists, studies of groups of papers that shared a market or a perspective, government regulation, the press as the Fourth Estate, etc. The list is endless. Student will also present their findings in class and participate in seminar evaluations. The first three weeks will provide an overview of the subject. Readings will include books and articles on the press of North America and Western Europe. Students should read and be prepared to discuss Michael Schudson, Sociology of the News on the first day of class to allow as much time as possible for selection and research of a chosen topic.
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Research in specialized topics using primary sources.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.