JMC 483. Media and Democracy

This course uses a seminar format to explore the external factors that impact the content and quality of news and the media's relationship with a healthy democracy.  It examines conflicts between the media's responsibility to keep citizens informed and serve as a watchdog over powerful interests with news organizations' roles as profit-making businesses.  The growth of the Internet and social networks and their impact on journalistic form and content also are explored.

Offered: Spring
Credits: 3
Prerequisite: JMC 202 or SC 310