PPOL-564 POLITICS AND THE MEDIA
Fall for 2011-2012
Spring for 2011-2012
(Fall: Dionne; Spring: Begala) Few questions are more vexing or inherently controversial than the relationship of the media to politics and policy-making. There is even dispute over what constitutes "the media." This course is organized around particular problems raised in the debate and specific media institutions. Some of the problems given particular attention are the press' coverage of the 2008 presidential campaign, the ability of media institutions to police themselves and the role of journalists in political campaigns. Attention will also be paid to media innovations, including the increasing importance of the Web, the rise of the blogs, talk radio and National Public Radio, and the rise of media polling. Guests with particular expertise and experience have been invited to help lead sessions devoted to their areas of interest. The reading list includes popular and journalistic works - including the work of journalists who will meet with the class - as well as the work of scholars. Students will be encouraged to bring their own perspectives to bear, and are strongly urged to add to the reading list and to exchange readings with each other (and their instructor). Students will be required to produce one research paper touching on a problem of their choosing in the area of media and politics.
Prerequisites: Department approval required
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