Kristin Louise Gustafson
Examines a variety of issues involved in understanding different forms of media and their impact on our lives, in contexts spanning from local to global, using a wide range of theoretical, disciplinary, and methodological approaches.
This 300-level course provides students an opportunity to understand and interrogate important trends, moments, decisions, and issues in the more than 200-year history of U.S. journalism. We will use examples found in case studies to guide us in our readings, reflection, and research. At the center of our learning are these five questions addressing journalism ideologies, practices, law, ethics, and technology: What assumptions have been made about journalism and democracy? What conventions do journalists maintain? What legal constraints or freedoms shape how journalism gets produced? How have journalism producers and consumers resolved ethical concerns? How can technology affect journalism content?
Student learning goals
Identify and interrogate important trends, moments, decisions, and issues in U.S. journalism history
Exercise a critical awareness that places contemporary media in a historical context
Articulate why we study journalism history, demonstrate an ability to find and evaluate historical documents, and produce original historical research
Demonstrate a proficiency in writing and re-writing university-level research paper
Demonstrate a proficiency in analyzing scholarly texts and presenting this analysis orally, visually, and in writing
Demonstrate a proficiency in collaborative learning, as expressed through teamwork, peer and self-evaluation, shared leadership, and active listening
General method of instruction
Actively and collaboratively learning through in-class discussions, Primary document analysis and presentation, Exams, News analysis, discussion, and methods of engagement with current events, Oral history presentation and paper
Knowledge of and interest in U.S. journalism and U.S. history are helpful but not necessary.
Class assignments and grading