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Douglas M Underwood
POL S 304
Seattle Campus

The Press and Politics in the United States

Journalists' role in elections and public policy. Relationship between news coverage and political campaigns. Study and analysis of local political newswriting, reporting, and response by local and state political figures. Extensive off-campus experience included. Offered: jointly with COM 304.

Class description

Description: A course exploring the relationship between government, politics and the mass media in an age dominated by the electronic communication of information.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Texts: Doris Grahev, ed., The Politics of News: The News of Politics; Kathleen Jamieson, Eloquence in an Electronic Age; James Fallows, Breaking the News; and John MacArthur, Second Front.

Class assignments and grading

Assignments: Two papers (5-7 pages) and a final exam.

Grading: Exams: 25 % Papers: 40 % Participation: 25 % Other: 10 % TOTAL: 100 %


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Last Update by Suman C. Chhabra
Date: 05/21/2003