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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

News Literacy

JOURNAL 250

What is fact? What is fiction? Can we even tell the difference any more? Today's 24-hour news environment is saturated with a wide array of sources ranging from real-time citizen journalism reports, government propaganda and corporate spin to real-time blogging, photos and videos from around the world, as well as reports from the mainstream media. In this class, students will become more discerning consumers of news. Students will use critical-thinking skills to develop the tools needed to determine what news sources are reliable in the digital world. Through readings, class discussion and written assignments, students will deconstruct stories, breaking down broadcast, print, web, and social media stories to determine those that are well-sourced and can be considered real news. Students will also discuss concepts such as objectivity, opinion, bias and fairness and how all contribute to the mix of news reports in today's digital landscape. (Gen. Ed. EB, DU)
Course Details

Spring 2021

On-Line
Feb 1, 2021 - May 4, 2021
Steve Fox
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84637
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Base Cost: $1,608 ($402/credit)
Term Fee: $47
Start date: Feb 01, 2021
End date: May 04, 2021
Last day to add: Feb 12, 2021
Last day to drop: Feb 12, 2021
Last day to withdraw: Mar 29, 2021
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