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Fall 2020 Sociology UN3966 section 001
The News: The Profession of Journalism G
The News: Journalism Digi

Call Number 21521
Day & Time
Location
M 10:10am-2:00pm
ONLINE ONLY
Points 4
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Sudhir A Venkatesh
Type ONLINE COURS
Method of Instruction On-Line Only
Course Description This course examines the profession of journalism in modern society.. The social role of the Press has changed with the advent of digital technologies and the democratization of the production, distribution and consumption of authoritative information. The course looks closely at the practice of newsmaking by examining the people and organizations who interact with one another to create and share news content. Newsmaking is viewed as meaningful collective interaction—that is, a behavior that is the sum of the engagement of multiple social actors, each of whom is motivated by assumptions, norms, and aspirations regarding the value of information and the role of the Press in society. Themes for the course include: (1) how journalists think and work (2) the ways that digital technologies has challenged the Qield of professional journalism and redeQined the role of the “journalist” and “reporter” (3) the evolution of journalism since the Industrial Revolution, with a particular focus on social media and digital transmission of news content (4) the social assumptions and infrastructure that lies behind modern newsmaking (5) the conQlicts, disruptions and tensions that emerge in social organization when new and/or competing technologies are introduced. Substantive topics include, “fake news,” “misinformation,” the challenges of Qirst-hand reporting, the newsroom as an ecosystem, and the rise of social media. Students will read a variety of texts, including: historical studies of journalism: accounts and memoirs of professional journalists; scientiQic research examining the impact of modern digital media; and news articles and contemporary forms of reportage (tweets, podcasts, etc.).
Web Site Vergil
Subterm 10/26-12/14 (B)
Department Sociology
Enrollment 17 students (30 max) as of 3:17PM Friday, November 27, 2020
Subject Sociology
Number UN3966
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Campus Morningside
Section key 20203SOCI3966C001

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