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Fall 2013-2014
JRN 447 (SA)   na, npdf

Politics and the Media - Shaping Public Opinion through Editorials

Carol A. Giacomo


This course will examine how editorials are conceived and constructed; how they aim to shape public debate and whether or not they are successful. We will look at current topics, both on the international front, such as Afghanistan, drones, Iran's nuclear program, and at home, such as tax reform and gun control. How they have been treated editorially in a variety of publications and how they could be treated more effectively?

Sample reading list:
Michael Gartner, Outrage, Passion and Uncommon Sense
Rod Vahl and H.L. Hall, Effective Editorial Writing
Seth G. Jones, In the Graveyard of Empires: America's War in Afghanistan
Ahmed Rashid, Descent into Chaos
editorials in major newspapers,

Reading/Writing assignments:
6-8 hours of preparation a week, consisting of reading, viewing, and writing. Weekly short assignments; one longer project. Bi-weekly individual meetings with the professor.

Papers - 70%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Enrollment by application:

Other information:
Carol Giacomo, foreign editorial writer for the New York Times. is one of the most influential journalists in America, writing commentary about national security. She was previously a diplomatic correspondent for Reuters. There will be a class trip to the New York Times.


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21763 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   Henry House   16   Enrolled:9 Limit:16