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Fall 2018-2019
* JRN 400 (SA)   na, npdf

The Media in America - Determined Press, Skeptical Public, and the Next Presidential Race

Michael Calderone

With a focus on presidential campaigns and the presidency, this course will examine the traditional role of political journalism in a rapidly shifting media landscape. The seminar will tackle questions about journalists' priorities in the previous presidential election, and emerging threats to democracy, media distrust, and rampant misinformation as the next presidential race approaches. Students will look closely at how technology has changed campaign reporting, and engage critically on political media issues.

Sample reading list:
Joan Didion, Political Fictions
David Foster Wallace, McCain's Promise: Aboard the Straight Talk Express
Ta-Nehisi Coates, "Fear of a Black President"
John Hermann, "Inside Facebook's (Totally Insane, Unintentionally
Joshua Green, Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump

Reading/Writing assignments:
6-8 hours of preparation per week, consisting of reading, reporting, and writing. Short- to medium-length writing assignments due every one to two weeks. One long-form final project due by Dean's Date (January 15). Bi-weekly individual meetings with professor required. Course may include a trip to a major news organization.

Papers - 70%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to First Year Undergraduates.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
If the course fills, you may email Margo Bresnen, Journalism Program Manager, at to be put on a wait list. Please include a paragraph explaining your interest in the course..

Other information:
Michael Calderone is a senior media reporter at Politico, where he writes about the intersection of media and politics. He previously reported on media for The Huffington Post, Yahoo News, and The New York Observer. Calderone has appeared on CNN, NY1, Al Jazeera English, PBS, NPR, and Sirius XM POTUS. He is a recipient of the National Press Club's Rowse Press Criticism Award for his reporting on the 60 Minutes Benghazi scandal and media coverage of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Reserved Seats:
Sophomores Only 6
Juniors Only 5


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22182 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm Th   Chancellor Green   103   Enrolled:14 Limit:16 Closed