Critical Thinking and Expository Writing: Making the News

The module explores how journalists produce ‘hard’ news stories and readers make sense of them. Through readings and text analysis, students will learn that the news they encounter are carefully selected events, which are then organized according to the (imagined) preferences of expected audiences. Specific questions include: What are news values, and how do they determine what gets reported in the media? How do reporters produce ‘objective’ stories that also evaluate the people or events they tell about? What is the future of newspaper reporting, given technological and marketing innovations, and readers’ changing expectations of how news should be packaged?

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