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Charles R. Hale, Director SRH 1.310, 2300 Red River Street D0800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512.471.5551

Fall 2003

LAS 381 • NEWSROOM SOCIAL ISSUES

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
37540 M
5:00 PM-8:00 PM
CMA A3.130
DE URIARTE

Course Description

Overview of newsroom demographics and product, including domestic and international content. Topics to be covered include issues of integration and intellectual diversity; corporatization of the news; (robber barons revisited.) Parallels in international coverage between Middle East and Latin America. Bounce-back impact of coverage on minority communities and nations of origin. Corporate consolidation of ownership of media has redefined the news as a product and has eliminated social responsibility of the press. Moreover, as the nation’s demographics change toward a situation where no race or ethnicity will dominate in census counts, the newsrooms and journalism education remain virtually non-integrated. What challenges faces newsrooms that seek diversity? How do the inadequacies that frame minority coverage have an impact on foreign news? What does that imply for coverage of Latin America, where the United States has expanded its military presence and for the Middle East, where the United States continues military and occupation activities? What is the "bounce-back" affect of this coverage? 20-hour Field work project and Final research paper required. Course is cross-listed with Latin American Studies, Middle Eastern Studies. Can be taken for Women’s Studies credit.

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