Watchdog Reporting In Politics
Focus on fundamental reporting and writing techniques to cover political news. Review and use public documents and data tools to scrutinize the records, veracity and finances of politicians and government officials. Discussions with guest speakers explores ethical issues, such as the boundaries of a public official's private conduct and how politicians and those who report about them misinterpret and misrepresent facts. Covers related editorial skills, including ways to set aside personal biases to cover political issues fairly. Skills developed, including the use of editorial style guidelines, have wide application in journalism and public policy communication. Instructor: Stencel. One course.