Can news be objectively reported or is all news reporting biased? How does a more “liberal” news organization such as MSNBC report a story vs. a more “conservative” organization such as Fox News? How might the reporting of the same event be different depending on the medium in which it is reported (broadcast vs. print)? How is a news report different from a news commentary? Is that always made clear? How do we distinguish real news from fake news? What are the most reliable sources of information? Who do you most trust and what are your reasons? What and who determines when and if a current event becomes an historical event? In this course, we will consider the latest breaking news. Class members and the Group Leaders will thoroughly digest recent news events from various sources – newspapers, television (cable and networks), the Internet – and then report on the event for the full class to consider.
GROUP LEADERS: Joseph Corn spent most of his professional career working as a radar and communications engineer. He has also taught in the NYC school system, Springfield Technical Community College, and Penn State University, and worked as a technical instructor for Moore Products Co. He has taught numerous WISE courses and considers himself a “news junkie.”
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