We want to trust and admire our news sources but are not sure we can. At least, we can understand them a little more. We will look at the nature of news and how we receive and perceive it by considering topics such as what constitutes credibility, the benefits and problems of non-stop coverage, newsworthiness, consumer expectations and biases, the impact of shrinking newsrooms and where the lines are among news, opinion and punditry.
INSTRUCTOR: Rosemary McCarthy has a Master of Arts in Journalism from the University of Nevada, Reno, where she was also Assistant Professor from 2002 - 2012. She also has broadcast experience in television and radio.
REQUIRED BOOK: Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel. The Elements of Journalism: What Newspeople Should Know and the Public Should Expect. Revised and Updated 3rd Ed. (2014). Three Rivers Press. ISBN: 9780804136785.
Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE)
Assumption College, 500 Salisbury Street, Worcester MA 01609