Go beyond watching TV news as a couch potato and become an active viewer.
This course will change the way you watch television news by giving you the tools to judge for yourself whether what you see is fair, accurate and reliable. To help you do that, we will take you behind the scenes to show you how television news works and how professional journalists make the decisions that affect what you see every day.
What Will I Learn
Upon completing this course, you will be able to:
- Become an active, not passive, television news consumer
- Differentiate between news, opinion, propaganda, advertising, publicity, entertainment and unfiltered information
- Assess whether a television news report is reliable and why
- Determine whether a television news report is fair
Who Should Take This Course
Anyone who watches TV news and wants to be better at evaluating what’s fair, reliable and credible.
Instructor: Marcy McGinnis, a former CBS News executive, is associate dean at Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism.