This news-literacy course will help you make sense of a world that is fast overheating, figuratively and literally. Lectures will examine how the media cover conflicts in different parts of the world. As tower of babble with a catchall label, the news media can confuse us as much as it informs. While delivery systems are evolving at an accelerating rate, the essence has not changed since Caesar’s letters from Gaul. What matters is the message. Despite wondrous new ways to disseminate information, we often get it wrong at the speed of light.
Video clips will be included to show exemplary televised reportage, and our class lectures will include lively discussion. We will also have guest appearances—in person or via Skype—of seasoned reporters working abroad as well as talks with unsung, underpaid “locals” who risk their lives to get the story straight.
MORT ROSENBLUM is a distinguished alum and Professor of Practice in the UA School of Journalism. He left Tucson in 1965 to cover war and peace on seven continents as a correspondent, editor and author, including work as an editor at the International Herald Tribune, special correspondent for The Associated Press, and AP bureau chief in Africa, Southeast Asia, Argentina, and France.
This is a rental of The Loft Cinema, presented by The University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.