A study of how films portray journalists in popular culture, historically, and continuing to the present. Students view, analyze, and discuss the role of journalists in a variety of films that dramatically depict the journalist as hero or villain, raise important First Amendment issues, and show how corporate pressures impact journalists, the media, and the public.
- Distinguish key elements of the complex relationship between public figures, including political leaders, and the press.
- Demonstrate understanding of the barriers to a free press journalists face in the line of duty.
- Exhibit understanding of how investigative reporting advances the public interest and safeguards the public’s open access to information.
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