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Schedule of Units and Readings

Important note #1: Please check this page periodically for updates (especially before the first day of class)! Since we will often focus on discussing current events, some of the units below might be changed or pushed down at various points during the semester. The readings can be modified all the way up to one full Unit before they are due. Rather than reading ahead, please let me know if you would like more readings that deal with the topic examined in the current Unit.

Important note #2: All weekly readings should be completed in time for the first day of each Unit, unless otherwise noted.

UNIT 1 (Sept. 8 – Sept. 14): INTRO

No required readings.

UNIT 2 (Sept. 15 – Sept. 21): GIVING “BAD GUYS” A PLATFORM; OBJECTIVITY

Required Readings for Tuesday, Sept. 15 (no quiz, no response paper this week):

Required Readings for Thursday, Sept. 21

UNIT 3 (Sept. 20 & Sept. 22): BASIC APPROACHES TO ETHICS: DEONTOLGY & TELEOLOGY

Required Readings:

  • “The New Ethics of Journalism”: Introduction, Part One, Part Two.

UNIT 4 (Sept. 27 & Sept. 29): CODES OF ETHICS.

Required Readings:

Recommended Readings:

  • [Famous Case: The Jill Carroll – UMass Journalism alumna – abduction] Jill Carroll and the Christian Science Monitor, “The Jill Carroll Story.” August 14, 2006.

UNIT 5 (Oct. 4 – Oct. 6): JOURNALISM AND NATIONAL SECURITY I (documentary).

Required Readings:

Recommended Readings:

UNIT 6 (Oct. 13 – Oct. 13): JOURNALISM AND NATIONAL SECURITY II (WikiLeaks & Snowden/NSA)

Required Readings:

Recommended Readings:

UNIT 7 (Oct. 18 – Oct. 20): ONLINE JOURNALISM ETHICS

Required Readings:

UNIT 8 (Oct. 25 – Oct. 27): CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

Required Readings:

Recommended Readings:

UNIT 9 (Nov. 1 – Nov. 3): PRIVACY, DECENCY, SENSITIVITY, ANONYMOUS SOURCES & DECEPTION.

Required Readings:

Recommended Readings:

UNIT 10 (Nov. 8 – Nov. 10): COPYRIGHT and PLAGIARISM. 

Required Readings:

Recommended Readings:

UNIT 11 (Nov. 15 – Nov. 17): DIVERSITY IN THE NEWSROOM & CULTURAL STEREOTYPES

Required Readings:

Recommended Readings:

UNIT 12 (Nov. 29 – Dec. 1): THE ROLLING STONE/UVA RAPE STORY
Required Readings:

Unit 13 (Dec. 6 – Dec. 8): DISTURBING IMAGES & PHOTOJOURNALISM

Required Readings:

Unit 14 (Dec. 13):

Required Reading:

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