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Iowa City IA 52242
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UI journalism course to be offered over Iowa Communications Network
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Do the media share blame in the death of Princess Diana?
Do the media cover sex, gossip and crime too much, as witnessed by saturation
coverage of sportcaster Marv Albert, Paula Jones, and JonBenet Ramsey?
Was press coverage of the McCaughey Septuplets slanted?
These and scores of other contemporary media issues will be addressed in
an innovative University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication
course to be offered next semester throughout the state via the Iowa Communications
Network (ICN). The course, entitled "News-Editorial Problems," will
examine editorial, financial and ethical issues that affect the newspaper
"The course is about real-world issues that journalists confront on
a regular basis," says Stephen G. Bloom, UI associate professor of journalism
and a former newspaper reporter for the Los Angeles Times, Dallas Morning
News, and Sacramento Bee. Issues to be covered include ethics and press responsibility,
what makes news, newspaper graphics, hometown boosterism, customs and practices
of journalists, newsroom politics, and the newspaper of tomorrow.
Each class begins with a lively critique of that day's national, state and
regional newspapers. Students enrolled in the class over the ICN are especially
encouraged to participate in the interactive session. During several sessions,
students will interview editors of Iowa newspapers about editorial decisions
that affected news coverage in that day's newspapers.
The statewide course will be offered Mondays from 6-9 p.m., Jan. 26 -May
11 through 17 ICN sites around the state. ICN transmission will allow those
enrolled in virtually any part of the state to participate in this interactive
weekly class. Course locations include: Ankeny, Bettendorf, Clear Lake, Corning,
Council Bluffs, Des Moines, Edgewood-Colesburg, Emmetsburg, Fort Dodge, Marion,
Marshalltown, Ottumwa, Sheldon, Sioux City, Waterloo and West Burlington.
Depending on demand, the UI Off-Campus Courses and Programs Office may schedule
additional locations, more conveniently located to prospective students.
Those who enroll may elect to take the course for three semester hours of
undergraduate or graduate credit at the UI. The deadline for registration
is Monday, Jan. 12, 1998.
For more information about enrolling in the course, contact the UI Off-Campus
Courses & Programs Office at 1-800-272-6430.