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Course Number: 90-778

Media And Public Policy

Units: 6

This course will examine the influence of the media on public policy in the United States. During the mini, students will join the instructor in considering various explanations of how the news (and other activities of journalists) affects the policymaking process. This will involve exposure to the major themes of media influence in American politics. We will also consider the role of the media in elections, in public policy debates, and in public opinion formation.

Through lots of readings, discussion, and expert guest visitors, we want to understand how the media influences American politics and policy, as well as why the media behaves the way it does.

Working in teams, students will complete a project during the mini that involves drafting a “media strategy analysis” for some organization promoting a major policy issue of current importance.


Jonathan W. Delano