"Critical Thinking: The Art and Science of Not Getting Fooled" is a required cohort course in the graduate Specialized Journalism program at USC Annenberg.
Students in the Critical Thinking course are trained to reflect critically on the broader, embedded forms of power within society and are able to interrogate journalismâs own ideological structures and commitments. The class empowers journalists to consider which voices are allowed through the news gates to comment on the issues at hand, and how this process fashions a bandwidth of permissible ideas. This class will help students understand how certain ideas come to be understood as âlegitimate,â therefore, and how the promotion of these ideas often relies primarily on citing authority figures as news sources, which reproduces the values of institutional pow
Among the questions we will consider: Where, as journalists, should we point the microphone? Who among journalismâs âsubjectsâ gets to tell the story? Why, in a media-saturated world, do vast, compelling narratives so often go overlooked? How do journalists overcome the limitations and pressures of their profession to tell comprehensive narrative stories from underreported places? And where in this maze do simple facts â honest witness reported on the ground â fit in?
Instructors should have teaching experience at the collegiate or graduate level, and ideally have a background both in theories of media and power, and in the practice of journalism.
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