Welcome to Interpreting the Day’s News, an introduction to journalism and the news media. Our theme this semester will be “The Media in the Age of Trump,” and it will comprise an in-depth, seven-week look at how President Trump is changing the traditional dynamic between the press and the presidency.
Among the topics we’ll explore:
- What are the First Amendment implications of Trump’s threat during the campaign to change the libel laws?
- How should traditional news organizations cover a president and a White House that, according to the nonpartisan fact-checking site PolitiFact (and others), regularly puts out information that is blatantly false?
- How should the media respond to White House attacks that attempt to characterize them as “the opposition party” and purveyors of “fake news”?
President Trump is taking the country in a very different direction. Some argue that his aggressive stance toward the media, which many critics on the right believe is suffused with liberal bias, is a necessary part of advancing his agenda. Trump supporters are welcome in this class, as are Trump critics and those still trying to make up their minds.
About the instructor
Interpreting the Day’s News will be taught by Dan Kennedy, an associate professor of journalism at Northeastern University. He is a regular panelist on WGBH-TV’s award-winning weekly media program, “Beat the Press,” and he writes a weekly column on media and politics for WGBHNews.org. He is also an occasional contributor to the Nieman Journalism Lab and have written for The Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, The Boston Globe and other publications.
Kennedy’s 2013 book, “The Wired City,” examines the rise of a new form of local and regional online news projects. His next book, “The Return of the Moguls,” which is about how The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and the Orange County Register have fared under wealthy new owners, will be published by ForeEdge in 2018.
Header photo (cc) 2015 by Michael Vadon. Some rights reserved.