ENGL 408

Print Media: Genre and Culture

This course explores the generic traits of journalistic writing, examining how events in the lives of individuals and our culture are represented in different kinds of publications, as well as how social forces and journalistic writing mutually shape each other. Readings vary but typically include genre theory, news stories in current periodicals, case studies from news stories of the past fifty years involving ethics and representation, and adaptations of stories as they evolve from periodical to book to feature film format. Although this course is not designed to be a how-to course on journalistic writing, students do short assignments in several journalistic genres to develop experiential knowledge of these genres.

Prerequisites: A first-year seminar or junior or senior standing or permission of instructor.