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Media Literacy: An Overview

When working in media jobs, it’s essential to be both a savvy consumer of the news as well as a thoughtful editor. This class, taught by a journalist with more than 25 years of experience, will help you come away with a working understanding of how and why different traditional media outlets are biased and what role social media plays in our understanding of the news. You'll also gain the ability to gauge if an article was reported accurately, how to track down trustworthy sources, and how to fact-check what you read. And for all types of writing and editing work, we will also cover diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), a term used to describe initiatives and language that promotes the representation of people of different ages, races, and ethnicities, abilities and disabilities, genders, religions, cultures, and sexual orientations. 
This course may be used to fulfill the requirements of the Certificate in Journalism and the  Certificate in Professional Copyediting, Proofreading, and Fact-Checking.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • A practical understanding of bias in traditional media and the role of social media
  • The ability to distinguish between legitimate news and fabricated stories or opinion pieces
  • The language tools necessary to ensure that the stories you copy edit are not offensive or misleading

Ideal for

  • Anyone who wants to better understand what news they can trust
  • Copy editors who want a firm grasp of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) language
  • Students with an interest in journalism

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  • Fall 2024

    • Section

      001
    • Semester

      Fall 2024
    • Date

      Sep 3 - Oct 28
    • Day

      Tuesday
    • Time

      6:30PM-8:30PM
      • Online
    • Format

      Online
      • Online
    • Sessions

      4
    • Faculty

      TBA
    • Location

      Instructor Led
    • Oct 22 – Oct 22
    • Tuesday
    • 6:30PM – 8:30PM
    • Instructor Led
    • Sep 10 – Sep 10
    • Tuesday
    • 6:30PM – 8:30PM
    • Instructor Led
    • Oct 1 – Oct 1
    • Tuesday
    • 6:30PM – 8:30PM
    • Instructor Led
    • Sep 3 – Sep 3
    • Tuesday
    • 6:30PM – 8:30PM
    • Instructor Led
    • Sep 3 – Oct 28
    • Self-Paced
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    • Section

      2
    • Semester

      Summer 2024
    • Date

      Jun 4 - Jul 23
    • Day

      Tuesday
    • Time

      6:30PM-8:30PM
      • Online
    • Format

      Online
      • Online
    • Sessions

      4
    • Location

      Instructor Led
    Tuition $999