900 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97301
This course examines news accounts as they construct the meaning of the events they report. Students explore how reality is shaped when the media privileges a particular frame for the events; sketches familiar plotlines, characters, or ideologies; or gives authority to some voices and silences others. Finally, the course addresses the effect of media conventionalizing, in the symbolic complexes addressed and the formulaic stories they spawn, on both the range of interpretations and the range of topics that are publicly addressed.
General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered
Prerequisite: RHET 261, or consent of instructor, Closed to Freshmen