What is news and how does it shape our understanding of the world? At a moment in which misinformation and "fake news" are matters of serious concern, studying the history of news can help us to better understand the stakes of recent changes in the media landscape.
About the course
From handwritten newsletters and ballads sung on the street to printed newspapers and telegraphic dispatches; from coffeehouses and reading rooms to radio broadcasts and social media - this Summer Intensive considered how changes in technology, politics, and culture have transformed the production and circulation of news. The course examined recurring debates about press freedom, access to information, the proper role of journalists, and the effects of news consumption on individuals and society.
The Faculty of Arts Community Education programs provide a unique opportunity to delve into a particular subject, learn about it from expert presenters, and debate its biggest questions with a room full of like minds. The one-week course structure of our Summer Intensives enables a more immersive experience with the chance to engage in a sustained conversation across sequential sessions.
Image: Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, September 3, 1881.