JOURNALISM 190: BEYOND GOOGLE AND WIKIPEDIA (Professors Grefe and Richardson)

Finding and Evaluating Information Sources in the Digital Age -- Fall 2012
Tuesday, 12:20 - 1:15 (Reid 211)


An introduction to information sources that academic researchers, journalists, public relations and advertising professionals rely on increasingly in the digital age to conduct scholarly research, report and write news stories, and to find, analyze and present research on trends in mass communications. Students learn how to evaluate sources of information for credibility and quality, while they strengthen their basic research skills to go beyond Google and dig below the surface of today’s high-tech information world.

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  • As a matter of courtesy, please turn off electronic devices unless they are being used for taking notes for this class.  Please do not use class time to access (electronically or otherwise) materials unrelated to the course.
  • Final grades will be determined almost entirely by performance on assignments associated with weekly lectures.
  • Late papers are not accepted and will receive no credit. Completed assignments generally will be due by 5:00 PM on the Friday following Tuesday's class meeting.  5:01 is too late.
  • Attendance is taken into consideration in formulation of final grades.
  • There will be no mechanism (extra credit, make-up assignments, etc.) to raise grades.