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Pilgrim's Journalism 190
at Western Washington University -- sample course content



, copyright photo Tim 
Pilgrim

Poetry
and classes


Poetry by Pilgrim
TimothyPilgrim.org
Introduction
to mass media --
Journalism 190
Editing --
Journalism 309
Newswriting --
Journalism 207
Editing visual components
Pilgrim's WWU home
Timothy Pilgrim

"Why, of course, the people don't want war. ... Naturally, the common people don't want war; ...

That is understood. But after all, it's the leaders of the country who determine the policy,
and it's always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it's a democracy,
a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. ...

... Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding
of the leaders. That is easy. ...

All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists
for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to greater danger.

It works the same way in any country."
-- Herman Goering (Nazi propaganda minister
in an interview with Gustave Gilbert during the Nuremberg trials, April 18, 1946)

Course essentials

Pilgrim is an emeritus associate professor and no longer teaches Journalism 190.

However, this site -- with material such as America's Rich Get Richer and a selected list of Non-mainstream Media updated often by Pilgrim -- provides important mass media resources, a sample syllabus and weekly modules of media-related material.

Pilgrim's sample Journalism 190 syllabus


Quiz 1 material (Week 1-4)

Journalism 190 Week 1
J190 supplementary lecture & video related material
Journalism 190 Week 2
J190 supplementary lecture & video related material
Journalism 190 Week 3
J190 supplementary lecture & video related material
Journalism 190 Week 4
J190 supplementary lecture & video related material



Quiz 2 material (Week 5-7) -- subject to revision prior to fifth week

Journalism 190 Week 5
J190 supplementary lecture & video related material
Journalism 190 Week 6
J190 supplementary lecture & video related material
Journalism 190 Week 7
J190 supplementary lecture & video related material



Quiz 3 material (Week 8-10 & finals week) -- subject to revision prior to eighth week
Journalism 190 Week 8
J190 supplementary lecture & video related material
Journalism 190 Week 9
J190 supplementary lecture & video related material
Journalism 190 Week 10
J190 supplementary lecture & video related material
Journalism 190 Week 11
Finals Week



Hope for democracy --
alternative media links

Websites offering non-mainstream news --
and hope for democracy & the planet


Understanding mass communication

Haves and have-nots -- America's rich get richer
A partial accounting of the transfer of America's wealth to the wealthy
Potpourri of media criticism
A collection of interviews, videos, graphics and other items that cast a critical eye on American mass media -- and society
Freeepress
A link to an important nonpartisan organization working to involve the public in media policy making and to create policies for more democratic media
Stop Big Media
A site that includes who owns what
Who owns what from CJR
A link to Columbia Journalism Review's site on media ownership
A little context
Numbing numbers about the global villiage we live in
A time line of mass media
We can see where we're going only if we know where we've been
Save the Internet
A coalition of more than 2 million with the aim of protecting internet freedom
Findings about mass media impact
Journalism 190 will highlight 23 findings during the quarter about American mass media's impact on society, culture and self-governing
Frances Moore Lappe on democracy
An excerpt from "The Broken Promise of Democracy" in The Sun magazine
Hope from Neil Postsman
One take on how to make a difference
NEWSEUM
Today's front pages from around the world
USA.gov
An extensive government resource -- worth a research try
Politics1.com
A way to contact Washington state officials
Washington Access
Washington state government information and e-mail addresses
Tough Guise: a sample summary
A number of J190 videos will have summaries posted. They will be similar to this one detailing the highlights of a Media Education Foundation (MEF) video about violent masculinity
Killing Us Softly 3: a sample summary
This is a summary of an MEF/Jean Kilbourne video, which has been updated in "Killing Us Softly 4"


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