Courses Catalogue

Public Affairs Reporting

COURSE CODE: MCO 2204
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 3
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Bachelor of arts in mass communication
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: College of Humanities and Social Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description

The rubric of the course encompasses an enormous subject area that includes crime and criminal justice, military and defense, border, immigration, public health and healthcare, budget, taxation, energy, environment, natural resources, trade, foreign policy, education, labour and workforce and the electoral politics.

The course will be split into two parts. In the first point, students select “beats” from the vast array of choices under the general rubric of public affairs and closely cover their selected issues.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

 It is designed to acquaint students with the processes of the city, county and sate government functions from a news reporters’ perspective. The course helps to guide in search for information on public issue covering the vast array of public agencies and issues. 

EXPECTED LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of the course unit students should be able to;

  • Identify and describe both human and documentary sources of news 
  • Explain the inter relationships between news sources 
  • Explain the importance and demission of beat reporting in journalism 
  • Relate the concept of beat reporting to the process of asking good questions has on research. 
  • Discuss the major practical issues and theoretical issues in journalism.