When it comes to politics, is media helping us understand the issues? For ten years, some Morningside students have been getting a clear perspective. They've been taking a special class that aims to cut through the fog.
Mass Communications Major, Claire DeRoin didn't used to care too much about politics.
"I would just kind of tune out ads or politics in general, as ignorant as that may be," Claire DeRoin, a Morningside student said.
But in the last couple months, DeRoin says that's changed for her and her classmates. They're enrolled in Morningside's "Media, Politics and Democracy" class. Every other year it teaches students about the roll media plays in politics.
"Media is a handmaiden to politics. You can't do politics this day in age without a media strategy," Professor Mark Heistad said.
Heistad teaches the course through the Mass Comm. Department. Three days a week he says his students analyze polls, political ads, debates, even satire.
The fruits of their research aren't answers though.
"Questions, questions, that's what I want them to come away with. They will tell you that's what I am all about in this class, questioning the relationship between media, politics and Democracy.
A positive relationship, a negative relationship? That's in the air.
"I don't know how many answers we are going to have, but I think we ought to have interesting questions," Heistad said.
DeRoin's class time has given her a little clarity.
"I know a little bit more about how things are the way they are. Or, why ads are run in such ways, at such times. It's really interesting to know things are done for a reason," DeRoin said.
Dan Sligh and his wife were in their pickup truck on Interstate 5 heading to a camping trip when a bridge before them disappeared in a "big puff of dust."More >>
The trucker was hauling drilling equipment when his load bumped against the steel framework over an Interstate 5 bridge. He looked in his rearview mirror and watched in horror as the span collapsed into the water behind him....More >>
One evening last Labor Day weekend, 15-year-old Audrie Pott headed to a friend's house. Unbeknownst to their parents, the girls planned to party.More >>
One evening last Labor Day weekend, 15-year-old Audrie Pott walked up the driveway of a classmate's home alongside other teenagers. She'd told her parents she was spending the night with a friend. The friend claimed...More >>
Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Kathy Clayton at (712) 239-4100 x209. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at email@example.com.