JOUR 375/COMM 372/SWMS 371: The Image of the Journalist in Popular Culture

The Image of the Journalist in Popular Culture

If you love film or television or videogames or any part of popular culture, this is the class for you.

Together we explore the impact of conflicting images of the journalist in popular culture on the American public’s perception of newsgatherers in the 20th and 21st centuries. The public takes its images wherever it sees and hears them and in the end, it really doesn’t matter to the public if these images are real or fantasy, true or false. The reality is that few people ever witness a journalist in action. They rarely visit a newspaper or magazine office or a broadcast newsroom or any other place where journalists work to report the news of the day. Yet they have a very specific idea of what a journalist is and what he or she does because they have read about journalists in novels, short stories and comic books, and they have seen them in movies, TV programs, plays, and cartoons. The public bases its impressions and understanding of the news media on these images.  This class explores why this is so.

“The Image of the Journalist in Popular Culture” also explores the history of journalism, diversity and gender description in journalism, and offers the student a unique experience in media literacy and the understanding of how the news media work.

The instructor, Joe Saltzman, is an award-winning professor of journalism and communication at USC Annenberg for more than 47 years. An experienced multimedia journalist, Saltzman is also director of the IJPC, a project of the Norman Lear Center and for 20 years has studied the image of the journalist creating this new academic field.

His new book, Heroes and Scoundrels: The Image of the Journalist in Popular Culture (written by Matthew C. Erhlich and Saltzman) was released by the University of Illinois Press in April 2015 and is already considered the definitive book on the subject.

The IJPC Database and web site have long been the definitive resources on the image of the journalist in popular culture.

Persian Fall Courses

Summer 2015 Persian-I (MDES-120):
May 20 – July 07, 2015
M-Th 10-11:50 am
Class: VKC 113

Fall 2015 Persian Course Offerings
Persian-I (MDES 120), M-Th, 11-11:50 am, THH 109
Persian-II (MDES 150), M-Th, 10-10:50 am, WPH 204
Persian-III (MDES 220), M-Th, 12-12:50 pm, THH 107
Advanced Persian-I (MDES 320), M-Th, 9-9:50 am, VKC 103

For more information see
Instructor: Dr. Peyman Nojoumian
Office: THH 449

JOUR 469: Money, Markets, & Media

From Professor Gabriel Kahn:

Everyone needs to know about economics, but few people want to study it. 

JOUR 469: Money, Markets & Media is a course designed to teach the fundamentals of economics as they relate to your everyday life. We look at headlines and current events to uncover the economic storyline underneath. You will emerge from this class with a nuanced understanding of economic fundamentals and a deeper understanding of how economic forces are at work in everything around you.

JOUR 469

American Studies Fall 2015 Courses

Do you still need to enroll in classes for the fall? Consider taking an American Studies class!

AMST 101AMST 135AMST 200 AMST 252 AMST 285 AMST 301 AMST 340 AMST 344 AMST 350 AMST 379 AMST 448 AMST 492 Senior Honors AMST 492 493 Flyer

GEOL 351: Climate Systems

Climate Systems – GEOL 351
Fall 2015

T-Th 3:30 – 4:50pm

Is Earth’s climate near a tipping point? Are we pushing our planet beyond its carrying capacity? How large and how fast can climate changes be, and what are their governing principles? How are human activities disrupting climate systems, and what are the likely effects?

This upper-level course provides a modular set of lectures and laboratory sessions aimed at teaching system-level behavior of climate systems and the Earth’s outer fluid envelopes. It emphasizes climate dynamics and climate-related geosystems in a context that social scientists, business leaders, or non-geology geeks might find applicable. The course introduces geosystems and system behavior, non-linear dynamics, chaos, complexity theory, and will also include a set of 4 modules including: the thermohaline circulation and the global ocean carbon cycle; multiple climate equilibria and energy balance models; climate dynamics and feedbacks; carbon sequestration and ocean acidification system behavior and feedbacks. The final lectures will present civilization viewed as a geosystem. This is a mid-level Earth Sciences class, developed with the new Climate Resiliency & Stewardship Minor target audience in mind—Economics/IR/PoliSci/Psych/ENST/other majors interested in the relationship between climate systems and their main field, where complex systems behavior is also at play.

Rossier: Undergraduate Minors

Dear USC Undergraduate Students,

We would like to take this time to share an exciting opportunity. Rossier School of Education will be offering two new minors for the coming 2015-2016 academic year. The two minors were developed to allow all students, including juniors and seniors, to complete the minor within an academic year.

**Rossier: Education and Society Minor **
The Education and Society minor seeks to examine education and its role in society. The minor is intended to help students develop broad perspectives on the purposes and forms of education and schooling including the purpose and history of schooling, the provision of equitable opportunities for all, the factors impacting teaching, learning and achievement, and the development of engaged citizenship for more just societies through education. Students enrolled in this minor will gain multiple perspectives on education locally, nationally, and internationally, including technology’s role in educational outcomes. The minor provides resources for students who may want to pursue careers in education after graduation—teaching, educational advocacy through non-profits or non-governmental organizations, university research, policymaking, or educational entrepreneurship. (no prerequisites)

The minor is developed to allow all undergraduate students, including juniors and seniors, to complete the program within one academic year. For additional information please contact Albert Park at or 213-740-2178.

**Rossier: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Minor**
The Rossier School of Education offers an interdisciplinary minor in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). This minor is targeted to those undergraduates who wish to gain expertise in the field of English as a Second Language (ESL) or English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teaching. The minor in TESOL also prepares students for short and long-term careers in ESL and EFL teaching in both the US and international contexts. While students can combine the TESOL courses with any major, the curriculum will particularly benefit students in Linguistics, English, Foreign Languages, communication, international studies, and other related fields. However, with its emphasis on language and culture, as well as its focus on effective teaching and inquiry, minor in TESOL will complement almost any field of study. (no prerequisites)

The minor is developed to allow all undergraduate students, including juniors and seniors, to complete the program within one academic year. For additional information please contact Albert Park at or 213-740-2178.

**Courses are now live for students to register. Here is the direct link where you can find the courses, ) **

Sociology Honors Seminar Application

The Sociology Honors Seminar will be unlike any class you have taken here.  It is an interactive seminar, with the collective focus on helping each student produce sociological research and knowledge. In this class, students do not sit back as consumers of sociological knowledge, but everyone is required to lean in and devise a research project. It’s an exciting and challenging process, one that requires creativity and self-discipline, but you are supported by the instructor, the seminar and an additional faculty mentor.  Over the course of two semesters, each student will develop and write an original research project that will serve as the senior sociology honors thesis.

Who should take this class?  Any Sociology senior with a strong GPA, a curiosity about the social world, and anyone wishing to engage in original research that will provide the type of writing sample that many graduate programs require as part of the admissions process.

Interested in seeing what this year’s Sociology Honors Seminar students have produced?  Come to HSH 201 on April 30 at 2pm, for the presentations.