Journalism Director Discusses Teaching the Pandemic

June 29, 2021
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Joe Stephens, director of the Program in Journalism and a Ferris Professor of Journalism in the Humanities Council, recently participated in a Q&A about how Princeton University professors incorporated the coronavirus and the pandemic’s effects into their course material during the spring 2021 semester.

Stephens extensively revamped his media literacy course “The Media in America: What to Read and Believe in the Digital Age,” and together with his students developed strategies for confident news consumption during a tsunami of conflicting information. Asked how COVID-19 speaks to larger issues in his field, Stephens replied, “Nothing could better demonstrate how important it is to deliver verified facts to citizens in real time.”

Read the full story on the University homepage. It is the second installment of the Office of Communications’ series about teaching the pandemic.

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