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Special Topics (490-0-20)


Politics in Practice: Covering Campaigns, Congress


Darlene Elizabeth Superville

Meeting Info

Washington, DC Bureau: Mon 6:00PM - 8:50PM

Overview of class

This course explores how Washington really works and the competing power dynamics behind every decision in campaigning and governing in the era of Twitter and President Donald Trump. Drawing on the 2020 election as a real-time example, this course dissects the building blocks that shape politics, including polling, strategic messaging, fundraising, paid media and social media. This course focuses on practical skills, with lectures complimented by writing and reporting assignments designed to mimic the real-life challenges of a modern political reporter.

Class Materials (Required)

Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History, by Katy Tur. List price $10.19 in paperback

Rage by Bob Woodward - $18.01 new hardcover

Class Attributes

Attendance at 1st class mandatory
Course meets in Washington DC