Keeping Tabs on a Mad World: A Correspondent’s Guide to Global News That Matters

Wednesdays from 5-6:30 p.m.
The Loft Cinema
Class size
96 students

This news-literacy course will help you make sense of a world that is fast overheating, figuratively and literally. Lectures will examine how the media cover conflicts in different parts of the world.  As tower of babble with a catchall label, the news media can confuse us as much as it informs. While delivery systems are evolving at an accelerating rate, the essence has not changed since Caesar’s letters from Gaul. What matters is the message. Despite wondrous new ways to disseminate information, we often get it wrong at the speed of light. 

Video clips will be included to show exemplary televised reportage, and our class lectures will include lively discussion. We will also have guest appearances—in person or via Skype—of seasoned reporters working abroad as well as talks with unsung, underpaid “locals” who risk their lives to get the story straight.


Course Details

Readings and Syllabus

A finalized syllabus and more information about how and where to access any reading assignments will be available prior to the beginning of the course.


Refund policy

If you find you are unable to attend the course, please do let us know. You can request a refund up to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 15, 2019. The balance of the original tuition will be refunded after an administrative fee of $25. To drop, contact

Please be aware that unregistered guests are not able to attend class meetings. Due to safety and security protocols, only registered UA students and Community Classroom students, and registered guests, will be allowed inside the classroom. Persons who contact to register before the date may attend one class session without charge.


Location Details
The class meets at The Loft Cinema, Screen 3 (3233 E. Speedway Blvd.) Screen 3 is fully accessible and has a Hearing Loop Induction service.

The Loft Cinema features several dedicated parking lots just next to the building, with parking available at no cost.