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Origin of Fake News? Democratic National Convention, Chicago 1968

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ClassGraphic The news coverage of the 1968 Democratic Convention has sometimes been characterized as “liberal biased” and “fake news." Many Chicagoans remember the turmoil, protests, and riots during that Convention. Media coverage was done primarily by the three major television broadcast networks. In this study group, we will examine how the culture of media ownership, political and economic issues, and technological limitations affected the Convention reporting. In the late 1960's, demonstrations against the Vietnam War, racial unrest were on-going, and there were assassinations of political and civil rights leaders. We will discuss how these events may have created a backdrop for public response to convention coverage. As the 2024 Democratic Convention approaches, we will discuss if current media coverage of political events will be ‘déjà vu' all over again? Our primary resource will be When the News Broke: Chicago 1968 and the Polarizing of America by Heather Hendershot (University of Chicago Press, 2022).

Class Details

14 Session(s)
Weekly - Wed

Wieboldt Hall

MultipleInstructor :
1.Joanne Schochat2.Judy Myers 



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Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
3/6/2024 - 6/5/2024 Weekly - Wed 09:45 AM - 11:45 AM Chicago, Wieboldt Hall  Map Judy Myers  ; Joanne Schochat 
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