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COMM 133: Need to Know: The Tension between a Free Press and National Security Decision Making (COMM 233)

This seminar will examine the dynamic interaction at the highest levels of government and the media when news coverage of secret national security policy and operations impinges on United States defense, diplomatic and intelligence activities and decision making. A prime example: the torrent of secret NSA programs disclosed by Edward Snowden in newspapers and other media. Students will explore attitudes, practices and actions by the media and the government through a series of case studies and simulations. Former editors, reporters and government officials will appear as guest speakers. The goal of the course is to inform students about the vital but often fraught relationship between a free press and the government in a democratic society, especially in the management of national security affairs. For advanced undergraduate and graduate students. Application for enrollment required. The instructor is a former Washington bureau chief of The New York Times. Please email Anne Stickells (annees7@stanford.edu) to request an application. Completed applications are due by 6pm on March 21, 2015. (Grad students register for COMM 233)
Terms: Spr | Units: 4-5 | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)
Instructors: Taubman, P. (PI)
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