PO336 Media & Public Administration

for S1J 2009

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PO 336 Media & Public Administration


S1J 2009 DN


Lockhart, Rich


Adjunct Faculty

Office Hours

By appointment

Daytime Phone




Semester Dates

January 14, 2008 to March 4, 2008

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Credit Hours


Graber, Doris A., Mass Media and American Politics, 7th Edition, Congressional Quarterly Press.  ISBN: 1-56802-917-9

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Course Description:
An analysis of the relationship between public administrators and the media from the standpoints of (a) the public relations efforts of administrators, and (b) the reporting of the media. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The instructors philosophy is based on learning through sharing information and experiences.  The instructor will use lecture, discussion of current events, case studies, guest speakers, and assigned readings to engage students in the understanding of the media.  Students will also participate in mock interviews and press conferences.  Students are expected to come to class prepared to engage in discussion of the material.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the development of the American media from an historical perspective.
  2. Describe the role of the media in contemporary American society, examining how the media is alternately influencing and influenced by political and social forces.
  3. Describe the relationship between the media and the field of public administration.
  4. Understand the importance of effective communications.
  5. Describe basic concepts of public relations.
  6. Being able to critically evaluate the content and presentation techniques used in delivering the news.

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:
The class assessment will consist of attendance, quizzes, mid-term exam and final exam, a press release, and a case study paper.  The quizzes and exams will cover the material from the assigned readings and the lecture.  Students will also prepare questions for the guest speakers that will need to be turned in at the beginning of the class period.


Attendance 10%
Class participation (includes questions for guest speakers) 10%
Press Release 5%
Case Study 15%
Quizzes 20%
Mid-Term Exam 20%
Final Exam 20%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
The press release and case study may be turned in ONE DAY late with a 50% penalty (assignments are due by 11:59 pm on the due date).  A missed quiz may not be made up and will result in a zero regardless of the classification of the absence.  The mid-term or final may be made up at the discretion of the instructor with a valid excuse.  A valid excuse would need to be documented by the student to the satisfaction of the instructor.  Without a valid excuse or proper documentation, the student will receive a zero.  The class participation grade and attendance grade will also be negatively affected by any absences.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to be on time and participate in discussions.  Cell phones should be turned on vibrate.  Students may only answer emergency calls during class.  Chronic tardiness will result in a reduction of the attendance and class participation points.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Date Reading Assignment from Graber Assignment Due Class Activity
01/14 Chapter 1 Quiz chapter discussion
01/21 Chapters 2 and 3 Quiz and questions chapter discussion and guest speaker


Chapter 4 and 5 Quiz and questions

chapter discussion and guest speaker

02/04 Chapter 6 Mid-term chapter discussion
02/11 Chapter 7 and 8 Quiz and questions chapter discussion and guest speaker
02/18 Chapter 9 Quiz and Press Release chapter discussion and mock interviews
02/25 Chapter 10 Quiz and Case Study chapter discussion and mock interviews
03/04 Chapter 12 Final Exam general discussion of media issues

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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