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Making, Managing and Financing the News

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SiNY - Making, Managing and Financing the News

New York City is home to news organizations with national and international reach, to multinational corporations, and to financial firms that structure world capital markets. This course will explore the business of news and the news about business by examining the work of New York based media. Broad themes covered will include how news is financed, the role of journalism in democracy, the relation between identity and objectivity in reporters’ decisions, and the evolving use of data and algorithms in discovering and telling stories. 

Meet the Instructor(s)

Jay Hamilton

James T. Hamilton is the Hearst Professor of Communication, Chair of the Department of Communication, and Director of the Journalism Program. His books on media markets and information provision include All the News That’s Fit to Sell: How the Market Transforms Information into News (Princeton, 2004), Regulation Through Revelation: The Origin, Politics, and Impacts of the Toxics Release Inventory Program (Cambridge, 2005), and Channeling Violence: The Economic Market for Violent Television Programming (Princeton, 1998). His most recent book, Democracy’s Detectives: The Economics of Investigative Journalism (Harvard, 2016), focuses on the market for investigative reporting. Through research in the field of computational journalism, he is exploring how the costs of story discovery can be lowered through better use of data and algorithms. Hamilton is co-founder of the Stanford Computational Journalism Lab, Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, affiliated faculty at the Brown Institute for Media Innovation, and member of the JSK Fellowships Board of Visitors.