The legitimacy of news is under assault. Powerful politicians and ordinary citizens alike are increasingly questioning the truthfulness, relevance, neutrality, and importance of all sorts of journalism. In this course, we will study and debate the origins of skepticism about the media, practice becoming critical and intelligent readers of journalism, and learn fundamental tools to become better writers and communicators, both of journalism and any nonfiction writing that requires clarity, concision, research, and skill. Students will learn how to structure a news story, how to write and report one, and how to become thoughtful consumers of the news. The course will include readings of interesting articles, engaging activities, writing exercises and discussions, and close supervision and feedback on written articles.