This course explores the political, social and economic history of media in the United States. Students examine the history and development of the press, with particular emphasis on the Black press, and the ways in which minority groups have been portrayed in mass media and how and why those portrayals have changed over time. Students will compare news coverage of mainstream and ethnic news media outlets with special emphasis on stories, which concern or affect diverse populations. Students will acquire an understanding of the critical role of ethnic media in news coverage and analysis.