Course Description

470.732 - Communications and Congress

This course will examine how Congress communicates with the American people through the eyes of a press guy. It will teach students how to construct a sound bite just as it teaches the history of Congressional relations with the Fourth Estate. How do you go about writing a press release, talking to a reporter, driving a message and navigating the confusing world of Capitol Hill ? What's it like being a Press Secretary for a Member of Congress? In addition to these contemporary applied skills, an historical approach will be taken in considering the evolution of Congress as an institution. Contemporary examples, where appropriate, will be used to underscore points made in the texts. This counts towards the Political Communications concentration.