What differentiates news from propaganda? What makes some news "fake" and other news "real"? In what ways does digital media affect the promotion and reception of shared information? In this course, we'll study evolving concepts of journalistic neutrality and explore ways in which information both drives and is influenced by political, economic, and social pressures. Using case studies ranging from the El Salvadorean Civil War to tabloid newspapers in the United States, and drawing upon anthropological approaches to journalism, we'll examine the concepts of objectivity, misinformation, propaganda, censorship, and journalism to better understand the ways in which both the categorization of knowledge is political and political power influences the exchange of public information.