Recent topics have included Public Relations, Conflict Resolution, American Theatre and the Vietnam War, Human Communication Theory, American Film and Culture and Writing for Stage, Screen and TV. This course number may be repeated for credit with different topics.
Fall Semester informationDeborah Douglas
401A: Tps:Cross-Cultural Journalism
This course examines journalistic practices and communications techniques to speak across difference during an era marked by challenges to effective discourse and industry disruption. The underlying philosophy is journalism and journalistic techniques are critical to a working democracy, especially accuracy, transparency and ethical norms. We will be challenged to engage with and understand communities of people and interests different than our own.
Specifically, students will identify the ways in which bias creeps into reporting and messaging, and how unchecked bias and filter bubbles have the potential to lock audiences out of conversations instead of inviting them into one. We will interrogate where bias ends and point of view begins. Importantly, race, ethnicity and class will be centered, and we will ground ourselves in the history of underrepresented and marginalized voices, such as the poor, to better understand how to tell compelling stories in real-time.
We will explore what kind of journalism or strategic communication may be produced with a shift in perspective, and analyze and critique media sources. We will explore the complexity of covering certain topics, such as the 2020 U.S. Census or crime, and explore our assumptions about what stories and messages matter from a business perspective but also an ethical human one.
Assignments will include a mix of media critiques, book reviews, reporting assignments, an op-ed and presentations. There will be current events quizzes. Opportunities to create videos and leverage other media forms, such as social media campaigns, are welcome. Class will be a mixture of lectures and a workshopping environment where teamwork will be required. This class is appropriate for students interested in journalism or strategic communication because stories, wherever and however they're told, make the world go `round.