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Fall 2012-2013
* JRN 448 (SA)   na, npdf

The Media and Social Issues - Reporting Inequality

P. Sainath


Protesters have taken to the streets over inequality; it was an impetus for Arab Spring, and has tragic consequences in India and China. We will examine different faces of inequality: health, education, indebtedness, income inequality; media coverage of the marginalized; reporting hunger (it isn't about photographing kids with distended bellies); being citizen reporters. Students will write about inequality by capturing the processes that drive it and telling the story through the lives of ordinary people.

Sample reading list:
Barbara Ehrenreich, The Nickled and Dimed: on (not) getting by in America
Ha-Joon Chang, Bad Samaritans
Vijay Prashad, The Darker Nations
Granta Publications, The Granta Book of Reportage
P. Sainath, Everybody Loves a Good Drought

Reading/Writing assignments:
6-8 hours of preparation a week, consisting of reading, viewing, and writing. Weekly short assignments; one longer project. Bi-weekly individual meetings with the professor.

Papers - 70%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Enrollment by application:

Other information:
P. Sainath is Rural Affairs Editor of The Hindu, an English-language daily newspaper (circulation 1.6 million). He won the Amnesty International Global Human Rights Journalism Prize in 2000. There will be guest speakers.


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22177 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm M   Henry House   16   Enrolled:13 Limit:16