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Fall 2017-2018
* JRN 448 (SA)   na, npdf

The Media and Social Issues - Reporting on Race in America Today

Tanzina I. Vega

This seminar will focus on how the evolution of media and technology has shaped the way America looks at race and enabled the creation of social movements, like #BlackLivesMatter and the alt-right, that in turn shape national policy agendas. The course will explore how the democratization of media allows people to lead the conversation, and how legacy media have changed their tactics to engage directly with audiences in the age of Twitter. Students will learn about non-traditional forms of reporting as they cover issues including diversity, racial demographics, bias, cultural appropriation, and race in the 2016 presidential election.

Sample reading list:
Joseph Torres and Juan Gonzalez, News For All The People: The Epic Story of Race
Eric Deggans, Race Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide
Jill Nelson, Volunteer Slavery: My Authentic Negro Experience
Otto Santa Anna, Juan in a Hundred: The Representation of Latinos on Network
Gerald M. Boyd, My Times in Black and White: Race and Power at The New York
Evelyn Asultany, Arabs and Muslims in the Media: Race and Representation

Reading/Writing assignments:
6-8 hours of preparation per week, consisting of reading, reporting, writing, and watching news. Short- to medium-length writing assignments (500 to 1,000 words) due every one to two weeks. One long-form final project due at end of term. Bi-weekly individual meetings with professor required.

Papers - 70%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to First Year Undergraduates.

Other information:
Tanzina Vega is CNNMoney's national reporter for race and inequality in America. Prior to working at CNN Vega was a staff reporter for The New York Times, where she created and covered a beat on race and ethnicity for the national desk and reported for the business desk and metro section. Also a skilled multimedia producer, Vega has won various awards for her multimedia work, including an Emmy.

Reserved Seats:
Sophomores Only 6
Juniors Only 5


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22634 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T   Green Hall   1-S-5   Enrolled:10 Limit:16 Closed