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Media and Diversity in Europe | EUJ 211

Instructors: Christos Frangonikolopoulos, Naya Kalfeli

Course Description

The course seeks to introduce students to the concept of cultural and social diversity and analyze the role that media/journalists can play in the social construction, representation and understanding of difference and diversity. It focuses on issues of migration, race and ethnicity, faith and religion, gender, sexuality, age and disability and the way these issues are portrayed by traditional and new media. It also equips the students with practical skills that will enable them to produce a media product (a blog) on a topic related to social and cultural diversity.

Course Objectives

  • Analyze the concept of cultural and social diversity.
  • Approach issues of migration, race and ethnicity, faith and religion, gender, sexuality, age and disability.
  • Examine the role that media/journalists can play in the social construction and representation of diversity.
  • Equip the students with practical skills that will enable them to produce a media product (a blog) on a topic related to social and cultural diversity.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Define the core concepts of cultural and social diversity
  • Critically understand the social and media structures and journalistic practices that impact upon issues of diversity
  • Understand how media/journalism can contribute to combat negative stereotypes
  • Offer alternative approaches to negative stereotypes through reporting
  • Acquire the practical skills to engage in responsible media coverage of diversity.

Class/Learning activities

Lectures, workshops, in-class presentations, literature study, written assignments.

Workload

Type of work Description Hours
Lectures Thirteen 3-hours lectures 39
Independent study Study of compulsory and optional literature 61
Research Online research 30
Workshops Exercises in the classroom 50
Written assignments-Presentations Written assignments

a.    five short assignments (500 words)

b.    essay (1.500-2000 words)

c.    in-class presentations

120
                                    Total workload 300

Assessment

Type of assessment Learning outcome Impact on final grade Date of assessment
Participation in group work and discussion 1-2 20% Regularly
Presentation of group work 1-2, 5 20% 13th week
Written assignments (short) 3-4 30% 4th-13th week
Written assignment (essay) 1-5 30%    -13th week

Required Reading

Bibliography

  • Aldrich, Leigh Stephens. Covering the Community: A Diversity Handbook for Media. Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press, 1999.
  • Biagi, Shirley and Marilyn Kern-Foxworth. Facing Difference: Race, Gender, and Mass Media. Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press, 1997.
  • Bradley, Patricia and Gail Collins. Women and the Press: the Struggle for Equality. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 2005.
  • Broussard, Jinx Coleman. Giving a Voice to the Voiceless: Four Pioneering Black Women Journalists. New York: Routledge, 2004.
  • Cropp, Fritz, Cynthia M. Frisby and Dean Mills. Journalism Across Cultures. Ames: Iowa States Press, 2003.
  • Dijk, Teun Adrianus Van. Racism and the Press. New York: Routledge, 1991.
  • Gutierrez, Felix, Clint Wilson and Lena Chao. Racism, Sexism, and the Media: The Rise of Class Communication in Multicultural America. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2003.
  • Keever, Bevery Ann Deepe, et al., eds. U.S. News Coverage of Racial Minorities. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1997.
  • Morgan, Arlene Notoro, Keith Woods and Alice Irene Pifer. The Authentic Voice: The Best Reporting on Race and Ethnicity. New York: Columbia University Press, 2006.
  • Roberts, Gene and Hank Klibanoff. The Race Beat: the Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation. New York: Knopf, 2006.
  • Toth, Elizabeth L. and Linda Aldorry, eds. The Gender Challenge to Media: Diverse Voices from the Field. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press, 2001.
  • Van Dijk, Teun A. Racism and the Press. New York: Routledge, 1991.

Online Resources

 Alliance for Women in Media
http://www.awrt.org
AWM is dedicated to advancing the impact of women in electronic media and related fields.

Association for Women in Communications
http://www.womcom.org/
AWC champions the advancement of women across all communications disciplines.

Center for Integration and Improvement of Journalism
http://www.ciij.org/
CIIJ seeks to make journalism more inclusive from the classroom to the newsroom.

Diversity Best Practices (ACEJMC, 2003)
http://www.knightfoundation.org/
global/pdf/2003_Diversity_Best_Practices_Handbook.pdf
A handbook for journalism and mass communications educators.

The Essence of Excellence: Covering Race and Ethnicity (and doing it better)
http://livex.poynter.org/content/content_view.asp?id=5048
By Keith Woods, 2001.
This report for the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism was underwritten by the Workshop on Journalism, Race and Ethnicity.

Freedom Forum Diversity Institute
http://freedomforumdiversity.org/

Good Ideas in Newspaper Diversity
http://www.freedomforum.org/
templates/document.asp?documentID=17649
Freedom Forum Report, 2003.

International Women’s Media Foundation
http://www.iwmf.org/
IWMF was founded to strengthen the role of women in the media.

Maynard Institute
http://mije.org/
The Institute is dedicated to increasing racial and ethnic diversity in news coverage, staffing and business operations.

National Center on Disability and Journalism
http://www.ncdj.org/
NCDJ’s mission is to educate journalists and educators about disability reporting issues in order to produce more accurate, fair and diverse news reporting.

COURSE SCHEDULE (Indicative)

  • THEORETICAL APPROACHES TO SOCIAL AND CULTURAL DIVERSITY (WEEK 1-3)
  • REPORTING DIVERSITY: MIGRATION, RACE AND ETHNICITY (WEEK 4-6)
  • REPORTING DIVERSITY: FAITH AND RELIGION (WEEK 7-8)
  • REPORTING DIVERSITY: GENDER, SEXUALITY, AGE, DISABILITY (WEEK 9-10)
  • ISSUES IN JOURNALISM: FREEDOM OF SPEECH, ETHICS AND DEMOCRACY (WEEK 11)
  • NEW MEDIA ACTIVISM (WEEK 12)
  • PRESENTATION OF GROUP WORK (WEEK 13)