D:F/M – Ethnic News Reporting: 399.31

Because Blackboard at City University of New York is down* (“Blackboard Down” makes me think of Ridley Scott’s and Mark Bowden’s Black Hawk Down, about a crash-and-burn crisis ever there was one), some  D:f/M instructors are hawking their “wares” to students on fm-l and, of course, a teeny-weeny few like me hawk on Hunter-L as well:


This experimental class uses multimedia via the WORD, Youtube, podcasting, blogging, twitter, facebook, myspace, et. al – to teach students how to tell and disseminate stories about issues in immigrant and ethnic communities.

It is a real-world oriented course unlike any of the other journalism courses in D:F/M because one of its goals is to teach students how to disseminate news and information. Of course, what students learn in this course in terms of telling stories and how to disseminate them can be applied to other areas of interest.

399.31 may be too much for students cruising for C’s and B’s (and, dare I say, easy A’s) but for students who are serious about journalism and want to learn how to make a difference in their lives and the lives of their communities, this is a course to consider. Because of the work of previous students who took this class or worked on projects similar to those assignments in 399.31 (plus some recent developments and some other “stuff” in the works), this class is linked to some of the most significant emerging institutions, persons of influence and movements in journalism today as this profession undergoes radical change. 


*Sometimes completely unavailable, sometimes partially unavailable. It’s all the same to me: Down.

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