Amoshaun Phynn Toft
Provides hands-on experience in communicative practice and the production of media. Combines production and theory.
This course approaches the subject of media by combining the analysis of news media with the production of community radio journalism. We will delve into the world of media studies to explore how organizational norms shape journalistic routines, and how the resulting institutional cultures influences how we understand culture, politics and power. As we develop our analysis of news media organizations and content, we will begin to learn the skills of audio journalism: how can we research an issue or event that we want to cover, how do we do interviews and how do we edit a news story?
Student learning goals
In this course students will learn a) to understand the role of journalism and media representations in the social construction of issues and events, b) how to record and produce audio stories in the genre of community radio journalism, and c) to think reflectively about how our own mediated representations contribute to the social dialog about important issues and events in our communities.
General method of instruction
Class time will be a combination of lecture, small and large group discussion, analysis activities and skill building tasks.
An interest in media representation, media production and an enthusiasm for learning.
Class assignments and grading
You will be expected to do graded in-class activities, write short response papers to the course readings, and produce a range of audio-based assignments culminating in a radio story on a topic of your choosing. Opportunities will be provided to submit your work for distribution.
This course also offers an optional service learning component of a minimum of four hours per week for two additional credits. Participating students will work with an area organization involved in either media policy and community work, or in media production. Options include Reclaim the Media and the KBCS public affairs department. Contact the instructor at least two weeks before the first day of class if you are interested in this opportunity.