Joanne Marcia Silberner
Topics vary. Prerequisite: COM 360.
Reporting across borders: This class will focus on reporting on social, economic and health issues faced by immigrant communities in south Seattle. You'll learn how to work in a community where you're essentially a foreigner, how to understand a different culture, and how to write about it all with meaning and grace.
Student learning goals
Cultural competency -- how to do journalism in a community that is not your own.
Storytelling -- how to tell compelling stories that bring viewers/readers/listeners to places they've never been before.
New media -- how to use data (in the form of graphs, charts, tables, etc.) to tell a story.
Work in the medium of your choice, and learn about others. Print, radio, video and websites are all encouraged.
General method of instruction
Lectures by the teacher and guests, conversations in class, writing assignments.
COM 360 or 361, or by permission from the teacher. An interest in diversity, willingness to participate in class, and a desire to tell stories will help a student succeed in the course.
Class assignments and grading
Composing print, web, radio or video stories about issues facing immigrant communities.
Class participation and quality of submitted stories.