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Joanne Marcia Silberner
COM 460
Seattle Campus

Special Reporting Topics

Topics vary. Prerequisite: COM 360.

Class description

Be a foreign correspondent in your own backyard. King County is one of the most diverse counties in the nation. You'll learn how to report across social and cultural boundaries, as well as effective storytelling and organization for print and radio.

Student learning goals

The cultural competency needed to cover communities other than your own.

How to interview anybody about anything anywhere.

How to market your stories.

How to evaluate the health, social and political issues that affect immigrant and refugee communities.

How to find and express relevant data.

General method of instruction

In-class projects, lectures by the teacher and guests, conversations in class. This class is intended to reflect students' needs -- we'll spend some time the first day of class figuring out what needs to be emphasized.

Recommended preparation

COM 360 or 361, or permission from the teacher. Interest in other cultures, storytelling, and in-class interaction will help a student succeed in the course.

Class assignments and grading

Grading will be based on class participation, completion of one small and one big project (text, audio, or photography all acceptable after discussion with the instructor), several small projects (some in-class).

Class participation, quality of submitted stories, success in in-class assignments.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Joanne Marcia Silberner
Date: 02/10/2014