Cross-Cultural Journalism Resources


Week 2: An intro to thinking about race and ethnicity

Week 3: Media, Race and Privilege

Week 4: Race, Ethnicity and Immigration

Week 5: Gender and Media Representation

Week 6: Gender and Feminism

Week 7: Objectification, Male Gaze and Rape Culture

Week 8: Queer Studies and Media

Week 9: Class Politics and Media

Week 10: Mediated Conversations About Race, Politics and Capitalism

Week 11: Politics of Intersectionality

Week 12: Health Inequalities, Ability and the media

Week 13: The “War on Terror” and Islamophobia in Media


You Should Try It

A look at CoMo Aerial Arts

For my final project in my multimedia journalism class, we were assigned a group to work with. My group, Trevor Cleveland and Beth Beasley, we chose to cover CoMo Aerial Arts.

We divided and conquered the project, but worked to edit each of the projects. I created the audio story and designed the website.

Check out my project here.

B-like-B: a Baseball Team Feature

After a small-town‘s baseball star lost his battle with cancer, his legacy continued when a B-like-B, B-like-Bradon, baseball team was started. This team is unique because it focuses on kids who might have physical, mental, or financial limitations that would have prevented them from playing baseball before. Contributions can be sent to B-like-B in care of Tyler Wandfluh at 901 N. 15th Terrace Savannah, MO 64485.

J2150 NPR Final Scrip B-Like-B

Will Tyler

Tyler Wandfluh and Will Walker pose wearing Sarcoma awareness shirts.

Will and Bradon

Will Walker and Bradon Krull supporting the Savannah Savages during a football game.


Reflection on Skills: J2150 Blog Post 10

At the beginning of the semester, I didn’t know what ISO or shutter speed was, how to make a sequence, or what a zoom recorder is. Now, I can take photos on the manual setting, make videos with tight shot filled sequence shots and record crisp audio. It is hard to say what I am strongest in, since the teachers’ grading styles differ. I felt photography was the most challenging to figure the technique out, video was the hardest to edit, and audio was the simplest. I think I need to improve my video skills further, but overall, I could improve greatly in each skill. I think I need to work on creating relationships with Columbians that are not affiliated with Mizzou. I need to become a quicker editor. I don’t really know if it is possible to master that in the time of the rest of the course, but I think practice is the key. Knowing where I want the story to go before I conduct the interview and conducting quicker interviews will make the editing process a litter shorter. Additionally, being intentional on what b-roll I want to use for my videos. As I prepare to start my final project, I have been assigned the audio story for my group. I am excited to produce the audio story because it is simple to do. I enjoy the creativity of adding the natural sounds and picking what the important things the listener to hear. I am also looking forward to helping my partners edit the video and pictures. Helping them edit will give me additional practice in editing, which will help me reduce my editing time. I will be able to work on sequencing and avoiding jump cuts. My favorite part about the final assignment is that we will be combining multiple mediums to tell a story.

Significance of Music: Ian Teoh Feature

Music helps heal wounded souls and bring them back on their feet. Ian Teoh, musician and student at the University of Missouri, speaks of the impact music has on his life. He plays the piano, ukulele, sings, and writes his own music.

You can find him on SoundCloud @justiantime

Some featured songs:

Happy by Ian Teoh

Autumn by Ian Teoh

Will You Still Love Me by Ian Teoh

Say Anything (cover) by Marianas Trench


Naomi Klinge feature

Nicholas Kristof, columnist for the New York Times, might have some additional competition when Naomi Klinge, freshman journalism student at the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism, graduates. Klinge is inspired by Kristof’s attention to underrepresented communities abroad. She would like to put a political twist on his column.

“I’m really interested in the differences between what the public in a country wants and what the government is doing.”

Klinge’s double major in journalism and political science will serve as a foundation for her future aspirations.

“My specific purpose in life is to bring out change in the world.”

For now, Klinge is working hard in her beginning classes, setting a firm foundation of knowledge to help her achieve her life mission.

What I want journalists to know about being a rape survivor

What I want journalists to know about being a rape survivor.

I’ve always been petrified to tell my story. I have seen the way females are portrayed in the media after being sexually assaulted, and it absolutely scares the shit out of me. I never wanted to be viewed as a lesser human being, especially when it came to my sexuality. As a woman, I am not ashamed to say that I am sexually active. That being said, I make it a point to have a verbal, consensual agreement with my sexual partner before doing anything either of us may or may not be comfortable with.

I was raped my sophomore year of college. It happened in a way that I never expected. He was my friend, and I trusted him. What sickens me the most about the whole thing is that my best friend was in the room next door, and she couldn’t hear my muffled calls for help.

I felt sad, empty, and alone.

I didn’t tell anyone for months, partially out of fear of judgment, but mostly because I didn’t want our mutual friends to be forced to pick sides. His fraternity brothers were my friends and thought I was a fun person, so what would they think of me if they knew about it?

 I remember seeing my assailant on campus a few weeks after it happened. I literally froze with fear, and that’s not an exaggeration. I froze in my steps and could not will myself to move until he was out of sight. My breath was so shallow that my chest was barely rising with each inhale. At this point, I knew that he had this sort of power over me that would be difficult to shake.

After the assault, in just 3 months, I had lost 27 pounds. I suffered from major depression, anxiety, and PTSD. I would often wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat, having to spend several minutes convincing myself that my flashback was only a dream. My most recent sexual encounter could not have ended worse, as well. This was a person I care a lot about, and yet, despite being aware that it was him I was having sex with, I still could not stop having intense flashbacks to the night of my assault. I eventually told my partner that we had to stop because I could not quell the panic intensifying in my gut.

That is what I want journalists to know.

It’s traumatic.

It’s mentally and physically debilitating.

 It changes you forever.

As survivors, we are already scared as hell to even be within the same city as our assailant, so when we decide to seek justice, we are putting ourselves in an even more peril position. Some viewers might see us as “brave” or as an “advocate” for those who don’t have to strength to speak out. But mostly, in modern media, we are viewed as “easy,” “careless,” and worst of all, “someone who was asking for it.” Not only are we in a weakened mindset from our own self-destructive thoughts and behaviors, but being labeled as nothing more than that makes us want to crawl back into that hole of solitude we had dug down into for months.

I want journalists to know that, while we appreciate the willingness of them to write down our story, that we just want the truth to be put on paper. We just want our story to be respected and viewed objectively. We are not victims, hence the reason I have consistently used to word “survivor” to describe us. We are not to be reduced to smaller versions of ourselves because of what happened.

It’s been one year, one month, 2 days, and 21 hours since the attack. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about it. As expected, there are good and bad days. On the good days, I feel stronger and able to conquer my fear of being on campus knowing that he could be just around the corner. On the bad days, it’s difficult to even get out of bed.

I want to tell my story to let other survivors know that they are strong; that they too can overcome that mental grasp their assailant has on them. However, I really just don’t believe that I can with the current atmosphere that survivors have to live in. I truly believe that there are journalists out there that feel the same way that I do, that want to tell the truth and be that support system for the survivor. But at the same time, that’s not the story that sells in our current society.

I hope that this letter helps you in your endeavors as a journalist. I hope that it makes you want to exploit the truth, not an embellished version of our real-life nightmare.

This letter was written by an anonymous individual.

Submit your own letter to a journalist by emailing me at, Facebook or Twitter @monicajdunn.

Resources for sexual violence survivors

Reflection on Q&A with Gloria Steinem: J2150 Blog Post 7

The objective of the interview was to give the reader a look at the life of Gloria Steinem. The questions the reporter, Rosanna Greenstreet, asked allowed Steinem to ponder various events and thoughts she has. The order Greenstreet asks the questions was a bit surprising. One would expect Greenstreet to start with more shallow questions. However, she asks what Steinem’s greatest fear is. Greenstreet was not concerned with the surface- level questions because those are overdone. She wanted to really get a look at Steinem on a personal level. I think she starts with a more serious question as well to grab the readers’ attention. Later in the interview, Greenstreet asks more goofy questions such as Steinem’s favorite smell and word. The difference is these are more off-the-beaten-path type questions. I believe that Greenstreet was informed when she was conducting the interview. It is apparent she did her research for two reasons. First, Greenstreet begins the question and answer article with an overview of Steinem’s life. Greenstreet explains that Steinem is a popular political activist and feminist organizer that has written many books, a documentary and founded Ms magazine. Second, Greenstreet asked questions that are not common. To do so, she would have needed to do research on what is already known of Steinem. If I was conducting the interview, I would have asked some additional questions that would lead Steinem to explain why she does what she does and what her inspiration has been. There were a few of her responses that I think deserved a follow- up question. For example, when Steinem tells the story of the expensive boots, she does not mention how much they cost or if she even wore them ever. I would have asked her more on the two old lovers she behaved poorly with, being a Playboy Bunny for an exposé, and why she went to two Soviet-era communist youth. Additionally, I would have asked if she misses having an active sex life as well, what battling cancer three times was like, and how she felt when she found out she had cancer for the third time. Finally, I would have asked what she wants her greatest achievement to be. Interviewing Steinem is a newsworthy person because she is a face for the feminist movement. This article was published the Saturday before International Women’s Day which saw protests for women’s rights as well.


Article referenced:


Photo credit: Christopher Lane for the Guardian

Blog Post 6: Visual Storytelling

The video “The Obamacare provision that saved thousands from bankruptcy” incorporates storytelling elements that push the narrative to make an impact. A narrative arc is the flow of a story. Typically, the story will begin at the beginning and end at the end. For the most part, this story follows that path. This video additionally is focused around a central compelling character, Timmy, that allows the viewer to connect emotionally with the story. A compelling character allows a complex subject like health care tangibility by connecting it to a human element. Conflict and tension are packed in the story. Conflict and tension give the story energy and reason for being. We do not know what will happen in Congress with the Affordable Care Act. We never know if Timmy will be fine or not. Sarah Kliff, reporter, uses data and expert opinion throughout the video. She breaks down the complexity of the Affordable Care Act and includes numbers and data to support her thesis. She incorporates viewpoints from the family members and congress officials. This creates tension throughout the story as well.


Even though the story runs long, the viewers are engaged the entire time. The viewer wants to know if it will work out, if we have a happy ending. The tension of the story keeps them hooked. My biggest critic of this story, however, is the videographer never gets on Timmy’s level. Most of the story, we are looking down on Timmy. Getting on Timmy’s level would create a more intimate moment between the viewer and Timmy. My second critic is there was a spot with a bad jump cut. Kliff wanted to use two different sound bites from the mom back-to-back, but failed to put any broll over the dialogue. The result, is you have a clip with Timmy and his mom in the shot, and then another clip with just Timmy’s mom.