Cross-Cultural Journalism Resources

Intro

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

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.

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Tyler Wandfluh and Will Walker pose wearing Sarcoma awareness shirts.

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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

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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.

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: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/mar/04/gloria-steinem-what-makes-me-unhappy-seeing-anybody-rendered-invisible

 

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.

 

 

http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/2/15/14563182/obamacare-lifetime-limits-ban

Sourcing: J2150 Blog Post 4

On Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, President Trump spoke at a rally in Florida. During this rally, he listed countries that have accepted refugees in great numbers that have had terror attacks. He included Sweden, saying, “Look at what is happening last night in Sweden. They took in large numbers. They are having problems like they never thought possible.” Washington Post wrote an article over this comment. There is some truth in his statement. Sweden took in the most refugees per capita out of all European countries at the height of the migrant influx in 2015. However, Sweden had nothing happen that Friday night. The headline from Friday night was about Melfest, a musical competition.

Washington Post incorporated different sources to create a compelling story. The first source Washington Post uses is a tweet from the @sweden Twitter account.

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Sweden’s national Twitter is ran by a different Swedish citizen each week. This week, it was a librarian named Emma. She tweeted, after the influx of tweets @her explaining that nothing happened in Sweden. Emma became a slight internet sensation for how she handled Trump’s false statement, so incorporating her voice at the beginning engages readers from a personal connection with her on Twitter.

Washington then provides a video clip of Trump’s speech where he talked about the Sweden.

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The video provides some context surrounding his statement. Including this clip is essential background information for the readers to understand the situation.

Washington Post incorporates sources from current and previous governmental officials as well as common citizens. This gives voice to the story.

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Washington Post used a quote from a spokeswoman for the Swedish Foreign Ministry as well as a tweet from the Embassy of Sweden US.

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Washington Post used tweets from former Swedish prime ministers Carl Bildt and Alexander Stubb.

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The Washington Post writer Rick Noack, gathered his sources from Twitter and embedded them into his article. Additionally, he used quotes from other publications such as the Associated Press or his speech. The sources are reliable because they show how the general Swedish population reacted. Noack did a good job in providing a range of sources from normal citizens to officials, from women to men.

Article link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/02/19/sweden-has-no-idea-what-trump-meant-when-he-said-you-look-at-whats-happening-in-sweden/?utm_term=.b59a53bf59ce

[Featured Image by Chris O’Meara/AP Images]