Civic Journalism and Social Justice
In this course, students will learn that journalists don't just report the news, they often have a responsibility to tell stories that inspire social change. The course explores sociological and historical perspectives of the role of journalism in identifying social problems and uncovering ways to resolve them. Students in this course will read The New York Times daily as one of their required texts. As part of this class, students will learn the basics of how to research and write news articles and go on assignments to cover events. Students will also develop and produce team Ted-style talks that focus on aspects of social justice and journalism.
Outside of the classroom, students might attend local government meetings, meeting with local micro-media outlets, travel to and meet with staff at the Richmond Times-Dispatch to attend Page One meetings. Other opportunities might involve having the students meet with community partners through a community based learning component to the course, for instance pairing with other students for a possible project on hunger in Richmond.