JOUR 411 - Race & Diversity in Media
Schedule
Week #1Introduction; Words / definitions Week #2 Language / Media / Social Media
Week #3 Labor Day / Culture Week #4 Exclusion / Inclusion
Week #5Race / Ethnicity Week #6Identity
Week #7Identity / Social Class Week #8Power & Politics
Week #9 News & Politics on Campus Week #10 Style & Cultural Appropriation
Week #11Stereotypes Week #12 Gender & Sexuality
Week #13 Generation Gap Week #14 Thanksgiving Break
Week #15Disability / Religion Week #16Sports Coverage / Trends

Resources for Journalists and PR pros

Week #1

Aug. 21 – Introduction to course

Discussion: Course expectations, syllabus, schedule

Participation: What's in a name?

In-class video: Just try saying my name right (Decoded: Season 4, Ep. 7)

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Aug. 23 – Words, Definitions & Civility

Read before class: Online – Scaramucci Brings Trash Talk to the White House (NYT, July 27, 2017) Ignore the video. The content relevant to class discussion is in the story text.

What to take from it:

  • Why were the comments so offensive?
  • What, exactly, was offensive?
  • Who might be offended? Why?

Online – "11 racist and offensive phrases that people still use all the time" (Business Insider, 2013)

Skim before class: OnlineIntroducing Chescaleigh

Discussion: How to discuss without offending; What does civility look like? What does it not look like? Examples: Power differences with free speech; Jason Kessler speaks; What it really looked like; and how about this?; Seven Dirty Words

Participation: Setting boundaries

In-class video: Is racist the n-word for whites? (Decoded: Season 4, Ep. 9)
Are cracker, white trash and redneck racist? (Decoded: Season 4, Ep. 4)

Semester-long assignment: Spark Synthesis Journal

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Week #2

Aug. 28 – The Significance of Language

Read before class: Pop Culture Freaks, Chapter 1 – "The Matrix is Everywhere"

Discussion: This; Signs, signifying and representation

Assignment: Media Consumption, Part I: Social Media Survey (due Wednesday, Sept. 6)

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Aug. 30 – What is media? What is social media?

Read before class: Social Media Freaks, Chapter 2 – "The Social Structure of Social Media";
Online – Social Media Literacy: The Five Concepts
Online – Want a new emoji? Good luck. (The Nib, Warner, March 2017
Online – Who gets to use Facebook's new 'Pride' reaction? (The Atlantic, June, 2017

Discussion: Defining "media" in a digital age; feeds, friends and algorithms

Assignment: Media Consumption, Part I: Social Media Survey (due Wednesday, Sept. 6)

Reminder: Spark Synthesis Journal must be completed before 10 a.m. Friday

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Week #3

Sept. 4 – Labor Day (campus closed)

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Sept. 6 – What is culture?

Read before class: BBLearn – "Where Magic Lives" (posted in "Readings" folder)

Discussion: Cultural production and the significance of cultural objects

Participation: Get in order

Assignment due: Media Consumption, Part I: Social Media Survey

Assignment: Media Consumption, Part II: Media Demographics Scorecard (due Monday, Sept. 18)

Reminder: Spark Synthesis Journal must be completed before 10 a.m. Friday


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Week #4

Sept. 11 – Exclusion, Inclusion & the Concept of "Other"

Read before class: Online – Many don't like results of genetic ancestry DNA tests (Business Insider, Aug. 17, 2017)
Online – Tolerance

Discussion: Check our bias to wreck our bias (NYT, March 2017);
Representation & Oklahoma City;
Representation and 9/11;
Do you live in a bubble? (NPR quiz, March 2016)

Participation: Get off the fence

In-class video: Race ambassadors: Do you speak for your entire race? (Decoded: Season 4, Ep. 12)

Assignment: Media Consumption, Part II: Media Demographics Scorecard (due Monday, Sept. 18)

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Sept. 13 – No class

Read and consider: Trans-Blackness: Rachel Dolezal and racial identity (CNN, April 2017)

Watch: The difference between Hispanic, Latino and Latinx; and,
Do you have a racial preference?

Do:
1. Take the race bias quiz;
2. Watch "We all have racial bias" (Mic, February, 2017)
3. Optional follow up – Seven-day Bias Cleanse

Assignment: Media Consumption, Part II: Media Demographics Scorecard (due Monday, Sept. 18)

Reminder: Spark Synthesis Journal must be completed and updated before 10 a.m. Friday

 

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Week #5

Sept. 18 – Differentiating Race, Ethnicity & Identity

Read before class: Pop Culture Freaks, Chapter 2 – "Racial Perspectives"
Online – "Harry Potter and the Imbalance of Race" (Poynter, Keith Woods, 2005)
Online – "The invention of 'Hispanics'" (Timeline, March 2017)

Discussion: What makes up who we are?

In-class video: Soul Man trailer and last scene (1986);
When did you realize your race? (Decoded: Season 3, Ep. 12);
Peanut butter, jelly & racism (NYT, March 2017)

Participation: When did you realize your race? Rate your professor

Due today: Media Demographics Scorecard

Assignment: Auto-ethnography, Part I – Demographic Inventory (Due Monday, Sept. 25)

Reminder: Spark Synthesis Journal must be completed and updated before 10 a.m. Friday

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Sept. 20 – What is race?

Read before class: Social Media Freaks, Chapter 7 – "Racial Perspectives on Social Media"
Online – What is race?
Online – Who gets to say they don't see race?

Discussion: What does it mean to be color blind? Social media as a haven for diversity.
Social media preferences vary by race and ethnicity; Latinas and tech use
How Black people use Twitter; People of color were the only reason Vine was good

In-class video: White People (MTV, 2015); Stephen Colbert on race (The Colbert Report, 2009)
Why Color Blindness Will Not End Racism (Decoded: Season 3, Ep. 6)

Assignment: Auto-ethnography, Part I – Demographic Inventory (Due Monday, Sept. 25)

Reminder: Spark Synthesis Journal must be completed and updated before 10 a.m. Friday

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Week #6

Sept. 25 – What is ethnicity?

Read before class: Online – Who was she? (The Washington Post, July, 2017)
DNA tests and sometimes surprising results (The NYT, April, 2017)

Discussion: How I feel. Are you who you think you are? Do you want to know?
How is ethnicity portrayed on TV? In movies? In music videos? In the news?
Misc: How race riots have shaped America; OJ verdict was payback for Rodney King;
The Holliday video; Weekend coverage of National Anthem protests; Why take a knee

In-class video: Race, Ethnicity & Jelly Beans; George Lopez DNA test; Snoop Dogg DNA;
Latinos get their DNA tested (Thanks, Jae!); Black people get their DNA tested

Due today: Demographic Inventory

Assignment for 9/27 participation: Six-word Memoir

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Sept. 27 – What is identity?

Read before class: Pop Culture Freaks, Chapter 7 – "Global Perspectives"
Online – Why don't you just pick one?
Online – Normie, token, Asian, whitewashed

Discussion: Understanding the social construction of identity;
Seinfeld, "The Wizard" (Season 9, Episode 15, 1998)
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner trailer (1967); clip
Guess Who? (2005); Get Out (2017); and Get Out II

Participation: Six-word Memoir

Reminder: Spark Synthesis Journal must be completed and updated before 10 a.m. Friday

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Week #7

Oct. 2 – What is identity?

Read before class: Social Media Freaks, Chapter 8 – "Social Media Toolbox"
Online – Intersectionality Explainer (Timeline, Aug. 30, 2017)
Online – What would the yellow ranger do?
Audio – Not-so-simple questions from Code Switch listeners – advance warning: This is 20 minutes long, but really worth the time (NPR Code Switch, March 2017)

Discussion: The 8 wokest white people we know;
Microassaults, microinsults, microinvalidations, microaggressions;
media's influence on identity construction – skin lightening and darkening;
advertising: Garnier, L'oréal, Clairol, Shea Moisture, Always, Met-Rx,
Mac, Fenty, Cover Girl, Maybelline, Tonl, ColorStock

In-class video: How microaggressions are like mosquito bites;
Hollywood movies explain microaggressions;
13 things white people take for granted
(Decoded: Season 1, Ep. 4)

Resource: Check out Code Switch

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Oct. 4 – What is social class?

Read before class: Pop Culture Freaks, Chapter 3 – "Class Perspectives"
Online – Why do we think poor people are poor because of their own bad choices? (The Guardian, July 5, 2017)

Discussion: iPhones or healthcare? (The Verge, March 2017);
A crash course in social class; Inequality is...;
How class works (who is rich? what does it take to get ahead?);
The privileges of social dominance; white privilege; assimilation

In-class video: Why we're awkward (NYT, March 2017)
Why does privilege make people so angry? (Decoded: Season 2, Ep. 13);

Reminder: Spark Synthesis Journal must be completed and updated before 10 a.m. Friday

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Week #8

Oct. 9 – What is social class?

Read before class: Social Media Freaks, Chapter 6 – "Class Perspectives on Social Media"
Online – Understanding rising social inequality (NYT, Sept. 3, 2017)

Discussion: How is social class represented/reinforced on TV? In movies?
My Fair Lady (1964, Audrey Hepburn, Rex Reed);
Pretty Woman (1990, Julia Roberts, Richard Gere)
Rhizomes;
Dear White People (2017, Netflix)

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Oct. 11 – Power & Politics

Read before class: Online – Fake or Real? (NPR, All Things Considered, Dec. 5, 2016)
Online – How Russia harvested American rage to reshape U.S. politics (NYT, Oct. 10, 2017)
Online – Student activitist's killing still unsolved (ChicoSol, Sept. 30, 2017)

Discussion: Dog whistles; frustration; how power reproduces itself;
Wealth inequality since the Great Recession (Pew Research Center, November 2017)

In-class video: Spreading messages via signs (Mic, Aug. 25, 2017)

Reminder: Spark Synthesis Journal must be completed and updated before 10 a.m. Friday

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Week #9

Oct. 16 – Power & Politics

Read before class: BBLearn – "Walking in the city" in an age of mobile technologies (Mejia, pp. 113-117); Online – "The meaning of 'Despacito' in the age of Trump" (NYT, Aug. 4, 2017);
Online – Covering a country where race is everywhere

Discussion: Celebrities and politics; How does technology change how you move through your everyday spaces? Views about whether whites benefit from societal advantages split sharply along racial, partisan lines (Pew, Sept. 28, 2017)

Mark your calendar: Campus speaker on conversations on race – 
noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, BMU 210

Resource: Real Talk: WOC & Allies

In-class video: I Love You, America (Oct. 12, 2017); Lady Gaga on kindness; Eminem; Reaction;
2017 New Years Resolutions for White Guys (MTV - Decoded, December, 2016); Cancelled?
"See me in my Black skin" (MTV - Look Different, Oct. 2016)

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Oct. 18 – Politics on Campus

Read before class (in this order): Online – "Debunking GSEC Myths" (The Orion, May 10, 2017);
BBLearn – "Free Speech and University Values" (President Hutchinson, ;
Online – "Heat Street charts a course through the culture wars" (Politico, May 31, 2016);
BBLearn – "Chico State professor attacks student as 'sh**ty' and 'repugnant'" (Heat Street, June 12, 2017)

Discussion: Free speech or hate speech? SPLC Campus Guide; "A campus more colorful than reality" (NPR, December 2013)

In-class video: Student perspectives on César Chávez (The Orion, April 1, 2016);
Is PC culture anti-free speech? (Decoded, Season 2, Ep. 15)

Reminder: Spark Synthesis Journal must be completed and updated before 10 a.m. Friday

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Week #10

Oct. 23 – Media Influences on Self Image & Personal Style

Read before class: Social Media Freaks, Chapter 5 – "GamerGate: Gender Perspectives"
Online – Our tangled world of hair (NYT, April 9, 2017)
Online – The disappearing woman (Al Jazeera America, July 2015)
Online – How I learned to love being a hairy lady (The Nib, September 2017)

Discussion: What influence do media and social media have on your personal style? Brief history of personal style – why do women shave? Why do WoC adapt their hair styles?

In-class video: The Neighborhood: The Landing Strip (2010); Topiary (2015);
Annalise takes off the wig (How to Get Away with Murder, “Let’s Get Scooping,” S 1, Ep. 4);
Viola Davis explains (Access Hollywood, 2014);
Embracing what's natural (NYT Student Journalism Institute, June 2017)
The Ugly Business of Beauty Apps (Internetting with Amanda Hess, Ep. 2, NYT)

Mark your calendar: Campus speaker on conversations on race – 
noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, BMU 210

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Oct. 25 – Cultural Appropriation

Read before class: BBLearn – "'Why don't you act your color?': Pre-teen girls, identity, and popular music" (Tracy, pp. 81-86)
Online – The fabric of appropriation
Online – What to do with a culturally appropriative tattoo (Mashable, March 2016)

Mark your calendar: Campus speaker on conversations on race – 
noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, BMU 210

Discussion: Cultural Appropriation Primer; Cultural appropriation is a bigger problem than...;
What's the story behind Stephen Curry's Hebrew tattoo?
Long after protest, students shun University of Missouri;
Growing ethos of disgust with college campuses

In-class video: 7 myths about cultural appropriation debunked (Decoded: Season 2, Ep. 20);
We Can't Stop (2013)

Assignment for Nov. 1 participation: Halloween costume review

Reminder: Spark Synthesis Journal must be completed and updated before 10 a.m. Friday

Assignment: Auto-ethnography, Part II (due Monday, Nov. 6)

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Week #11

Oct. 30 – Stereotypes

Read before class: BBLearn – "Who is American?" (Alhabash & Cunningham, pp. 38-51);
Online – Diversity is in your head (NYT, Oct. 16, 2017);
Online – Different ad, different ethnicities, same car (NYT, Oct. 12, 2017)

Discussion: What is a stereotype? How do they happen? Cultivation & hegemony

In-class video: What to do when someone tells a racist joke (Decoded, Season 1, Ep. 5); Juneteenth (Black-ish, Episode 1, Season 4)

Interesting: The Frightful Five: How five tech giants have become more like governments than companies (Fresh Air, NPR, Oct. 26, 2017)

Participation mini-assignment: Non-verbal interview, due at start of class Wednesday

Assignment: Auto-ethnography, Part II (due Monday, Nov. 6)

Optional – Take this quiz:

 

Political Typology Quiz (Pew Research Center, October 2017)

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Nov. 1 – The Influence of Stereotypes

Due: Non-verbal interview

Read before class: BBLearn – "The social psychology of stereotypes" (Gorham, pp. 17-23)
Online – What do we mean when we say "toxic masculinity"?

Discussion: Halloween roundup – David Walliams
Appropriation or not: Dia de los Muertos
How do stereotypes play out in our everyday lives?

In-class video: 12 racist Halloween costumes for kids (Decoded, Season 2, Ep. 4)

Reminder: Spark Synthesis Journal must be completed and updated before 10 a.m. Friday

Assignment: Auto-ethnography, Part II (due Monday, Nov. 6)

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Week #12

Nov. 6 – Media Representations of Gender & Sexuality

Due: Auto-ethnography, Part II

Read before class: Pop Culture Freaks, Chapter 5, "Sexuality Perspectives"
Online – Exploring the effects of Black Girl Magic (Nielsen, Oct. 5, 2017)
Online – I'm tired of performing trauma: Respones to #MeToo (Medium, October 2017)
Online – Super Bowl halftime news sparks #JusticeForJanet outrage (EW, October 2017)

Discussion: Heteronormativity and the media; Gender gap; More than 40 women have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment or assault (CNN, 10/18/18);
What could a social media platform like FB do with this technology?

In-class video: What's a real man? (Decoded, Seasons 5, Ep. 2); Ellen; Ellen 20 years later; Kevin Spacey

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Nov. 8 – Media Representations of Gender & Sexuality

Read before class: Social Media Freaks, Chapter 3, "Sexuality Perspectives"

Discussion: Chris Crocker; Trends; Language matters more than ever; Reviews; Comments; Researchers use facial recognition tools to predict sexual orientation (Washington Post, Sept. 12, 2017)

In-class video: 5 transgender tropes that need to stop now (Decoded, Season 5, Episode 3)
Rain Dove (Mic, July 18, 2017); Transformation

Reminder: Spark Synthesis Journal must be completed and updated before 10 a.m. Friday

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Week #13

Nov. 13 – No class

Make an extra-credit journal entry: Go back to something you've read / viewed for class or we discussed that you want to explore further. Spark Synthesis Journal must be completed and updated before 10 a.m. Friday

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Nov. 15 – Media Representations of Age

Read before class: BBLearn – "Understanding Generational Differences" (Finneman, pp. 273-291)

Optional reading (yes, it's another comic): What white Americans misunderstand about mixed-race Latinx identity (The Nib, Nov. 10, 2017)

Discussion: Generational differences – do they exist? Good Old Days;
This is the time (Billy Joel, 1986); In my life (Beatles, 1965); It's a thing...;
Connecting across generations and becoming a fossil (The Nib, May 22, 2017);
Age and media – Amy Schumer's perspective (2015); Thelma & LouiseUrban Cowboy;
Searching for Debra Winger (2002); Wonder Woman (2017)

Assignment: Final Project

Reminder: Spark Synthesis Journal must be completed and updated before 10 a.m. Friday

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Week #14

Nov. 20 & 22 – Thanksgiving Break (campus closed)

Holiday video: Everything you know about Thanksgiving is wrong (Decoded, Season 2, Ep. 8)

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Week #15

Nov. 27 – Media Representations of Disability

Read before class: Pop Culture Freaks, Chapter 6, "Disability Perspectives"
(skip Methodology Moments)
Online – "Roxane Gay's complicated 'Hunger'" (The New Yorker, June 26, 2017);
Play Buzzfeed's "Can you travel from Glasgow to London?"
Six forms of ableism (Mic, 2015)

Assignment: Final Project

Discussion: How is disability (in)visible in the media? How accurately does that reflect the U.S. population? Symbolic annihilation

Professional resources

In-class video: Sometimes you're a caterpillar;
Roxane Gay – Fitting into the world (Trevor Noah, June 12, 2017);
5 mental health issues that have to go (Decoded, Season 5, Episode 5)

A couple of wrap-up things from the journals: Shootings and toxic masculinity (Cydney)
Generations (Michael)

Tech tweet

"Over the Rainbow" by Todrick Hall from Straight Outta Oz (This is amazing – thanks, Sandii!)


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Nov. 29 – Media Representations of Religion

Take this online quiz before class: Belief-O-Matic®

Read before class: Online – American's changing relationship with religion (Vox, 2016);
Media Portrayals of Religion: Islam;
Media Portrayals of Religion: Judaism;
Media Portrayals of Religion: Christianity

Participation: Share your Belief-O-Matic® results; See what others believe;
7 steps toward bliss; Wonder

Professional resource: Religion Stylebook

In-class video: Top 5 biggest myths about religion;
on Twitter today (11/29/17), retweets about Muslims; Great Britain response
Bridge to Terabithia trailer (Disney, 2007);
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
(Disney, 2005);
Monks of Myanmar (BBC, September, 2017)

Unrelated, but interesting, video: The Ugly Business of Beauty Apps (Internetting with Amanda Hess, Ep. 2, NYT)

Assignment: Final Project; proposal DUE

Reminder: Spark Synthesis Journal must be completed and updated before 10 a.m. Friday

Video to watch on your own: How to talk (and listen) to transgender people (Thanks, Jae!)

 

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Week #16

Dec. 4 – Race & Diversity in Sports Coverage

Read before class: Online – Superfight for the Toxic Masculinity Belt;
The Noise by Stephen Curry (Nov. 11, 2017)
NFL fans are divided over how NFL players express themselves politically (NPR, Sept. 19, 2017);
Teen girl posed as a man to write about baseball and harass women (Deadspin, Nov. 9, 2017)

Other: WNBA receives "A" on race and gender report card (Nov. 15, 2017)
Jemele Hill on doing the right thing (Undefeated, Sept. 27, 2017);
ESPN suspends Jemele Hill for controversial tweet (NPR, Oct. 10, 2017)

Assignment: Final Project

What's it like being Muslim in America? (Kumail Nanjiani, July 2017 – Nanjiani is the creator of The Big Sick)

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Dec. 6 – Future-shaping Trends

Read before class: That time you failed to follow up on diversity (Melissa Nightingale, March 2017)

Assignment: Final Project

Related to last class: A mixed-race royal couple? Wouldn't be the first (NYT, Nov. 30, 2017);
Beyoncé presents Kaepernick with Muhammad Ali Legacy Award (USA Today, Dec. 5, 2017)

Miscellaneous: Hold up: Time for an explanatory comma (NPR Code Switch, December 2016)

Things to follow: Race Related (NYT); Code Switch (NPR); The World (PRI); Decoded (MTV)

In-class video: The White Internet's Love Affair with Digital Black Face (Internetting with Amanda Hess, Ep. 5, NYT

Reminder: Spark Synthesis Journal must be completed and updated before 10 a.m. Friday


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Final exam

6 to 7:50 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11, THMA 130

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Susan Wiesinger  |  Department of Journalism & Public Relations |  California State University, Chico