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Friday, October 8 • 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Pandemic, Prejudice and Positionality—Tactics for Teaching Race in 2021

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In 2020, the race issue was the one thing that managed to shift the news media’s focus away from a once-in-a-century worldwide pandemic. Indeed, racial prejudice is one issue that has, in fact, been with us since before the last Pandemic. The race riots of the early 1900s pre-date the Spanish Flu of 1918. They led to the birth of organizations such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), which began in 1909 by a multicultural group of individuals determined to address the senseless murders of people of color. In similar fashion, a multicultural group of individuals is needed to facilitate learning about race in multiple instructional settings within the journalism and mass communication arena today.

As controversial as stories and statements about race may be, it is equally as complicated and confusing for instructors to determine the best way to deliver instruction on this particular type of diversity. Faculty in journalism and mass communication bear a heavy burden to “get it right” when they discuss race and racism in the classroom. Not only do students deal with their own development in understanding race and racism, they will also be preparers of messages for others who consume media. This panel addresses the several eminent aspects to teaching race in journalism and mass communication education based on their contributions to the edited volume Teaching Race: Struggles, Strategies, and Scholarship for the Mass Communication classroom, which will be released in August.

Moderators
avatar for Robin Blom

Robin Blom

Associate Professor of Journalism, Ball State University
I am an associate professor in the Department of Journalism and director of the Unified Research Lab (URL) at Ball State University, as well as graduate director of our master's program in journalism and co-faculty advisor of Cardinal Metrics, a student-run media analytics agency... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Cristina Azocar

Cristina Azocar

Journalism Department, San Francisco State University
Cristina Azocar is on the faculty of the Department of Journalism for San Francisco State University. Azocar, also a graduate of the department, was the director of Center for the Integration and Improvement of Journalism for 10 years. Under her leadership, CIIJ grew from a regional... Read More →
avatar for George L. Daniels

George L. Daniels

Associate Professor, University of Alabama
In October 2020, I began serving as the Broadcast Education Association's Faculty Fellow for Diversity and Inclusion.  I teach graduate and undergraduate students in electronic news reporting, mass media diversity and community-engaged learning courses.  I worked in local television... Read More →
avatar for Masudul Biswas

Masudul Biswas

Associate Professor of Communication, Loyola University Maryland
I teach digital and emerging media courses at Loyola University Maryland. My wide range of research interests include diversity and digital media education in journalism and communication curriculum, ethnic and community media, diversity and journalism, comparative media, and global... Read More →
avatar for Gabriel Tait

Gabriel Tait

Associate Professor, Ball State Uinversity
Gabriel Tait is an associate professor of diversity and media at Ball State University, as well as the Fall 2021 Distinguished Faculty Fellow for the Office of Inclusive Excellence. He is also the vice-chair of the Professional Freedom & Responsibility Standing Committee for the... Read More →


Friday October 8, 2021 2:45pm - 3:45pm EDT
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