Diversity, Race and Media: From Films and TV to Podcasts and New Media
In 2020, the global wave of protests following George Floyd’s assassination became a wake-up call for media makers to denounce systemic racism. Since then, there has been a proliferation of media reports that some critics say are superficial and lacking signs of substantive or impactful social change. As our world continues to consume media in a variety of forms –visual media, podcasts, digital platforms–it remains essential to question the circulation of biased assumptions and racial stereotypes through different outlets that often overlap offline and online. In this class, we will analyze the relationships between these different media and audiences, information, and power through the lens of critical race media literacy. You will gain a more complex understanding of our contemporary mediascape, and examine how individuals, groups and organizations construct media messages about race that reflect their own values. Every week, we will look at different media–from films and social promotions to podcasts and social networks–focusing on a specific case study to analyze techniques media producers use to hold our attention. At the end of the course, students will analyze a news report, a trope through different media outlets, or create a short transmedia project on the topic of their choice.
Registering at least three weeks prior to the course start date is highly recommended.
You'll Walk Away with
- An understanding of how to use storytelling across different media to inspire social change
- The ability to identify well-known Film / TV / podcast styles and trends within media history
- Media analysis and interpretation skills required to understand and analyze racial and ethnic representation in your own work and that of others.
- The ability to recognize how the economy and technology impact different media industries in order to adapt to changing demands in the workplace
- Professionals across industries interested in learning how to improve their work
- Aspiring and practicing journalists, writers, editors, and multimedia producers who want to better understand the media landscape
- Educators and trainers interested in incorporating critical race media literacy into their work