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Advanced Social Justice Reporting

The mission of the Advanced Social Justice course will be to help students develop professional-level reporting skills through the vehicle of in-depth projects in the field of social justice. The projects can be continuations of ones that students have already started in prior quarters, or they can be a new project. Possible subject areas include income disparities, housing, racial justice, LGBTQ rights, employment, health care, immigration and refugees, substance abuse treatment, the criminal justice system, education, environmental justice, food security, child welfare, and other social justice issues.

Students can work in teams if they wish and can use video, text, photos, graphics, audio or some combination of these media, depending on which makes the most sense for their particular project. By the end of the quarter, students will have projects that can form the foundation of their Q4 capstone or thesis work.

In other words, it will be a course with a lot of flexibility based on the interests and skill sets of each student in the class. Instructor will consult with each student to develop her or his learning goals for the course and method of evaluation. We will hold workshops on different advanced reporting skills as needed such as source development, data usage, high-stakes interviews, verification techniques and so on. We will share reporting challenges and solutions as a class. There will be readings, but the focus of the class will be on actual reporting. And I will do one-on-one coaching with each student.