It’s timely that as you are taking this Photojournalism class, one of the most controversial topics related to academia and journalism is surfacing in the headlines. It begins with a story about a campus that has struggled with racial inequality for years. The student body organized and protested the school for their actions…but, they also took a stand against the media which they felt has been biased in their portrayal of both organized protests and students of color. Recently, a student journalist working for ESPN was prohibited from being able to record the protests in a public space. Allies of the protesters and faculty of the college created a human shield to prevent the media from covering the event. What has now surfaced is a NATIONAL CONVERSATION about:
a) The ethics of journalism coverage
b) First amendment rights v.s. personal liberty
c) The power of spectacle–and how media coverage can sometimes serve to subvert the very story it’s covering.
Please read this article as I’d like to hear your thoughts both as students and prospective journalists…