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JOUR 482 AG - Immersion Journalism

Campus: Urbana-Champaign

Description:

The interview methodology students learn is seen as the best way to provide the ethnographer/writer/reporter with insight into social phenomena. The methodology can be used to examine living conditions, family history and attitudes of ethnic groups at any class level -- wealthy, affluent, middle class, poor or underclass. Students with insatiable curiosity about behavior will be able to extract from participants surprising revelations about their needs, desires and motivations. Students will learn how personalities, circumstances, and choices made by participants' parents and forebears affect the participant's life today. Course Information: Same as AFRO 482. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: Juniors, Seniors and Graduate students of any discipline.

Special Instructions:

This seminar will introduce students to the journalistic techniques of immersion journalism. The methodology examines contemporary social phenomena through the lives of individuals and families gathered by repeat interviews. Students will learn the techniques by doing an actual project of their own choosing. Students will have to recruit a participant, interview the person extensively with digital recorder, transcribe the interviews, and write a midterm and final paper based on the interviews. The interview methodology students will use is seen as the best way to provide the ethnographer/writer/reporter/oral historian with insight into social phenomena. The methodology can be used to examin the living conditions, family history and attitudes of any ethnic group at any class level--wealthy, affluent, middle class, poor or underclass. The student with an insatiable curiosity about human behavior will be able to extract from willing participants surprising revelations about their needs, d

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Number of Required Visit(s): 0

Course Level: Graduate

Credit: 4

Term(s): Fall


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