This course will address the dynamic relationship between journalism and conflict and the theory and practice of peace journalism as an alternative to the conventions and biases of traditional war reporting. Students will examine the state of the media ecosystem and independent media practices. Practical instruction will introduce the principles of journalism, reporting and distribution techniques, content analysis, and multimedia production techniques.
Students will produce stories for War News Radio and warnewsradio.org, with in-depth reporting, historical perspective, and direct coverage of people living in conflict zones.
Peace and Conflict Studies at Swarthmore College has organized a three-film series this semester based around the theme of Nonviolent Movements for Rights and Liberation. Our third and final film will be Iron-Jawed Angels.
In this Hollywood dramatization, Swatties Alice Paul ’05 (played by Hilary Swank) with Mabel Vernon ’06 (played by Brooke Smith) are portrayed as leaders of the militant wing of the U.S. Woman Suffrage movement. These women, with thousands of other feminists of their day, fought for future generations’ right to vote and run for office. Sacrificing their health and the limited amount of freedom they had, Paul and other women were imprisoned and force fed after picketing and hunger-striking against war-time president, Woodrow Wilson; but survived to see the results of their efforts. Come for entertainment, and learn about the nonviolent struggle for woman suffrage.
When: April 13, 2011; 7:30 p.m.
Where: Keith Room, Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility, Swarthmore College