How might we help young men stay out of prison after serving time? During a seven-week research project, we found that a key reason that nearly two-thirds of them reoffend is that they lack key developmental opportunities.
Ethnicity is deeply meaningful to people. It’s also a complicated source of tension around the world. That’s why San Francisco State University requires journalism students to learn about ethnicity in Journalism 610: Cultural Diversity and the U.S. News Media. As the course instructor, I wanted to make the subject personal for my students.
At Ballou High School in S.E. Washington, DC, teaching students about radio journalism is no easy feat.
It’s not because the school is surrounded by police cars every morning and everyone goes through metal detectors to enter the building. Or that less than 20 percent of students score ‘proficient’ on state reading and math tests.
The real hurdles when I embedded there as part of the Prime Movers Media Program were the school’s lack of radio equipment and a rule preventing students from leaving the room during class time. Since problems are just opportunities in disguise, though, it didn’t stop us from creating pieces so good a few aired nationally on NPR!
April 2, 2014: Federal prosecutors charge utility company PG&E with 12 felony counts. Anchor Charla Bear interviews San Francisco Chronicle Reporter Jaxon Van Derbeken, who covered the story.
February 13, 2014: California’s concealed weapons restrictions in question after federal appeals court strikes down state’s rules. Anchor Charla Bear interviews law professor Larry Rosenthal and Chuck Michel, who represents the National Rifle Association.