Social Policy

White is Right Mentality: Cleanliness is ‘Caucasian-ness’

Now that I live in a more diverse region of the country, I’ve developed relationships with people outside of my racial ethnicity. One thing that I’ve come to realize as a result is, even among non-black people of color, the ‘white is right’ mentality is the common way of thinking, especially in Western culture. The white is right mentality associates…

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Social Policy

A Letter to Barack Obama

Mr. President, Your election into office meant so much to me 8 years ago. November 4, 2008 I was too young to vote but I was old enough to know that I’d witnessed something historically significant. A land that had traditionally been led by old, rich white men was now seemingly rising out of its racist ways and into the…

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Poetry

My One Family Photo

I only have one nuclear family picture. It is not professionally taken Or beautifully framed. Its chipped and ripped From being poorly maintained. It’s the only picture I have Of my father, mother, sister & I. It is so old And I was so young You wouldn’t even recognize. Regardless, It is special to me Because I have no record…

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Poetry

A Letter to America

American Independence Day, July 4th, has always been a conflicting holiday for me as a black person. That conflict was ignored year after year until 2016 when that conflict was illustrated gruesomely after the police murders of two innocent black men, American citizens, just after the United States’ celebration of White America’s independence. Rest in Power Alton Sterling (murdered July 5,…

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Academic Research Writings

Crowdfunding independent and freelance journalism: Negotiating journalistic norms of autonomy and objectivity

Quarter: Fall 2015 BISMCS 333: Media and Communication Studies Professor: Susan Harewood Andrea Hunter argues that the practice of journalists using crowdfunding in order to fund their projects creates conflict between their role as objective reporters and their responsibility to their funders. She also argues that the practice of crowdfunding challenges the fundamental elements of objectivity and autonomy within journalism.…

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Academic Research Writings

The Relationship Between Media, Markets, and the Public Sphere

Quarter: Fall 2015 BISMCS 333: Media and Communication Studies Professor: Susan Harewood In the recent years the media industry has changed significantly. In Media, Markets, and the Public Sphere David Croteau and William Hoynes explain why with two perspectives that scholars use when examining changes within the media industry. The first is the more popular of these perspectives, the market…

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Academic Research Writings

Making News, Reporting Truths: Response to Stuart Allan

Quarter: Fall 2015 BISMCS 333: Media and Communication Studies Professor: Susan Harewood Making News: Truth, Ideology, and Newswork Stuart Allan uses this chapter to explain the influence of journalists and news media in constructing ideology of modern society. He argues that the process by which journalists select an event and interview storytellers also play a role in constructing public opinion.…

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Poetry

I am Only Black

The following poem was written when I was a student as a submission for the Clamor Art Journal. It is inspired by America’s use of blackness as a symbol of negativity. This places a label on Americans who use black as a label for their ethnic identity. I am Black. I’m black Black market, black cat, black trade I’m black The…

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Academic Research Writings

Making Mass Media in a Popular Culture: Response to Lawrence Grossberg

Quarter: Fall 2015 BISMCS 333: Media and Communication Studies Professor: Susan Harewood Lawrence Grossberg’s text on Ideology uses several theories, drawing upon the work of Karl Marx, John Berger, and Plato as evidence to prove that there is no ‘right’ way to explain how humans interpret reality. Grossberg begins with this definition of reality, “a particular way of thinking and…

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