Dolores Huerta to speak March 31

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Dolores Huerta, co-founder with Cesar Chavez of the United Farm Workers union, will speak Saturday, March 30, at 3 p.m. in the Administration Building auditorium at the University of Idaho. Her talk, part of Farm Worker Awareness Week, is free and open to the public. This is an extra-credit event for JAMM 327.

Ms. Huerta’s visit to Moscow is sponsored by the UI’s College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP). Here is a biography of Ms. Huerta.

Seeing beyond the hoodie


Trayvon Martin, 17, was killed Feb. 26, 2012, in Sanford, Fla. Photo: Black Youth Project

This photo of the late Trayvon Martin wearing a hooded sweatshirt has been featured prominently in print, broadcast and web accounts of the debate over the circumstances of his death.  Mallary Jean Tenore, an associate editor at, says that reporters need to probe more deeply to get beyond racial stereotypes and to give their audiences a better understanding of such terms as “racial tensions.”  She writes:

When deciding whether to describe criminals as wearing a hooded sweatshirt, journalists should question how much this description will add to a story. Does it reveal something important about the suspect? Would you be as inclined to say the criminal was wearing a white T-shirt, a blue Polo shirt, a corduroy jacket? Would you be inclined to mention the hoodie if the suspect were Caucasian?

Tenore’s analysis includes links to other resources for reporters and examples of coverage of Martin’s death.

Meet Bill Smith, guest speaker for March 28

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Bill Smith

Bill L. Smith, director of the Martin Institute, claims to have the best job on the UI campus.  Find out why when he speaks to Reporting II on Wednesday, March 28. A historian by training, he finds the combination of fields of study embodied in the International Studies degree fits his interests perfectly.  He says that one of the great things about the Borah Symposium  is the chance to study a new topics every year.

Smith has been with the Martin Institute since August 2000, following completion of a doctorate of history at Washington State University.  He has lived in Mexico, Spain and Portugal.  His teaching at the University of Idaho focuses on sport and international affairs, international policy making and the United Nations. His research interests include the role of soccer in the international sphere and social revolution in Latin America.

Where to look for journalism jobs?

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If you’re considering a career in journalism, one of the best ways to test the waters is with a summer internship.  Many internships are posted on this site, which allows you to search by state or type of media outlet.  The site opens with a page of media industry news and includes links to job-hunting tips.

Cynthia Mika, a career advising specialist from the UI Career Center, will explain the purpose of a resume and cover letter, as well as provide examples,  in class on March 26.

Tips on reporting about police, crime

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Chip Scanlan, Poynter Institute

As a follow-up to our visit to the Moscow Police Department, here are some tips for covering the police beat and crime from Chip Scanlan, former director of writing programs for the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Scanlan provides links to helpful web resources, as well as this advice from Stephen Buckley, national correspondent for the St. Petersburg Times:

“Cops are human, too: When the cops do something good, get it into the paper. Even if you think it’s just going to be a scrawny six-inch story buried deep in the Metro section, write it up. Police officers feel like they take a lot of criticism but rarely receive praise when they do something good. And they’re right.”

Can you think of stories about law enforcement agencies in Idaho or Washington that fit into this category?  Where would one go to find story ideas?

Report documents media, tech trends

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The Project for Excellence in Journalism has issued its 9th annual report on the State of the News Media. The good news: The public maintains a strong interest in news, and new applications for mobile devices are delivering news to new audiences. The bad news for traditional media (or what some call “legacy media”) is that advertising revenues for printed newspapers continues to decline. What are the implications for journalism? For democracy?  Ryan Frank, a former Oregonian reporter who is now the publisher of the University of Oregon’s student newspaper, offers a perceptive analysis of the report.

Moscow police chief to speak March 23

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David Duke

David Duke, Moscow’s police chief for the past 15 months, will speak to JAMM 327 as part of a tour of the Moscow police station.  Duke became chief Jan. 1, 2011, replacing long-time Chief Dan Weaver.

After 23 years with the Oklahoma City Police Department, Duke joined the MPD in 1999.   He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Central Oklahoma.

Duke will brief student journalists on the department’s public information policies and explain the on-line daily activities log.   Please meet at the SUB information desk at 9 a.m. on Friday or plan to arrive no later than 9:15 at the police station (4th and Washington).

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