TEACHING Joan Bieder teaches core courses in television reporting and producing. Most recently she taught a two- semester cross -platform course on reporting in Israel and the Palestinian Territories that sent her students to the Middle East to report and produce stories. Before coming to Berkeley, she taught print and broadcast journalism at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism in New York and spent a decade before that as a producer at ABC-TV Network News. In her Introductory and Advanced Television sequence at Berkeley, students learn the basic skills of reporting, producing, shooting, editing and writing for non-fiction Television. In the two-semester Long Form Television course second year students produce their Masters Project. Over the past few years graduate students in these classes have traveled widely: to Afghanistan, Mexico, France, New Zealand, China, India, Ecuador, Cuba, Bolivia, Guatemala, Burma, Cambodia, Sierre Leone, Italy, Greece, Uganda, Brazil, Ghana, Israel and the West Bank; as well as throughout the Bay Area and the United States to practice their craft.
RESEARCH Joan Bieder spent several summers working as a consultant to television news companies in Singapore where she trained reporters and producers. In Singapore she began to study a minority community that resulted in a book, The Jews of Singapore, published by Suntree Media in November 2007. The Jews of Singapore traces the roots of Singapore Jewry from is Biblical, Baghdadi Sephardic origins to its Singapore beginnings around 1830 and on to the present. Her research was supported by grants from UC Berkeley and the Jacob Ballas Estate. She has produced a video on Singapore Jewry and presented numerous papers on the topic at academic conferences and Jewish Book Fairs in the United States, Canada, Israel and Singapore. Most recently, she presented papers entitled: "A Century of Changing Identities: Jewish Women of Singapore" at the Western Jewish Studies Conference in Denver in April 2009 and at the 15th Annual Jewish Studies Congress in Jerusalem in August 2009. In April 2011 she presented a paper at the Western Jewish Studies Conference in San Diego, CA entitled, “Singapore Jewry Under the Japanese Occupation 1941-1945”.
Published Stories & Highlights:
- Sr. Lecturer Joan Bieder Publishes Book on the Jews of Singapore
- Suntree Media
Sr. Lecturer Joan Bieder's new book, "The Jews of Singapore," documents the history and heritage of the Sephardic Jewish community that immigrated to Singapore from Baghdad 170 years ago. Illustrated with 450 images, maps and documents,the book is a detailed account of the orthodox Baghdadi community that still thrives in Singapore today and the contributions members made both to the colony and the Republic.
- Einstein in Singapore
For onthepage.org, Senior Lecturer Joan Bieder covers her discovery of a little-known and long forgotten trip that Professor Albert Einstein made to the Jewish community of Singapore in 1922. With accompanying photograph.
- ABC TV's NOW Features J-School TV Stories
- ABCTV digital system
ABC TV's digital service NOW will air stories from first-year television programs on Inside the Newsroom at 9 am and 3 pm for the week beginning February 25th. Check the ABC NOW site to learn how to view streaming video.
- ABC NOW and Undergroundfilm.org Air Student Program
ABC NOW recently aired "Getting Out the Vote" -- a pre-election television program produced by the J-School's second year television long-form class. An archived version of the program is available at undergroundfilm.org.
- Dispatch from Burma
For FRONTLINE/World, Professor Joan Bieder's dispatch from Burma titled "Can US Sanctions Bring Democracy to Burma." Includes text and photos of her reporting trip to Myanmar in summer 2004.