Joan Bieder

Associate Dean Sr. Lecturer


Joan Bieder teaches core courses in television reporting and producing. After a recent trip to the Middle East, 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. 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. 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. She has 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 a paper entitled, "Singapore Jewry Under the Japanese Occupation 1941-1945".

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