J219 MINI: Undocumented America

This is a seven week course:

Week 1: 2/14
Week 2: 2/21
Week 3: 2/28
Week 4: 3/7
Week 5: 3/14
Week 6: 4/4
Week 7: 4/11


There are close to 12 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, comprising what amounts to a country within a country. Their presence impacts every aspect of our society from labor and the economy, to health care, culture and politics.

Despite their large numbers, representation in mainstream English media of undocumented immigrants is limited. The purpose of this course is to educate students on the main issues affecting this community, and give them tools and experience reporting in this isolated and underserved population.

Each week we will examine a theme being reported in the media such as the Border, Zero Tolerance, Child Detention, or the Migrant Caravan. Our goal will be to identify other issues that have been neglected, or new angles on existing themes. Part of each class will include a weekly media analysis of immigration stories.

This context will be balanced by reporting in the field. Students will be encouraged to pair up or work in groups to complete a pitch for a publishable project in whichever form is most appropriate: text, audio, multimedia or television.

The course is designed for students who want to report in marginalized communities and wish to build their cultural competency, dealing with issues of language, race, class and confidentiality. Ideally, students would have foreign language skills.



Time:  Th 6:00 - 8:00

Location:  108 North Gate (Lower News)

Class Number:  17885

Section:  2

Units:  1

Length:  seven weeks

Course Material Fee:  None

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