J500 Media and the Environment

Week 1



  • Join the class blog per the e-mail that was sent to you on the first day of class. Please use your first name and last initial as your login name and upload a picture of yourself as an avatar. If you prefer not to upload a picture, upload some other image instead. If you don’t follow this format, you will be asked to redo this.
  • Write an “About Me” post for the blog by 5 p.m. on Monday 1/18 before our first class meeting on 1/19. Post under “J500 Week 1.” Make sure to put your name at the end of your posts and comments. Please contact Lauren Keith if you have any problems or questions. Responding to others’ posts is optional for this week but required every other week.

WEEK 1 (1/19-1/25):

  • 1/19/10 CLASS LECTURE: Course introduction and syllabus review. Screening of Food, Inc. Question-and-answer session with KCUR news director Frank Morris.
  • Review syllabus, class blog and DCFPC documents.
  • Submit your learning contract electronically by 5 p.m. on Friday 1/22 by e-mailing the Word document as an attachment to Simran Sethi, cc’d to Lauren Keith. The format should be as follows for this and every electronic submission: Abbreviated document title-First nameLast Initial. For the learning contract, the document title should read: LC-First name Last initial (ex: LC-SimranS.doc). Make sure your name and the document title are listed within the document, as well. If you don’t follow this format, you’ll be asked to resubmit your document and will be marked down at my discretion.

Complete these readings/viewings before Week 2 class on 1/26
What is Environmental Journalism?

1. Excerpt from Walden, Henry David Thoreau, Chapter 17
2. “Introduction to Silent Spring,” Al Gore
3. Excerpt from Silent Spring, Rachel Carson
4. “Living Green,” Brian Lehrer Show (audio, entire show)
5. “Barbie Bcause,” Press Release
6. “Residents Rebel Over Law, Dirty Dishes,” Nicholas K. Geranios
7. Stephen Colbert v. Low Impact Man (video)
8. “The Ecology of Order and Chaos,” Donald Worster, Out of the Woods, pp.3-17
9. Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered, Woody Tasch, pp. 3-7.

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