Tuesdays, 6 -
8:45 pm, DBH 225 -
Fall 2017 class has ended.
Fall Semester 2017 - JMC School Project: VIDEO
In The News...
Men Weigh In:
Sexual Harassment Epidemic
(Video) 'CBS This Morning'
discussion with five accomplished diverse
across various industries reacting to the "tidal
wave" of reports
of sexual misconduct.
Growing Reports of Sexual Assaults
The Atlantic Magazine: 12/15
CA Community-College 'Segregation Machine'
holds back disproportionate numbers of students
Hundreds of thousands of Black and Latino
students are placed in remedial
classes every year.
NFL star Chris Long donates his
entire 2017 salary
to support children in diverse
CBS Sports video.
Dec. 12th -
Alabama Election Analysis:
Evidence of women's
#MeToo impact nationwide.
A 17% edge in a normally solid Republican state.
Democrat took 96% of African American vote
This Morning (Video)
Mayor Dies of Heart Attack
San Francisco's first Asian American Mayor.
Trump's 'gross tweet' about NY Senator
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand calls it a “sexist
smear” and added,
“I will not be silenced on this issue.”
Former SNL star resigns U.S. Senate Seat
GOP hypocrisy on sexual misconduct
Know Your Rights (Video)
Attorney offers insights on workplace
Time Magazine Announcement
Happy New Year!
Our #JMCGrad Chat videos will eventually
here, and shared with the JMC School
for posting on the department website.
The progress you've made with communicating
about timely social issues was most impressive.
Thanks for being great role models for future
Keep it up! Remember what Old Abe said...
Breaking News: Wednesday, Nov. 29th
Show' now beats 'Good Morning America'
in national TV ratings
Today Show Anchor Terminated
Matt Lauer, the
anchor of "Today" for two decades, was fired
after a .
detailed complaint about inappropriate sexual
behavior in the workplace
The Growing List of Sexual Misconduct
CBS Fires Charlie Rose
After numerous sexual assault allegations.
'CBS This Morning's' extensive coverage
candidly addresses stunning news.
newsman released by two TV networks for
unwanted sexual advances to eight women.
CBS This Morning Co-hosts
"I'm Not Okay"
PBS and CBS suspend Charlie Rose
after eight women charge sexual misconduct
Washington Post first to focus on the respected
Commentary by Prof. Bob Rucker
Privately Funded - Special Commemoration:
SJSU President's Office was
excited about this unique
learning experience to be completely privately funded.
Read about student application process and
Private fundraising efforts now underway!
People from a wide range of cultures talk
candidly about their
personal and workplace experiences to help raise
"I didn't understand what it was
like to be groped, to be harassed,
to be interrupted, talked over,
paid less, pushed around,
All the things that women deal with
that for me, as a man, I had the
privilege of not having to deal
- Ben Affleck
TV interview with Stephen Colbert
Affleck, accused of sexual misconduct himself,
apologizes and responds.
A female radio
news anchor says
Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken
groped and "forcibly kissed" her
without her consent during an
overseas USO tour
in 2006, two years before Franken
was elected to the U.S. Senate.
a morning news anchor on
TalkRadio 790 KABC in Los Angeles
Senate GOP leaders call for ethics investigation
Growing list of sexual assault claims
Tracking the nationwide scandal affecting many
'Transgender Day of Remembrance'
Honors the memory of those whose lives were lost
of anti-transgender violence.
Looking for a
or project idea?
gather updated research for TV tapings
immediately after the Thanksgiving holiday.
Recent News Headlines:
Financial Lives of Millennials
trust banks, financial institution values and
more than most." A CBS News special series on the issues.
Former Penn State fraternity brothers face
Growing number of sexual assault reports
woman accuses Roy Moore of sexual misconduct
Republican Senate candidate denies behavior 40
Top GOP leaders in Washington calling for Moore
to step aside.
Comedian responds to sexual misconduct
Former TV news anchorwoman accuses Kevin
Spacey of sexually assaulting her teen
offering of The Agency at the University of
is a way for Millennials to reclaim the
narrative of our generation.
Millennials deal with
Baby Boomers at work
"Cut us some slack!"
Lawmakers alarmed at
the push to sell CNN
proposed mega-merger with Time Warner facing
Department is intervening in the deal because
dislikes the network.
At least 26 killed in
Texas church massacre
Suspected shooter was ex-military court
marshaled for domestic violence.
One Year Later
Why It Still Resonates
sites shut down when workers try to unionize
Rican journalists laid off in Hurricane's wake
The Harvey Weinstein
effect reaches journalism
Five women had accused veteran political
journalist Mark Halperin (left bottom)
harassment when he was in a powerful position at
Behind the Miami
Herald's 'inescapably powerful'
More Americans turning to
multiple social media
sites for news
Research Center report: About a quarter of all
U.S. adults (26%) get news
from two or more social media sites, up from 15%
in 2013 and 18% in 2016.
New opportunities from
expanding domain names
By investing in a new TLD,
consumers and businesses could determine
their own way of leading users to the wealth of
information, goods, and
services available online.
Terrorist Attack in NYC
killed, 11 injured.
The suspect, 29-year-old Sayfullo
an immigrant from Uzbekistan, plowed his truck
down a crowded bike path,
going nearly a mile before being shot and
wounded by police.
In-Depth Special Stories:
12 year old prodigy
knows language of Mozart
San Francisco Leaning
Tower of Lawsuits
Spacey scandal widens as Netflix suspends
production on his series 'House of Cards."
High profile movie director accused of sexual
Majority of Girls Face Sexual Harassment
with No Hashtags
From Psychology Today
Growing Revelations of Harassment
World Series News Headline
Houston player's offensive insulting gesture on
provokes outrage among Asian Americans
Suspended five games at the start of the 2018
Why did the commissioner not impose suspension
during the World Series?
More Media Coverage
TV Roundtable Social Issue Discussions
Nov. 7th -
Nominate Social Issues for grad student taping
Bring a TYPED/PRINTED list of topics to share with classmates.
Develop ideas from timely topics in our semester
study of current events and social issues.
This course provides a broad overview of
the popular, professional reporting
and academic literature in mass
communications on social issues. The readings
and videos are designed to provide a
update on timely issues in the
media, and a basic introduction to the
literature and content
of the field
in terms of social issues.
of the course is to
students with a foundation on which to
When looking of a topic or focus for
your masters research effort,
carefully review the many timely social
issues on this page.
Prof. Rucker's Office: DBH 125
Office Hours: By
appointment before & after class.
New Opportunity For Students:
Matinee Scholarship - Jan. 5th Deadline To Apply
Provocative Online Video Series:
Millennials in workplace don't
"They want reinforcement
something here for graduate student study???
Extraordinary National News Alert:
NAACP issues travel advisory to black passengers
flying on American Airlines
Kellogg accused of race insensitive advertising
The breakfast food company
is redesigning the Corn Pops Boxes
so they're not racist
What will be left of rural TV stations? Federal Communications Commission quietly
reshaping a key way rural Americans stay
TV's Most Influential News Program:
Why millions watch this in-depth TV news
Explosive CBS News 60 Minutes Report
on Drug Companies & Opioid Crisis
DEA Responds to 60 Minutes Report
Niger Ambush Timeline
Widow talks about call from President Trump
ABC Good Morning America exclusive interview
Coverage of La David Johnson's return home
Gold Star Father "disheartened" by Trump call to
Changing Public Responses to Social Issues
How Do Americans Feel About Automation?
Instagram "Technology for Kindness"
Is Instagram Going Too Far?
A Snapshot Into Mental Health?
Online Social Networking & Mental Health
Where are all the women in tech?
Intercultural New Media Research:
Additional Media Research Organizations
Timely Issue Topics of Interest:
favors coal while China
goes solar energy
Trump's Justice Dept. reverses policy
protections for transgenders
Anti-Abortion Congressman resigns
after suggesting a friend have one
Special Thanks to 10/3 Guest Speaker:
Apple Manager and
Distinguished JMC School Public Relations Graduate
Dr. Fletcher was kind enough to share his
contact info with you. Take advantage of that
have given considerable thought to your academic
and planning. His schedule can be very demanding
Do your research and be prepared for
Writing a Masters Degree Thesis
Original Scholarship Writing
Choosing a Topic
How to Structure a Thesis
Masters thesis vs Ph.D dissertation
Dr. Fletcher offered his
email contact info
through Prof. Rucker.
Profound Sadness -
Calls To Act In The Media
On the worst mass shooting in
modern American history.
America Stunned Again
Automatic weapon sprays 22,000 at an outdoor
More than 500 injured. 59 Dead.
Gunman: 64 year old Nevadan
President Trump orders flags lowered to honor
FBI: No known ISIS terrorist connection.
Las Vegas hospitals need blood donors.
response by President Trump
SJSU President Letter on Las
Recent Gun Violence in American History
Extraordinary Response to Racism Incident
in the U.S. military:
Air Force Lt. General's powerful speech
on racial slurs in their ranks.
Special thanks to
SF 49er Media Relations & Sports Marketing
for visiting class Tuesday, 9/26 to discuss:
Trumps triggers national firestorm in
response to race protest
LGBTQ student leader at Georgia Tech
shot and killed by police
143 million Americans
Social Security numbers and other personal
data hacked. Those trying to lock down their
How bad is this Equifax hack? Protect
Hillary Clinton opens up while
her new book:
2017 Emmy Awards
Outstanding Writing in Comedy
Nicole Kidman Wins Outstanding
('The Bigger Message')
MCOM 210 Archive
Find and review previous class
postings this semester.
Constitution of the
Congress shall make
no law respecting
an establishment of religion, or
prohibiting the free
exercise thereof; or abridging the
freedom of speech, ; or the
or of the press ,
the people peaceably to assemble
and to petition the government
for a redress of grievances