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MCOM 210: Media & Social Issues
Fall Semester 2017 - Tuesdays, 6 - 8:45 pm, DBH 225

No Class Meeting Tuesday, Oct. 31st


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 limited, update on timely issues in the media, and a basic introduction to the literature and content of the field in terms of social issues. The purpose of the course is to provide graduate students with a foundation on which to draw for contemporary studies in
mass communications.


Prof. Rucker's Office: DBH 125      408-924-3249     
Email: robert.rucker@sjsu.edu

Office Hours: By appointment before & after class.
 
MCOM 210 SYLLABUS   Click Here


Past Class Info: MCOM 210 Archive
Find and review previous class postings this semester.

New Opportunity:
Matinee Scholarship - Jan. 5th Deadline To Apply

 


 

 

For 10/17: Review these materials for
our first TV studio group discussions.

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?
 

Background Information

Pew Research Center:
http://www.pewresearch.org

Center for Intercultural New Media Research:
http://www.interculturalnewmedia.com

Media Research Center:
http://www.mrc.org


Additional Media Research Organizations

 

Latest News Headlines . . .

10/15 
The Whistleblower Story

Ex-Drug Enforcement Agency agent:
Opioid crisis fueled by drug industry and Congress
 

10/16     Explosive CBS News 60 Minutes Report
             on Drug Companies & Opioid Crisis

DEA Responds to 60 Minutes Report

10/17    Former FOX News Anchor/Sexual Assault Victim
"Excruciating Choice To Speak Out"

Gretchen Carlson is credited with starting a conversation about
sexual harassment and paving the way for accusers of
Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein to speak out.



Actress Jane Fonda Knew About Weinstein

Actresses Reese Witherspoon and America Ferrara 
victims of sexual assaults when younger.

10/5  Hollywood Mogul Accused of Sexual Misconduct
Takes Leave of Absence After Women Complaints

NY Times: Decades of Sexual Harassment by
Harvey Weinstein

 

10/9  U.S. favors coal while China
goes solar energy

 

10/5   Trump's Justice Dept. reverses policy
protections for transgenders

 

10/5  GOP Anti-Abortion Congressman resigns
after suggesting a friend have one

 


 

Special Thanks to 10/3 Guest Speaker:


Dr. Shaun Fletcher,
Apple Manager and
Distinguished JMC School Public Relations Graduate
 

Important Advisory:
Dr. Fletcher was kind enough to share his
contact info with you. Take advantage of that after you
have given considerable thought to your academic goals
and planning. His schedule can be very demanding at Apple.
Do your research and be prepared for discussions.
 

Topic: Writing a Masters Degree Thesis

Review These Materials:

Original Scholarship Writing

Choosing a Topic

Collaboration Requirements
How to Structure a Thesis

Masters thesis vs Ph.D dissertation


Be prepared to take lots of notes and
engage our guest in a candid interaction about
what is expected of graduate students.

 


 

Past Class Info: MCOM 210 Archive
Find and review previous class postings this semester.


Profound Sadness -
Media Call To Act

 
On the worst mass shooting in modern American history.
 

America Stunned Again

Automatic weapon sprays 22,000 at an outdoor concert.

10/1   More than 500 injured. 59 Dead.
Gunman: 64 year old Nevadan Stephen Paddock killed himself.

President Trump orders flags lowered to honor victims.
FBI: No known ISIS terrorist connection.
Las Vegas hospitals need blood donors.

CNN     CBSN     MSNBC

Video: Moving response by President Trump

SJSU President Letter on Las Vegas Shooting

 

Recent Gun Violence in American History


 

 

Public Response to Racism Incident
in the U.S. military:

 

9/29  Air Force Lt. General's powerful speech
on racial slurs in their ranks.

Special thanks to Rodney Knox, former
SF 49er Media Relations & Sports Marketing Executive
for visiting class Tuesday, 9/26 to discuss:

   
9/23  Trumps triggers national firestorm in
response to race protest



 


 

9/18  LGBTQ student leader at Georgia Tech
shot and killed by police


 
9/15
  Manhunt underway in London after latest
bombing incident



9/15  Public Outrage Growing
143 million Americans Social Security numbers and other personal
data hacked. Those trying to lock down their credit blocked.
 
How bad is this Equifax hack?  Protect yourself.
 

Hillary Clinton opens up while promoting her new book:
  Rachel Maddow       Anderson Cooper      'The View'

 

Trump escalates ESPN controversy demanding
apology for white supremacist comments

Monday, Sportscenter co-host Hill Jemele Hill wrote on Twitter that
"Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded
himself w/ other white supremacists."


2017 Emmy Awards

 

Outstanding Writing in Comedy Series
(Diversity Message)


Nicole Kidman Wins Outstanding Lead Actress
('The Bigger Message')
 

Past Class Info: MCOM 210 Archive
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Coming Up: Class Participation Project

          Special  2017 Project:
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Faculty, Staff & Students Respond
Racism & Hate Voices in America

Add your racism experience
to the JMC community discussion.

During class time MCOM 210 will be invited to
the Journalism TV Studio (DBH 139) to record
their discussion of class assignments.

Always be prepared to contribute info and insights.
 



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Constitution of the United States

Amendment I. Congress shall make no law respecting
an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free
exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech,
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; or the
right of the people peaceably to assemble
,
and to petition the government
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