Tough topics are inescapable for journalism and mass communication academics. If it’s in the news, journalism and mass communication instructors have to discuss it in class. In Testing Tolerance, Candi Carter Olson and Tracy Everbach of the AEJMC Commission on the Status of Women bring together a broad range of perspectives, from graduate students to deans, in conversation about ways to address tough topics in and out of the university classroom. Helping instructors navigate today’s toughest topics through discussions of the issues and pertinent terminology, this book provides hands-on exercises and practical advice applicable across student and instructor levels and disciplines. Readers will gain an understanding of the issues and acquire tools to address these topics in sensitive, yet forthright, ways.
The AEJMC Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) encourages diverse research and conference programming on the status of women in journalism and mass communication education.
Candi Carter Olson is assistant professor at Utah State University.
Tracy Everbach is professor of journalism in the Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas.
1. Introduction: Testing Tolerance in the Classroom
Tracy Everbach & Candi Carter Olson
PART I: Confronting Tough Topics
2. Walking With Our Students: Turning Theory-based Courses Into Hands-on Media Production Opportunities
Candi Carter Olson
3. Taking Heat: Navigating Diversity and Confrontation in the Classroom
4. Making the Invisible Valuable: Strategies for Translating Work at the Margins
5. Pedagogy of the Stressed: Mental Health in the Mass Communication Classroom and on Campuses
6. Being a Female Public Intellectual in the Age of Social Media: Navigating Backlash, Mansplainers, and Trolls
7. A Communication Unit Administrator’s Perspective on Speech Controversies in the Classroom and on Campus
PART II: Fostering Tolerance
8. Flipping the Script: Difficult Dialogues and Blended Learning for Traditional and Online Journalism Courses
Marquita Smith & Mia Moody Ramirez
9. Confronting “Bro Culture” in the Sports Journalism Classroom
10. Conflicted: Student Media Advisors, Sexual Assault Coverage, and Mandatory Reporting Under Title IX
11. #NAJAEverywhere: “I” in Indigenous (People) is Capitalized
Victoria LaPoe, Lenzy Krehbiel-Burton, & Rebecca Landsberry
12. Wait…Hold on…Just let me explain this to you…
13. Graduate Student Instructors: Tackling Tough Topics for the First Time
14. An Intersectional LGBTQ+ Pop Culture Approach to Critical Pedagogy
15. Exploring Intersectional Approaches to Pedagogy
16. Conclusion: Recommendations and Class Resources
Candi Carter Olson & Tracy Everbach