Immerse yourself into a minority community, produce a solid piece of journalism and Learn everything there is to know about the (minority)culture of your choice.
Rationale for this Minor
If you really want to understand someone, you need to become that person.
The Minor Community-based Storytelling provides students with critical insight into different cultures, religions and world views. Students will engage in thorough research into a culture of their choice. Supported by a critical understanding of cross-cultural differences students will produce a solid piece of journalism, based on immersion journalism research methodology, and using storytelling techniques for gathering data, analysing and publishing.
During on-campus sessions and/or in online forums students will debate cross-cultural differences and approaches to reporting about minority cultures. They will learn how to intergrate ethnographic research methods with storytelling techniques, while applying a journalistic code of ethics.
Off-campus, students will immerse in a minority culture of their choice for about five weeks. They will participate in the minority community, spend time and keep logs of their doings. By being attentive they will gradually develop an understanding of this culture.
Weekly on-campus sessions will help them to gather data in an orderly way and analyse the data with a focus on producing engaged pieces of journalism. The sessions will also help them to keep their professional distance and provides an encouraging environment for peer-to-peer reflection on their experiences.
The course is taught in English.
Who can apply?
- This minor is open to all students who fulfil the requirements of studying in the third year of a Journalism degree at a University of Applied Sciences and to those who completed a relevant study in this field (or an allied degree such as antropology, sociology or communications)
- Good command of the English language; (IELTS overall band 6.0)
- Maximum age limit of 55 years
The assessment's structure is similar to that of the final thesis for Journalism students at the CHE University of Applied Sciences. This provides CHE students with the opportunity to continue their research in the second part of their graduation year.
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of cross-cultural differences in global current affairs reporting
- Critically reflect on the journalistic challenges in a cultural diverse environment
- Apply critical community-based research methods to cultural topic of choice
- Accurately and thoroughly examine a minority culture of choice
- Produce a well-formulated piece of in-depth journalism
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of legal and ethical concerns related to an ethnographic approach of journalism.
Courses and topics see below
Assessment 1: Essay and Pitch
Research within a minority culture
Weekly on-campus sessions
Assessment 2: Research file and literature analysis
Finalising cross media production / series of articles
Assessment 3: Final product and critical reflection
Courses and Assessments
Courses (participation is obligatory):
- Ethnographic research methods in Journalism
- Ethical (and legal) considerations in cross-cultural journalism
- Understanding local communities - culture and religion
- Understanding ethnicity and diversity
- Storytelling techniques and tools
- Assessment 1 (2,5 EC): Literature Review (Essay). Preparation of the immersion journalism project. The review leads to a central question that will be the starting point of your community-based inquiry (the immersion journalism project). Pitch (for a media company, commissioning editors)
- Assessment 2 (7,5 EC): Research file & analysis based on the literature study and Methodology (explanation of the used research methods)
- Assessment 3 (5 EC): Cross-media production, series of articles or audiovisual productions and a Critical Reflection
Duration and fees
3 September 2018 – 23 November 2018
Course fees: € 2.100,00 (excluding travel accommodation, study materials, insurance and visa costs)
Deadlines for application
1 May 2018 (for non-fellowship and EU/EEA applicants)
23 March 2018 (CHE application deadline for OKP**/MSP applicants)
Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) **
MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP)
** formerly known as Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP)
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