Students at California State University, San Bernardino given new, unique outlet to express themselves
San Bernardino, Calif. -- Many college students will soon be forced to face a new reality because of the new presidential administration and their expected policies.
While political stances, campaign statements, and promised laws are one thing, ensuring that those affected have their voice heard is another battle.
Leading the charge for such students at CSUSB is Dr. Liliana Gallegos. After a need for direction and communication with undocumented students on campus became clear, a new class was born.
Starting in 2017, students enrolled in “Comm. 243” will experience and explore the role of those in journalism, public relations, video production, and much more.
According to a class syllabus provided to students, it was decided to take a unique approach to the opportunity at hand.
“[The class] was opened as a requested emergency course in order to help turn CSUSB into a safe-space for students, faculty, staff, and the community,” writes Gallegos.
Dubbing the class “Rainbow Journalism” as a response and rebuttal to yellow journalism, the hope is that students will absorb all they can in the class.
Students will be using mediums such as social media in the hands-on course. Podcasts, interviews, and videos will also be what they will be tasked with.
As a result of the first class of its kind, the hope for future students is that the campus will see how it addresses the need of targeted students. Also, the goal is to also seek funding from the university so that the best resources and tools are available.
The student-journalists plan on reaching out to professional news outlets that are both local and around the world with their finished product.