Marches, Vigils, and Hashtags: Writing for a Digital Age
Location: The Loft at Open Book
Day of the Week: Saturday
Time: 9:00 - 12:00 pm
Class Level: Intermediate
Genre: Digital Storytelling
• Regular: $52.50
• Member: $47.25
• Low-Income: $36.75
We live in a time of protest. Marches, vigils, and hashtag campaigns shape our local and national politics. Storytellers who document these events have important roles to play and questions to consider. In this workshop, we will look at the challenges of writing about protests, traditionally marginalized groups, and oppositional social movements in our current political climate, with a particular focus on the Movement for Black Lives and for police reform and accountability.
The class will be co-taught by Collier Meyerson, who has won an Emmy and a National Association of Black Journalists award for commentary, and Jared Goyette, a regular contributor to the Guardian. It will also include a guest lecture by Catherine Squires, the Director of the Race, Indigeneity, Gender & Sexuality Studies Initiative at the University of Minnesota, whose research investigates the interactions between social identities and media discourses. Meyerson will be presenting via Skype from New York, while the other two teaching artists will be present in the classroom. This class is intended to serve folks who want to cover these issues, regardless of their platform: journalists, bloggers, or social media storytellers.