Monday, March 3, 2014

Brooke Gladstone talks to Justice students about biases in journalism

Brooke Gladstone (center) talks about how she came to write a graphic novel about journalism.
L to r: Brooke Gladstone and Dr. Everett
Brooke Gladstone, host and editor of NPR's "On the Media," spoke to students in Dr. Ron Everett's Justice Theory and Policy Analysis class and Prof. Deb Periman's Legal Ethics class on February 26, as part of her visit to Alaska for UAA/APU Books of the Year.

She discussed her book, The Influencing Machine, which was chosen as one of the UAA/APU Books of the Year for 2013-2014.  During her remarks she focused on the need to think critically when reading media reports on issues related to justice and the legal system, and she encouraged students to look for the, often hard-to-discern, biases in journalism. Ms. Gladstone also described how she came to write a graphic novel, the process of creating the novel, and what a typical work week is like at "On the Media."

Her book is a media manifesto in graphic form, listed among the top books of 2011 by The New Yorker, and among the “10 Masterpieces of Graphic Nonfiction” by The Atlantic. Ms. Gladstone's career includes stints as an NPR Moscow-based reporter, its first media reporter, senior editor of NPR’s "All Things Considered," and the senior editor of "Weekend Edition" with Scott Simon.