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Quick Extra-Credit Opp

May 13, 2013


Our guest speaker for the first portion of class Tuesday, May 14, will be Kalhan Rosenblatt, newly appointed editor-in-chief of Eagle News and survivor of three courses with me. Her EN bio notes that she “is a junior majoring in journalism” and “owns a cat named Wesley Stripes.” (That’s not him standing in as my avatar; that’s Motokichi, my cat.) To kickstart an invigorating conversation about journalism and news literacy with Kalhan (and earn extra credit):

1) Read about Kalhan’s panel discussion with other FGCU types at the Naples Press Club on April 25.

2) Read an article in FGCU’s Pinnacle magazine about Kalhan and EN news editor Tia Brown (pictured above, with Kalhan) and the “hijab challenge.”

3) If you have time, listen to the archived April 24 edition of WGCU’s “Gulf Coast Live,” featuring Kalhan and Tia talking  about the challenge.

4) Submit an original question by 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, replying below. Read those already posted to avoid duplication. You question does not need to pertain to the hijab challenge. They’ve covered that topic pretty well, so read and listen to what they’ve had to say before asking a question about it.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. Evan Nader permalink
    May 13, 2013 7:17 pm

    The Hijab Challenge sure sounds like a wild experience. Kahlan mentioned a sense of pride and it was mentioned that in many circumstances her and her friend were given more respect while wearing the traditional attire. My question is, given the choice, would you continue to wear the hijab? Not all the time, but multiple times a week?

    • rkenney permalink
      May 15, 2013 3:05 pm

      Sophisticated question, Evan, especially given the fact that many women find the hijab comfortable and protective. I regret that I didn’t spot this in time to deliver to Kalhan. (My fault.) I am going to forward her a few more questions from the class and ask her to reply in this forum. Thanks for your patience.

  2. TessaSteele permalink
    May 14, 2013 8:07 am

    Do you think there is a need for human interest stories in National news coverage?

  3. Keira White permalink
    May 14, 2013 12:23 pm

    Do you think newspapers will die in our lifetime and should we focus on getting jobs with web based media companies?

  4. Andrea Voynovich permalink
    May 14, 2013 12:49 pm

    In your panel discussion on April 25 you commented that current technology makes reporting the news “way easier than the old way.” It you could only have one piece of current technology available to you what would it be and why.

    • rkenney permalink
      May 15, 2013 3:06 pm

      Excellent question, Andrea! I regret that somehow I overlooked this and did not forward it to Kalhan in time. I’d like to hear her answer, so I’m asking her to address a few more questions, including yours, on this forum.

  5. May 14, 2013 12:59 pm

    What can a young aspiring Journalist major like me learn from someone like you?

  6. May 14, 2013 1:27 pm

    Did you see any other women wearing hijab while you were and did they acknowledge you? Did you feel a stronger connection to the judgement they face due to their cultural practices.

  7. Christopher Larsen permalink
    May 14, 2013 1:56 pm

    In what ways do you think the standard newspaper can be altered in order to adapt to the consistant technological advances in society? How can it keep up?

  8. Jesse Namour permalink
    May 14, 2013 1:59 pm

    How do you feel the hijab challenge actually addressed the issue of Muslim misconceptions?

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