Month: April 2016

Fear of the unknown: students studying overseas

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TU student Dennis Smith likes to travel and explore, but decided to put off spending a semester abroad (Photo by Kristin Helf / TU student)

In light of the recent terrorist attacks in Belgium and France, is it safe for students to broaden their horizons and spend a semester abroad? Listen as a Towson University student and a peer adviser for TU’s study abroad program weigh in with their opinions on the risks students may or may not face.

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Female filmmakers make waves despite lack of representation

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Moderators prepare for WAMM screening in Towson University’s Van Bokkelen

In a tiny 1960s art-deco beach motel, a team of college undergrad filmmakers are setting up their equipment and preparing for the day’s shoot. The motel sits on the Ocean City boardwalk, but it does not draw much attention from any passersby who might be visiting the beach on a gray April morning.

To Aimee Schubert and Bethany Michalski, electronic media and film majors at Towson University, the motel might be run-down but has a certain charm that makes it the perfect set for their senior thesis film “When a Wave Comes.”

But their biggest challenge yet in producing the film hasn’t been location scouting, or making the 3-hour drive from Towson to the Eastern shore. Along with their co-director Yasmin Zellipour, the three women are the only women in their 18-student film III class. And as women in a male-dominated department, just being allowed to make their film was a struggle.

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Panelists debate media’s role in social justice movements at #TUjday16 event

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From left to right, Kwame Rose, Mike Puente, Kenneth Burns and Jared Ball (Photo by Kristin Helf / TU student)

On April 18, the first anniversary of the initial Baltimore protests resulting from the death of Freddie Gray, opposing ideas emerged from #TUjday16 panelists on the role of the media in covering social justice movements. A fiery debate broke out during the forum after the event’s moderator brought up two fundamental questions: Did the media distort the events of last April? And what ramifications does media coverage have on social justice movements?

Students had gathered in Towson University’s Chesapeake II ballroom for the mass communications department’s fifth annual J Day event. “Reporting Unrest: Journalism’s Role in Social Justice Movements” featured a panel of four journalist professionals who spoke about their experiences reporting on the uprising.

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