Cross-Cultural Journalism and Strategic Communication: Storytelling and Diversity

Cross-Cultural Journalism and Strategic Communication: Storytelling and Diversity

by Maria E Len-Rios, Earnest L Perry

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Built using the hands-on and pioneering Missouri Method, this textbook prepares readers to write about and communicate with people of different backgrounds, offering real-world examples of how to practice excellent journalism and strategic communication that takes culture into account.

No matter the communication purpose, this book will help readers engage with difference and the concept of fault lines, and to identify and mitigate bias. It provides guidance on communicating the complexity inherent in issues such as crime, immigration, and sports, and understanding census data gathering methods and terms to craft stories or strategic campaigns. Above all, the book encourages readers to reconsider assumptions about race, class, gender, identity, sexual orientation, immigration status, religion, disability, and age, and recognize communicators’ responsibilities in shaping national discussions. This new edition addresses the ever-changing political and social climate, differentiates excellent journalism from punditry, and shows the business value of understanding diverse perspectives.

A fantastic introduction to this complex but important field, this book is perfect for students, teachers, and early career communicators. The combintion of a hands-on approach and pull-out boxes with the diverse voices curated by editors María Len-Ríos and Earnest Perry make this an ideal text for the classroom and beyond.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780429948824
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 11/01/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 406
Sales rank: 1,086,825
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

María E. Len-Ríos is Professor of Public Relations and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Georgia. Before earning a doctorate in Journalism from the University of Missouri, she worked in advertising/public relations and marketing in Atlanta. She taught the cross-cultural journalism course at Missouri for ten years.

Earnest L. Perry is Associate Professor of Journalism Studies at the Missouri School of Journalism and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies. Before earning a doctorate in Journalism from the University of Missouri, he worked as a newspaper journalist in Texas, Connecticut and Illinois. He is the lead instructor of the cross-cultural journalism course at Missouri, which began in 1998 and was one of the first required journalism diversity courses in the country.

Table of Contents

Cross-Cultural Journalism and Strategic Communication:

Communicating About Diversity

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – Conceptual Understanding

Earnest L. Perry and María E. Len-Ríos

Chapter 2 – Talking Across Difference

Keith Woods

Chapter 3 – Who’s American?

Saleem Alhabash, Carie Cunningham and Anastasia Kononova


Chapter 4 – Making Class Matter: Journalism and Social Class

Ryan Thomas and Marina Hendricks

Chapter 5 – Gender and the Media: Envisioning Equality

Yong Volz and María E. Len-Ríos

Chapter 6 – Mass Media and the LBGT Community

Gary Hicks

Chapter 7 – Missing in Action: Religion in Mass Media Markets and News

Debra Mason

Chapter 8 – Reporting and Strategic Communication Across Borders

Beverly Horvit and Yulia Medvedeva

Chapter 9 – Immigrants and Immigration: Reporting the New America

Melita M. Garza

Chapter 10 – Achieving Excellence in Crime Coverage

Earnest L. Perry

Chapter 11– The Complexity of Disability

Chad Painter

Chapter 12 – Rx for Communicating about Health Inequalities

Amanda Hinnant and María E. Len-Ríos

Chapter 13 – Talkin’ ‘bout My Generation: Understanding Generational


Teri Finneman

Chapter 14 – Telling—and Erasing—Diverse Stories in Sports

David Welch Suggs, Jr.

Chapter 15 – Next: Where Do We Go From Here?

María E. Len-Ríos and Earnest L. Perry

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