Friday, March 19, 2010

2010 CSPA Conference ~ Write on!

You can use every form of social media to interact with others, but the demand for meaningful content remains. The digital age can in fact strengthen story development. At the 2010 CSPA conference at Columbia University, I encouraged high school students to consider a multimedia approach to journalism study.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Teaching Persepolis

I am convinced that Marjane Satrapi intended to reach the entire world with her childhood story, Persepolis. At the age of 10, she lived through the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran. After being sent by her parents to Vienna, Satrapi undoubtedly practiced her cartooning for years before embarking on a publishing career. Her graphic novel offers a rich tapestry of storytelling talent as well as a heartbreaking and gut-wrenching testimony to her turbulent time as a child. When I teach Persepolis, I want my students to fully engage in the snapshot history and the rich artistry Satrapi offers.