Tammy L. Murray

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Fourth year 2009-2010

History of Social Movements (history first term course) ~ Dr. Rusty Bittermann:
This seminar course studied the patterns of social movements from post World War II (with the exception of a glimpse into Gandhi’s tactics) right up until the 1999 protest against the World Trade Organization known as the Battle of Seattle.  Special concentration was given to the Civil Rights Movement including a book review of John Lewis’ “Walking with the Wind.”  This course featured a wide array of reading and lively class discussions.  Rusty also provided meaningful film footage including some powerful testimony on the protests of the Vietnam War.  This course looked at the power that grass roots democracy can wield using tactics such as passive resistance, civil disobedience and accessing the media.  As with the World History course I took with Rusty, each class began with music from the time period of study.  Music played a powerful role in framing social issues, peace protests and environmental causes; it was a medium that united people and spread a message like no other.  This was an intellectually challenging but fascinating course.  Well worth the 9:00 a.m. start time!

Wrongful Convictions (criminology first term course) ~ Dr. Chris McCormick:
This course took an indepth look into Canadian wrongful conviction cases.  We looked at issues such as the power of the media and our criminal justice system coupled with the pressure from the public which can cause people to make honest mistakes or blatant omissions in the haste to clear the case.  Other contributing factors we determined were things like police tunnel vision, racial and social profiling, shoddy forensic work and too much power given to so-called “expert testimony”.  This was a fascinating yet frightening chronicle of how people aren’t necessarily innocent until proven guilty.  A bonus to this course was an evening lecture by author-journalist Michael Harris who wrote a book about the wrongful conviction of Donald Marshall Jr.

Editing, publishing and producing (Journalism full year course) ~ Don Dickson:
This full year course had us writing, editing, publishing and producing on our school website The New Brunswick Beacon in the mediums of TV, radio, print and photo journalism.  We were also required to do a long form project to be submitted for the annual Student Research and Ideas Fair.  I did several multimedia projects taking advantage of the knowledge and skills learned in the Radio course I also took in 4th year.  I enjoyed collecting sounds and taped interviews and putting them together with my own photographs.  Many of my pieces are available on this website as well as on www.nbbeacon.ca.  This course was great hands on experience in producing an informative and attractive web based news source as well as producing the more traditional forms of media.

Radio Journalism I (Journalism, first term course) ~ Mark Tunney:
This first term course got us hands on experience collecting “tape” with audio recorders known as “marantz” and producing the finished product with the editing software, Adobe Audition 3.  We were assigned small projects to get us going, streeters, soundscapes, commentaries and short documentaries.  Class time was divided between listening to examples of effective radio, conducting story meetings to further develop ideas and creativity, and time to work on our editing skills.  This was a great workshop course.    

Free Speech and the Free Press (Journalism full year course) ~ Julian Walker:
This course challenged us to look at our rights and freedoms in speech, press and expression and the limitations that can sometimes occur on these rights.  We considered topics such as media concentration, hate speech, child pornography, protecting journalism sources and obviously fair and balanced reporting.  This was the most academically styled course of all our journalism requirements.  Classes were geared around short presentations on various subjects then open discussion. 


Crime and the Media (Criminology second term course) ~ Dr. Chris McCormick
This course provided a critical look at how crime is portrayed in the media.  Some of the topics we covered was the creation of social panics through over and misrepresentation of certain types of crime in the media, how reporters do their jobs and how this influences the public’s perception of actual crime and crime rates.  Subjects included stranger assaults, school shootings, domestic violence and pandemics and other health risks.  The reporting of these events in the media has far reaching consequences.  We were required to do case studies of a particular topic of interest and examine media coverage including content and context analysis and an analysis of emotion in various news stories.  This was an interesting course which raised a different perspective on how journalists do their jobs.

Race and Ethnic Relations (Sociology second term course) ~ Dr. Sylvia Hale
This course examined how Canada and other places around the world looks from the perspective of the non-dominant culture.  This course took a critical look at colonialism, assimilation and multiculturalism as a solution to the “problem” of ethnicity.  We covered history from the 1600s to the present from a sociological perspective; looking at how race and ethnicity are socially constructed and answering the tough questions such as; “How does racism get done when everyone denies they are racist?”  Dr. Hale provided us with a great breadth of reading material and four writing assignments to ensure we had a clear grasp on what racism looks like in the present day, how it is systemic, not personal, and how it affects the life chances of those who are considered “visible minorities”.  This was a fascinating course and gave me an entirely new perspective on life in Canada.

Radio Journalism II (Journalism second term course) ~ Mark Tunney
The second term of this course had us in the studio doing LIVE radio shows!  The format for this class was to develop a theme based half hour radio show to air on UNB/STU’s campus radio in the Lunchbox time slot.  In groups of three we gathered stories from our classmates, wrote and contributed our own stories, wrote script, selected music, rehearsed, timed and eventually presented our show live on air.  Time spent in class was also used to gather “tape” from our classmates to be used in our shows.  I enjoyed the radio course as a whole and the live show was a rush.

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