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Media report for May 3-22, 2020

May 27, 2020   |  WFU News and Communications

The Wake Forest News Media Report for May 3-22, 2020 is now available online.

Waiting for the tsunami: The mediated narrative of COVID-19 in India

May 12, 2020   |  Forbes

Ananda Mitra, professor of communication at Wake Forest, wrote about the troubling way in which certain segments of media choose to represent the impact of COVID-19 on different parts of the World. “The use of language, images, and the representation continues to reproduce narratives that display certain countries from the orientalist perspective,” said Mitra. Western media outlets have continued an “orientalist refrain of unpreparedness and backwardness” when predicting COVID-19 outcomes in India, though rates of infection in the country have remained low.

The HyFlex option for instruction if campuses open this fall

May 13, 2020   |  Inside Higher Ed

Betsy Barre, executive director of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching at Wake Forest, said she saw professors and institutions embracing hybrid-flexible models as if they could just put a camera in the classroom and let far-flung students listen in — “kind of a 1990s distance learning,” she said. “It may be a convenient fix to ensure social distancing, but I’m worried it’s popular because it allows schools to say they’re offering face-to-face courses without having to change much to stay safe,” she said. She stressed the importance of differentiating between the sort of “blended synchronous” approach many professors used to conduct their classes via Zoom this spring, versus the fully developed online and face-to-face pathways.

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