Abuse of power
Megan Twohey (left) and Jodi Kantor
Read/Watch for next week
Alert: The following stories include descriptions of sexual harassment and violence against women and children.
Charles Lewis, “Perks of Power: Interview with Florence Graves,” investigatingpower.org, 2012
Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, “Harvey Weinstein Paid Off Sexual Harassment Accusers for Decades,” The New York Times, 2017
Megan Shutzer, Rachel Lauren Mueller, “Dying Inside: Chaos and Cruelty in Lousiana Juvenile Detention,” The New York Times, 2022
Optional Video: Molly Crockett, "Your Brain Is Hardwired for Outrage," The Well, 2022
Lecture / Q&A
What is abuse of power? Why does—or doesn't—it provoke outrage? How do you challenge it in a way that can benefit the public?
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WK 4 Homework Tools
Do the following three items for homework.
1: Read/watch this week's assigned materials.
2: Write and submit on Brightspace ONE of the following: pretending that you are Megan Twohey or Jodi Kantor, write a one-paragraph pitch for the Harvey Weinstein story; 2) pretending that you are Megan Shutzer or Rachel Lauren Miller, write a one-paragraph pitch for a story about Ware Juvenile Detention Center.
3: Using Lexis/Nexis, find one news article each about 1) how Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has responded to the New York Times story about Ware Juvenile Detention Center, AND 2) how Louisiana Juvenile Justice Director Bill Sommers has responded to the same story. Then download both articles and submit them on Brightspace. You do NOT have to write anything for this assignment; you just have to submit the two articles. To find and use Lexis/Nexis in Xavier University Library's online resources, follow the steps in the video below.
Click on the image below for step-by-step instructions for navigating to and within Lexis/Nexis.
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