Radio Series

Arc of Crisis: Bringing Context to Journalism

Produced by: Bill Drummond
The September 11th terrorist attacks affected the United States in ways beyond the obvious concerns of airport safety and security. To William Drummond, a professor of journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, the terrorist attacks exposed a weakness in the way news media had been presenting the world to the American public. For the last 20 years, the growth of 24-hour television news has dramatically increased the amount of information, but reduced the amount of context, explanation and understanding. The public was seeing more, but understanding it less. As a journalism educator, Drummond decided to teach a special class to graduate students that would rely on multimedia tools to bring more context and meaning in reporting on a region of the world that has been long ignored in the American world view. He titled the course "The Arc of Crisis."