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TEACHxperts: Developing Empathy Through Multimedia Storytelling

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Norris University Center | Room 102 (Evans Room)

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Developing Empathy Through Multimedia Storytelling

Light refreshments will be provided for this brownbag talk:

In spring 2017, Mei-Ling Hopgood led a cross-cultural, multilingual storytelling project focused on international students. A team of domestic and international students from the Medill School of Journalism traveled in the U.S. and Beijing to study context, interview subjects and produce multimedia stories on the experiences of Chinese students in the Midwest. In this TEACHxperts session, Hopgood will explore and reflect on the power of multimedia interviewing and storytelling to help promote understanding towards a segment of the community that is often ignored.

She found that American journalism students listened to the interviews of Chinese students with rapt attention, and a little ashamed that they never thought about how their international classmates might experience college. The interviews revealed that their classmates might feel isolated—and are not just isolating themselves. International students might share stories of racism and isolation they've experienced on social media but never report the incidents. They might struggle with small talk and connecting with fellow students and professors, even while they are perceived to be high achievers.


During this session, participants will:

  • Discover how to to use technology with context and reflection on identity to create a deeper level of empathy for global classmates
  • Learn the Dos and Don'ts Hopgood discovered and will integrate in future courses
  • Discuss with your peers how you can apply these techniques in your courses
  • Learn about Medill's plan for cultural competency training, and how it may apply to your school or department


This talk is a part of the TEACHxpert speaker series and has a follow-up event one week later.

About the Speaker:

Mei-Ling Hopgood

Mei-Ling Hopgood is an associate professor in the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications at Northwestern University. She is a freelance journalist and writer who has written for various publications, ranging from the National Geographic Traveler and Marie Claire to the Miami Herald and the Boston Globe. The recipient of international and national journalism awards and as a reporter with the Detroit Free Press, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and in the Cox Newspapers Washington bureau. She has written two books, Lucky Girl and How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm.

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