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Video Spotlight: Summer Harlow

After years of working as a journalist in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Brazil, assistant professor of journalism Summer Harlow is using research and experiences to train the next generation.

Dr. Harlow led the Global Communication Summit in February. This fall, she introduced a new class to the Valent School of Communication: Media for Social Justice. Dr. Harlow will also be teaching a class in Spring 2020 about Immigration Reporting.

Through her work and teaching, Dr. Harlow is challening the protest paradigm trap. She argues that the mainstream media tends to cover protesters by focusing on violence rather than the underlying issues. Her mission is to train student to avoid this trap.

“I think that we as journalists have to put humanity first, and sometimes that means maybe having to take a stand,” Harlow said.