Work on Next 'Bias Busters' Guide Has Begun

Posted on: August 19, 2014

Bias Busters class mainTwo graduates of the School of Journalism's "Bias Busters" class presented the project at the North American Interfaith Network conference in Detroit and sought help on the next guide in the series.

The "Bias Busters" class, taught by journalism instructor Joe Grimm, began in 2013 with the goal of using journalism to produce a series of books to replace bias and stereotypes with information and to encourage conversation among people.

So far, students have published four guides in the series, including:

  • "100 Questions & Answers About Indian Americans"
  • "100 Questions & Answers About Americans"
  • "100 Questions & Answers About Hispanics & Latinos"
  • "100 Questions & Answers About East Asian Cultures"

The series includes two more guides about Native Americans and Arab Americans.

Bias Busters class main 2Attending the North American Interfaith Network conference on Aug. 12 were Dmitri Barvinok, a 2013 journalism graduate, and Merinda Valley, a journalism senior, both former students of the "Bias Busters" class.

Barvinok and Valley explained to conference attendees how the guides are produced and asked participants for questions to be included in this fall's guide about Muslims. The group also suggested several topics for future guides as well experts who could be consulted on guides.

The Muslims guide will be the first for which a group of subject-matter experts were consulted in advance of the start of the course.

The guide, which will be released in December, also will be the first in the series to deal exclusively with religion.

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