Programs

The Gene A. Burd Institute on Media & Politics

An engaging, hands-on experience created to introduce students to the relationship between media and politics.

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  • Date

    Late June 2023
  • Duration

    7 Day Residential Program
  • Location

    Los Angeles Area
  • Cost

    $1,895.00*

2022 Summer Program Recap

Students Engage in Political and Advocacy Communication

2022 Burd Institute Summer Program Students

The Burd Institute on Media & Politics summer program concluded on Friday, July 1, on the campus of Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. High School students from across the nation addressed this year's theme, "Politics and Media in the Social Media Era." During this one-week program, students learned about the history of media and journalism in the U.S., participated in a political communication workshop, engaged with guest speakers, and much more. The bittersweet ending included many hugs and tears of joy, a testament to new and long-lasting bonds created.

Guest Speakers

  • Dan Schnur, Professor of Political Communication at USC/Pepperdine/Berkeley
  • Julie Mastrine, Allsides.org
  • Musadiq Bidar, CBS Political Correspondent

Lesson Highlights

  • History of Media and Journalism in the U.S.
  • Avoiding Bias and Objectivity in Writing
  • Political Communication Workshop
  • Project: Social Media (post or video) About a Current Issue

About the Program

Students begin with an introduction to journalism before engaging in sophisticated discussions and projects centered around political and advocacy communication. They will have opportunities to collaborate with peers in hands-on activities including analyzing media bias, writing editorial content, creating podcasts and videos, and creating political communication plans and events.

Students will have opportunities to engage with current media professionals. Past presenters include: Camille Hahn, Managing Editor of Ms. Magazine; Jeffrey Marcus, Editor, New York Times; Julie Mastrine, Allsides.com; Dan Schnur, Professor at Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy at USC; and Jonathan Karl, former White House Correspondent; Nick White, KCRW; Matthew Summy, Comcast; Amy Watanabe, Nakatomi & Associates; Danielle Fairlee, Nakatomi & Associates; Eric Dezenhall, Dezenhall Resources; Sergio Lopez, Councilmember for the City of Campbell, CA; Marilyn Chavez-Martinez, Daily Bruin; Kari Lau, Daily Bruin; Alex Leeds Matthews, U.S. News & World Report.

Who Should Attend?

The material for the Burd Institute is designed for high school students in 9th-12th grade. The youngest group who can sign up for this experience are incoming 9th graders.

Key Takeaways
  • Foundational introduction to journalism
  • Understand how the media covers politics
  • Learn to produce engaging, ethical content
  • Make friends with students who share your interests

Goals & Outcomes

Students who participate in our Burd Institute will:

1

Be better equipped to participate in government at the national, state, and local levels

2

Be able to lead and participate in civil conversations with people from different backgrounds and perspectives

3

Learn and demonstrate effective 21st-century leadership skills

4

Be ready to address current and future political, economic, and social issues facing the world

5

Be better suited to succeed in secondary and post-secondary education environments

6

Develop and hone essential critical thinking skills

  • JSA Institutes are an invaluable way to learn about politics beyond what is covered in the national media. Discussions with speakers with years of experience in lobbying and policymaking offer unique insight into what a career in politics can entail, and how to best get there.

    Brian O.
    JSA Institute Graduate
  • I was able to learn about topics I had never heard before, listen to compelling speakers, and meet inspiring students. I will make sure to apply all the skills and knowledge I have acquired in my daily life and share it with others.

  • This was an amazing opportunity and I am beyond grateful for the opportunity. To be able to be engaged with JSAers from all over the world while learning new topics every week has been so memorable and truly made me a better advocate, communicator, listener, podcaster, writer, and citizen.

  • For me, being able to participate in this institute means that I am now able to think about what I see and hear in the news in a more objective fashion and critically analyze all of the different points.

  • Media bias is usually a controversial and "hands-off" topic, but Burd made it a more interesting and approachable conversation.

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