ALL STORIES ARE STORIES ABOUT POWER: Radical narrative storytelling

Two moments are colliding: An oppressive politics of hate and repression, and a boom in narrative storytelling. So how do we use one to confront the other?

Two moments are colliding: An oppressive politics of hate and repression, and a boom in narrative storytelling. So how do we use one to confront the other?

It’s time to think deeply, meta-critically, and proactively about the work of narrative storytelling; to challenge the ways that podcasts privilege whiteness, quirkiness, empathy, and centrism, using a critical reframing lens.

Rutger’s Professor of Journalism and Media Studies, host of Uncivil & contributor to Seeing White Chenjerai Kumanyika and Sandhya Dirks, KQED reporter and host of American Suburb , offer techniques to explode traditional narratives, from both inside and outside public radio. How do we reframe the way we conceive, report, and compose stories -- especially in this political moment? This panel challenges the illusion that there is an innocent, objective, or purely entertaining story. All stories are stories about power, and our power as storytellers is to better interrogate the structures that shape, and too often determine, not just our understandings but people’s lives.


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Chenjerai Kumanyika

Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika (@catchatweetdown) is a researcher, journalist, an artist who works as an assistant professor in Rutgers University’s Department of Journalism and Media Studies.