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August 31, 2017
LSU Journalism Building
Dr. Leonard Teel, author of the LSU Press book "Reporting the Cuban Revolution: How
Castro Manipulated American Journalists," will visit the Manship School of Mass Communication
to discuss his work training foreign journalists around the globe in the American
storytelling tradition as part of a 15-year project conducted through the Center for
International Media Education, which he founded and directed at Georgia State University.
His talk, titled "American Journalism in Other Countries: Where It Has Worked and
Where It Hasn't," will contrast successful implementations of this model with an unsuccessful
Teel will illustrate this theme with examples from his latest research and topic of
his forthcoming book, which examines the repercussions that occurred when American
reporters taught journalists in Nigeria, Pakistan, and the Middle East to weave the
threads of narrative into their reporting on social and economic issues.
Teel will compare this with the story of Fidel Castro’s manipulative use of 13 American
foreign correspondents as propagandists in the service of his 1950s revolution. The
narrative framing in these reports influenced the opinions of the American public
and U.S. policymakers, unwittingly assisting Castro in his rise to power in Cuba.