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Join author Leonard Teel as he explores the good, the bad, and the ugly of exporting American Journalism

August 31, 2017
3 p.m. 
Holliday Forum
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 one.

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.