LSU Reilly Center to Host Leonard Teel Presentation on the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Exporting American Journalism

Leonard TeelBATON ROUGE – The LSU Manship School of Mass Communication’s Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs will welcome Leonard Teel to lead a talk on the good, the bad and the ugly of exporting the American journalism model. Teel will present in the Holliday Forum at the Manship School on Thursday, Aug. 31, at 3 p.m.

Teel will 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 assisted 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, detailed in the LSU Press book “Reporting the Cuban Revolution: How Castro Manipulated American Journalists.” 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. 

Teel is an award-winning daily newspaper journalist turned professor at Georgia State University, where he taught for 32 years. He currently holds the position of professor emeritus.

The Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs, an integral part of the Manship School of Mass Communication, uses the intellectual muscle of the school’s faculty to help solve practical problems and advance good government initiatives. The Reilly Center’s mission is to generate thoughtful programs, dialogue and research about mass communication and its many faceted relationships with social, economic and political issues.




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