Reynolds School Profs Featured on ThisisReno
Story by RSJ Student Writer Tyler Hersko
ThisisReno is run by Reynold’s school graduate Bob Conrad and covers local news and events. The publication also runs a podcast that feature an array of community members. During his time on the podcast, File, who was hired by the Reynolds school earlier this year, discussed media laws, Nevada’s press industry and independent journalism.
“The public wants to know about people who are in the public eye, even if they just happen to be socialites or shady businessmen,” File said on the podcast. “Some of this is salacious and some of this doesn’t seem like important public-interest news … You’ve got a push-pull relationship between society and journalists about what journalism ought to be.”
File’s work at the University is focused on media law. Much of his research concerns the relationship between technology and journalism, with his dissertation focusing on the telegraph in the turn of the 20th century. He currently teaches JOUR 305: Media Ethics and Jour 401: First Amendment and Society.
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Barber’s podcast is focused on her various documentary projects and narrative journalism.
Barber was hired by the university in 2013 as an electronic media professor. In addition to her work as a freelance journalist covering human rights in Southeast Africa and West and Central Asia, Barber has won several awards for documentary filmmaking. She currently teaches JOUR 421: Video/Audio Field Reporting and JOUR 460: Documentary Filmmaking.
Barber’s upcoming documentary “Struggle and Hope” will focus on the history of Oklahoma’s dwindling all-black towns. In addition to discussing her documentary work during the podcast, Barber touched on the continuing trend towards independent journalism.
“We don’t talk about [freelancing] enough with students,” Barber said. “We need to talk more about contracts, how to get a good deal and get paid what you deserve for your work. I can bring some of the experience I had as a freelancer to [the university].”
Listen to Barber’s podcast here, or you can click below.
Moving forward, both File and Barber plan on using their unique journalism experiences to expand the Reynolds school’s curriculum. According to File, students have been receptive to his courses, despite the difficult material.
“The law  class is notoriously challenging,” File said. “It requires students to rise to the challenge. I’ve been really happy; students are earnest, engaged and hardworking.”
Like File, Barber noted that the university was continuing to grow and new opportunities were constantly becoming available.
“The university is focused on increasing our global reach,” Barber said. “I think a lot of students don’t think they can do that. That’s something that I hope I bring to the team, having more diversity as a freelancer and international reporter. The university is not stuck in the past, people are really willing to listen to new ideas.”