Burd Institute

Virtual Gene A. Burd Institute on Media & Politics

Fast Facts  

Dates for the entire program:

  • 11/7 (1pm - 4pm PT)

  • 11/11 (5pm - 8pm PT)

  • 11/14 (1pm - 4pm PT)

  • 11/21 (1pm - 4pm PT)

Location: Virtually

Tuition: $225.00

Number of Students: 75-100 


The Burd Institute will focus students on crafting solid editorial content for various mediums.  The program includes opportunities for: 

  • Networking with young people from across California and the country who are dedicated to making a difference in their communities and the world at large
  • Learning and interacting with various digital mediums from accomplished experts in their field
  • Gaining practical real-world knowledge through conversations and networking with like-minded students and leaders from a broad array of roles and sectors
  • Engaging in reflective activities to ​gain insight into communication styles, strengths​, ​and  development opportunities

Students who participate in the program will:

  • Evaluate sources and identify bias and fake news.
  • Understand how to use various mediums to reach a specific target audience
  • Create a tangible product 
  • Develop a plan for using knowledge/content post-program

In 2020, we launched an online institute that includes a digital community space to share ideas and interact and network with like-minded individuals of varying ages. This fall, students will be able to participate in an engaging but accelerated version of this online institute.  

How will it work?

The web-based version of the Burd Institute will include panel discussions, presentations from individuals, classroom learning, and various experiential learning activities aligned with all of the information being presented.  


Program Outcomes

  • Participants will understand and be better equipped to participate in government/politics at the national, state, and local levels
  • Participants will be able to lead and participate in civil conversations with people from different backgrounds and perspectives
  • Participants will learn and demonstrate effective, 21st-century leadership skills
  • Participants will develop and hone essential critical thinking skills and be ready to address current and future political, economic, and social issues facing the world
  • Students will be better suited to succeed in secondary and post-secondary education environments
  • Classroom educators will increase their ability/capacity to deliver engaging civic leadership lessons in the learning environment

Module Overview:

Documenting Crisis

In the Fall 2020 Institute, students will be introduced to the concepts of bias and objective writing, within the framework of crisis.  Students will distinguish between the concepts of bias and fake news and evaluate sources.  As an assignment, students will work in groups to create examples of objective journalism in the form of written pieces, audio news segments or podcast episodes.  This institute asks students to consider the role of media in times of crisis and uncertainty.