Professor reports from Compton for NPR, gains international headlines after Dr. Dre movie dominates box office

August 25, 2015

Corey Takahashi didn't just talk about "Straight Outta Compton," he actually visited

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Newhouse assistant professor Corey Takahashi reported from Compton, California for NPR recently, for a story inspired by the music biopic "Straight Outta Compton," which tells the story of NWA's rise and social and political influence in the '80s and '90s. 

"It’s relevant to the media industry for a variety of reasons," Takahashi says. "There has been an absolute flood of media coverage of Compton, California. The reason I produced this story for NPR, though, is because I predicted (correctly) that few journalists would actually go to Compton, to see what the city looks like today vs. what they think they know about Compton through pop culture and social media. I reported in Compton, and my story shows the gap between perception and today’s reality."

Read or listen to Takahashi's story on NPR here.

Since the story was published and the movie became a surprise hit at the box office, several international media outlets have quoted Takahashi and linked to the story. Here's one: South China Morning Post: 'Straight Outta Compton' biopic about pioneering rap group NWA puts notorious U.S. city on map