Course Listings | Fall 2015

Course information subject to change. Please check back frequently for updates. All courses are at 20 Cooper Square unless otherwise noted. To view a course description and syllabus, click on each course’s Title. Electives are the last tab and are available to all students.

» Undergraduate Journalism

Journalism as Literature: Journalism and the American Road

Monday 11:00am-1:30pm

David Dent

Journalism as Literature: Journalism and the American Road

Instructor: David Dent

Course ID: JOUR-UA 504, section 002

Days: Monday 11:00am-1:30pm

Room: 20 Cooper Square, room 653

» Syllabus (PDF)

In this course, students will explore the visions of American social, cultural and political life and upheaval by way of the travelogue. In the process, we will explore some of the world’s best reportage and nonfiction

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Journalism as Literature: Learning from the Best to be the Best

Tuesday 11:00am-1:30pm

Michael Norman

Journalism as Literature: Learning from the Best to be the Best

Instructor: Michael Norman

Course ID: JOUR-UA 504, section 001

Days: Tuesday 11:00am-1:30pm

Room: 20 Cooper Square, room 654

» Syllabus (PDF)

Learning from The Best To Be The Best is a survey of some of the most entertaining and well-written literary journalism of the last two centuries. We will read these articles and book excerpts carefully - "deep reading," it is called - to discover how good writers take basic journalism and enliven it with literary technique. We want to catalog as much of that technique and structure as we can so that we can "steal it," appropriate the devices for our own work. Students will work in teams; each week a team will "present" the readings and incite a discussion with the rest of the class. There will be some three to five formal academic papers in which students will be asked to demonstrate their understanding of the material, and there will be a number of "creative" assignments as well. The main text for the course is an excellent anthology of non-fiction: The Art of Fact by Kerrane and Yagoda.

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Journalism & Society: Covering the Earth

Tuesday 10:00am-1:00pm

Dan Fagin

Journalism & Society: Covering the Earth

Instructor: Dan Fagin

Course ID: JOUR-UA 503, section 003

Days: Tuesday 10:00am-1:00pm

Room: 20 Cooper Square, room 653

» Syllabus (PDF)

Environmental journalism is hot again, and not only because the climate is warming – though that helps. As web-based platforms increasingly dominate mass media, what specific forms should the “new” environmental journalism take? This class will begin by tracing the development of traditional environmental journalism from John Muir to John McPhee and will then look closely at how the field is adapting to a fast-changing media landscape. With the help of guests and timely readings, we will confront thorny questions about environmental advocacy, citizen media, issue framing, risk balancing and the scientific process. And yes, we will produce stories that matter on the biggest news beat of all. This advanced seminar will include intensive journalistic writing assignments, as well as extensive readings for in-class discussion.

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Journalism & Society: Minorities in the Media

Thursday 11:00am-1:30pm

Pamela Newkirk

Journalism & Society: Minorities in the Media

Instructor: Pamela Newkirk

Course ID: JOUR-UA 503.002

Days: Thursday 11:00am-1:30pm

Room: 20 Cooper Square, room 654

» Syllabus (PDF)

It has been 40 years since President Johnson’s National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders released its findings on the civil unrest that erupted in urban areas across the nation. The panel, commonly referred to as the Kerner Commission, concluded that we are living in two nations, “black, white, separate and unequal,” and devoted an entire chapter to the impact the media had on the nation’s race relations. “We believe that the media have thus far failed to report adequately on the causes and consequences of civil disorders and the underlying problems of race relations,” the report said. It added: “The media report and write from the standpoint of a white man’s world. The ills of the ghetto, the difficulties of life there, the Negro’s burning sense of grievance, are seldom conveyed.”
The report criticized as “shockingly backward” the industry’s failure to hire, train and promote African Americans. At the time, fewer than five percent of the newsroom jobs in the United States were held by African Americans. Today, despite the progress that’s been made in the hiring and coverage of African Americans and other so-called minorities, many critics say that the Kerner Report findings continue to resonate today. With the report as a backdrop, we will examine the portrayals of racial and ethnic minorities in the media, paying particular attention to African Americans – the subject of the Kerner Report – but also others, including Latinos, Asians, women, and gays and lesbians.

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Journalism & Society: Women and the Media

Tuesday 12:30pm-3:00pm

Carol Sternhell

Journalism & Society: Women and the Media

Instructor: Carol Sternhell

Course ID: JOUR-UA 503, section 001

Days: Tuesday 12:30pm-3:00pm

Room: 20 Cooper Square, room 657

» Syllabus (PDF)

Women & the Media is a collaborative seminar designed to examine the complex relationship
(or different, contradictory relationships) between those humans we call “women” and those
forms of discourse we call “media.” We will consider women both as subjects and objects, as
artists and models, as creators of “media” in its many forms and as media’s creations. What
does our culture’s “media” tell us about its ideas of gender? What, if anything, does our gender
tell us about our readings of “media”? Student participation in this seminar is key: students are
expected to attend all sessions, to complete all the reading (there's lots of reading!), to
participate actively in discussion, and to lead one of the class sessions themselves. Leading a
class means opening the day’s conversation with a presentation, critiquing and elaborating on
the assigned reading, bringing in additional relevant material, and suggesting questions or
issues that seem particularly interesting or troublesome. The purpose of the course is to
develop our critical and self-critical faculties as journalists, media critics, consumers of media,
and women or men—to think clearly, challenge our pet assumptions, and have fun.
Along with attendance and informed class participation, students are required to conduct a miniresearch
project and present their findings to the class. I want you to pick a “women and media”
topic that really interests you and then report the hell out of it. If you’re interested in the effect of
music videos on teenage girls, for instance, you would first put together an extensive
bibliography of what has already been written on the subject. You would figure out what the key
questions in the field were: do media images affect teens’ behavior or not, and how can anyone
tell? You might interview some of the leading researchers in the area and tell us what they say.
You’ll certainly want to read the most important books/articles on your subject. A paper is not
required; instead, students will present their findings to the class during our last three sessions.

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Production & Publication: TV Newscast

Tuesday 2:00pm-7:00pm

Joe Peyronnin

Production & Publication: TV Newscast

Instructor: Joe Peyronnin

Course ID: JOUR-UA 302, section 001

Days: Tuesday 2:00pm-7:00pm

Room: 20 Cooper Square, TV Studio (room 761)

» Syllabus (PDF)

Students in this class will be involved in every aspect of producing a television newscast. The weekly shows will be broadcast live on the NYU cable system and streamed online. Each student will take on a different role, from anchoring, line producing, directing, to running audio, prompter or EP’ing.  There will be strong emphasis on script writing, story selection and placement, as well as execution in the control room. The class assignments include both editorial and operational functions. Our class will act as a living newsroom where there is a tight deadline to get the show on the air. There will also be reporting assignments outside of the Tuesday class. “NYU Tonight” airs at 6pm every Tuesday for 30 minutes.  We will reconvene as a group from 630 to 7p for post-game discussion.

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Issues and Ideas: Covering Sub-Saharan Africa

Monday 3:30pm-6:00pm

Frankie Edozien

Issues and Ideas: Covering Sub-Saharan Africa

Instructor: Frankie Edozien

Course ID: JOUR-UA 505.001

Days: Monday 3:30pm-6:00pm

Room: 20 Cooper Square, room 655

» Syllabus (PDF)

Challenges, Issues and Ideas in Covering Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa covers a vast area of 55 countries and 1.1 billion inhabitants. There are countries that are emerging economic powers and heading towards industrialization. In other cases, some countries are taking the lead in developing technology hubs, and testing out new forms of mobile banking and virtual money. Other countries wield considerable “soft power” via their film, music and contemporary culture and they are driving the way Africans present themselves to the world.

Comprehensive coverage of Africa is scant. The sparse coverage is often a variation of an incomplete portrait that has dominated the Western media for the last 50 years: tales of starvation, political instability and disease are mainstays. There is often little or no historical or political context in most of this coverage.

This course will provide students with an understanding of contemporary issues around the various regions on the African continent. We will examine the role of religion, including religious extremism that has led to the near- splintering of several societies; the struggles to develop viable democratic models; cultural norms and practices; and issues of economic development and empowerment. We will focus on the challenges of telling stories from Sub-Saharan Africa that are not the same old stories, with the same tired clichés.

We will accomplish this by reading works that combine history, political analysis and narrative journalism. This historical and political background will help students to eventually write about the region with depth and nuance, and to evaluate the coverage that they read. In addition, we will analyze the evolution and implications of the myriad of U.S. foreign policy actions on the African continent.

Today, Africa is poised for an era of political and cultural renewal. The continent’s population is expected to double by 2050 and its influence on the world stage is growing.

We will discuss the challenges of reporting from regions with competing narratives, authoritarian regimes that have little respect for a free press, and places where journalists must work under constant danger. We also will strive to on occasion have guest speakers who have worked as foreign correspondents or editors managing coverage of Africa. By the end of this course, you will hopefully be a more informed reader and analyst of events in the continent.

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Elective Reporting Topics:Punditry for Fun and Profit: Opinion Writing in the Digital Era

Wednesday 12:30pm-3:00pm

Charles Seife

Elective Reporting Topics:Punditry for Fun and Profit: Opinion Writing in the Digital Era

Instructor: Charles Seife

Course ID: JOUR-UA 204, section 001

Days: Wednesday 12:30pm-3:00pm

Room: 20 Cooper Square, room 659

» Syllabus (PDF)

This four-point course will both survey what the emerging field of data journalism is about and plunge students into the practice of it.  Students will learn how to find useful documents and other sources of data, extract meaningful information from large data sets, prepare data for public use, and make it possible for consumers of the news to interact with the data. They will also learn how to use data to perform investigative journalism. Outstanding examples of data journalism from around the world will be studied -- and the techniques those pieces used will be added to students' arsenals. A final project will test students’ skills in using data to produce publishable-quality journalism.  

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Methods and Practice: Visual Reporting

Friday 10:00am-1:40pm

Kathy Willens

Methods and Practice: Visual Reporting

Instructor: Kathy Willens

Course ID: JOUR-UA 203, section 001

Days: Friday 10:00am-1:40pm

Room: 20 Cooper Square, room 655

» Syllabus (PDF)

COURSE OBJECTIVES:
• Learn to use a digital SLR camera. Practice the skills and techniques professionals use to produce storytelling
images. Learn to capture fleeting moments, document daily life and special events. By semester’s end, you
should have a basic understanding of the impact photographs have on society, the legal and ethical concerns
of photojournalists, digital production of photographs, and the importance of captions and text
accompanying photos. You should also have a variety of photojournalistic images suitable for an entry-level
portfolio.
• Learn to cover local events, develop your own story ideas, edit and scan your photographs using Adobe
Photoshop, Elements, or other image-editing programs. Share your photos with classmates.
• This is NOT a basic photography class. A portion of the class will be devoted to learning basic digital camera
skills. The emphasis is on taking and editing good pictures. A basic understanding of camera operation and
exposure is recommended.

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Methods and Practice: Point of View

Friday 12:20pm-4:00pm

James McBride

Methods and Practice: Point of View

Instructor: James McBride

Course ID: JOUR-UA 202, section 001

Days: Friday 12:20pm-4:00pm

Room: 20 Cooper Square,652

» Syllabus (PDF)

Be ready to write longhand. No computers. No cell phones in class. Pencil and
yellow legal sized paper only. Please be on time. Bring a jacket and a metro card.
For the first class, there is absolute silence when you enter the room. No
talking. Not even to say hello to your neighbor. You want to hear a hello? Here it
is: Hello. Now, no talking for the first ten minutes of class. It sounds stupid, but it
is our first exercise.

Good writing is all about finding the right detail or set of details that will show, not
tell, the event to the listener. You are always fighting gravity, always fighting the reader
who will close the paper, book, magazine and tune you out. We will focus on placing you
in the right mental place to find the details that will tell the story, from your perspective, in
a way that is honest to your truth and hold the reader.

There will be some reading aloud in class. There will be no bloodlettings. If
you’re willing to fail, you will be successful. If you’re already a journalistic success, this
isn’t the class for you. Remember, writing is the act of continually failing at excellence,
and uniformity is the ceiling against which great writing will forever bump. The mid term
and final will be your writing.

Before each class, you will be expected to read the following excerpts from “A
Nietzsche Reader” (Penguin) translated by R. J. Hollingdale. They are not long, but they
are important. We may alter this list based on my assessment of your abilities . Reading
assignments in Gary Smith and Micheal Herr’s books, as well as our Marvel Comic
class, will be assigned as we go deeper into the semester and I am able to assess your
abilities.

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Honors - Print Long Form Bias

Wed 2:00pm-4:30pm

Brooke Kroeger

Honors - Print Long Form Bias

Instructor: Brooke Kroeger

Course ID: JOUR-UA 351.02

Days: Wed 2:00pm-4:30pm

Room: 20 Cooper Square, 655

» Syllabus (PDF)

CONTEXT AND MAIN OBJECTIVE

Our objective over the course of this year, I hope, is already clear: We are going to produce a piece of heavily reported, gorgeously crafted long-form journalism in the narrative, expository, or investigative style as the equivalent of an academic senior honors thesis. It’s as simple as that. If you were writing an honors thesis for your companion major in CAS, it would need to be something like 40 to 60 pages with full citations. In Journalism, we do this differently, with respect to common journalistic practice. We write for the sophisticated general reading public, not for academics, but we also want to present work that reflects a scholar’s knowledge and intent but that is produced to engage readers with our research and writing in the journalistic way.

You will find that this course is is likely not the same as other classes you have taken. It’s more of an organized tutorial in a group setting, sometimes with individual conferences, too. It is built to a large extent to address any lacks you feel. I will endeavor to fill those gaps as effectively as possible.


Earlier groups have reported devoting anywhere from 10 to 20 hours a week to this project. Most enjoyed the freedom of being able to choose their own subjects as they delighted and agonized about pursuing their stories maniacally for a solid year. Students have especially liked the challenge and freedom of writing at significant length. There is always joy and frenzy in producing the magazine and we will experience that, too.

 

EXPLOITING AND VERIFYING YOUR KNOWLEDGE

It is not a requirement, but I strongly encourage you to draw your subject however broadly from the learning you are doing in your companion major. We will talk more about that.

We will also produce a fact-checking research and citation list that shows the academic research we have done on the topic, the interviews we have conducted, the published work we will be referring to or citing, and the other writers and researches we have examined to inform our thinking.

 

INTEGRITY

It goes without saying that I expect the highest journalistic standard and that no form of plagiarism, falsification or fabrication of any kind will be tolerated.


SPECS

The expected length of this piece will be a minimum of 6,000 words and a maximum of 9,000 words. Your model? Long-form pieces in the Atlantic, Harper’s, The New Yorker, Esquire, and the like. In previous classes, student stories have been published as is, in excerpt, or re-fashioned into go-to blogs and reflective personal pieces.

Here’s our zine to help you know where we are headed and where your work will appear no matter what:
http://shoeleathermagazine.com.

If the prospects for publication are good, we will “password protect” to keep the work off search engines until you are ready to release it. Once released, we will re-post it on our site with a link to the other url.


MULTIMEDIA

You’ll note these pieces were illustrated with handsome slide shows and with a fashion video (Wu) in one case. You will need to produce and/or provide (with permission) multimedia elements to enhance your work, so you need to plan this as you go. For that reason, we will complete our final drafts by the end of March so that we have April to produce our multimedia accompaniments. And also for that reason, have a camera at the ready when you’re out reporting. If you don’t already have a good tape recorder with a USB connection, you’ll want one.

THE CLASS BLOG/BEATNOTES

We will blog every week for ourselves, privately, with an 8 pm deadline the night before class. We do this on my Basecamp site, http://bknyu.basecamphq.com, where I will enroll you. This is a variation on the time-honored journalistic tradition of producing weekly “beat notes.” Offering these to each other will also encourage you to exercise your writing voice while it keeps you focused on our long-term goal by picking away at the story week after week. Benign accountability. These beat notes should be well-crafted and engaging. They should reflect the week’s street reporting, interviewing, reading, scholarly conversations, and reflections – whatever gives flesh to your ideas and helps you focus in on the writing to come. For me and for your classmate, they have the important side benefit of keeping the rest of us current with your progress. It helps us know about the challenges you encounter and where we might have helpful suggestions. It helps me to see where there are common issues we can address in class. Being generous about the work of others enables others to be generous about yours, so we will devote time regularly to each other. You will find yourself called upon to do this throughout your professional careers, so we may as well start now. As to blogging publicly about your work, or creating a Tumblr or whatnot -- your choice. One student has done this in the past. Most choose to keep their findings under wraps until they publish. Likewise, I’ve not yet had a student who tweeted about his or her subject area during the year, but I’m open to that. All of this is your choice and we can discuss the pros and cons. We will also decide as a group how private or public we want our group effort as a class to be as it unfolds.

INSPIRATIONAL BUT CRITICAL READING

We will study the work of the greats for inspiration and for craft. Most classes will involve time spent studying the work of the great long-form narrative journalists, current and past. Sometimes I will invite you to invite your heroes in to talk with us, or I will ask you to interview them on our behalf and share what you learn with the rest of the group. I will suggest pieces for us to read (some great, some not-so) to help us set our own standards. We will analyze together what we admire and what we don’t, using a method called “Charting” to help you understand the critical importance of structure. It’s important to do the readings ahead of time, please. Sometimes I hope you will make suggestions growing out of your own research and reporting.

EXERCISES IN NARRATIVE TECHNIQUE

We will do exercises in narrative technique that will come weekly as part of your BeatNote assignment. I will be encouraging you in a variety of ways to work with a bagful of literary devices. The most common errors of your predecessors have been trite phrase and word choice, indiscriminate use of the passive voice, appositive pile-ups, and the squandering of the element of suspense. Think about these and try to self-edit them out before we see your weekly posts.

DURF PROPOSALS

We will apply for DURF grants to support our research. I will work with you closely on these. The deadline comes at a very convenient time of the year in helping us to hone our ideas and pinpoint exactly what we are going after.  This class traditionally has had a very good success rate with the DURF judges.

ONE FALL ARTICLE ASSIGNMENT

In addition to our blogs, we will do one major (minor compared to the thesis) reporting-writing assignment in the Fall term. Your query will be due the second week in November and your story will be due the day before Thanksgiving break, so that you can have a real break and I have time to edit the pieces, giving us time to discuss them in class and you time to rewrite them before the term ends. We call these “Element” pieces. They will emanate from your overall research and reporting and come in at 1200-1500 words. They will not be a capsule version of the Honors project, but only an element of it that you are ready to develop by the time we are working on it. It could be a profile of one of the protagonists or even one of the minor figures in your story. It could be a closer look at one of the institutions that show up in your reporting. It could be the development of a trend that works into your overall piece. The idea is to exercise your writing muscle in a structured form and to produce something that deepens your understanding of the overall subject matter and moves you along to the bigger goal. Many of these have ended up as a section of the big piece; others just provide background that helps you write with more fluidity and comprehension once we get to February. If you pick your subject right, it could be publishable on its own. That has happened.

TYPICAL CLASS SCHEDULE


Our class is 2 ½ hours long. Typically, I will go over the Beatnotes to point out issues I’m seeing that relate to everyone’s work generally. Often, we will dissect one or two of them for particular points that will hopefully be helpful to everyone. Everyone will get a chance over the course of the term to be in the hot seat. We will discuss the reading assignment, have a methods lab exercise (emanating from issues we see emerging) or a guest writer/editor/speaker to whom we can pitch our work. In the second term, we will have weeks where we are in private conference. This can only happen, of course, when the work is in solid draft.


I will post the readings and the timetable for the following week the evening prior to the following week’s class. The choices have to be built out of your needs as they emerge, so bear with me on this. There is method!

STORY QUERIES AND DRAFTS


For your story queries and drafts, when we get to that, I might ask you to use the “Writeboard” function of Basecamp, or, at times we will use Google Docs, which is great for collaborative editing. I will let you know which and will give you a tutorial so you can make maximum use of their wonders.

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Investigating Journalism (lecture)

Mon/Wed 3:30pm-4:45pm

Mohamad Bazzi

Investigating Journalism (lecture)

Instructor: Mohamad Bazzi

Course ID: JOUR-UA 501, Section 001

Days: Mon/Wed 3:30pm-4:45pm

Room: GCASL 95

» Syllabus (PDF)

Journalism and Prospective Journalism Majors

JOUR-UA 501Investigating Journalism
(formerly  JOUR-UA 501 Foundations of Journalism)

This lecture course will introduce you to issues in journalistic writing and reporting, such as the choices journalists face in method, style, and form; the political impact of the news media; questions of sensationalism, bias, and diversity, and the current digital upheaval. To better understand what journalism has been and might be, students are also introduced to a selection of the best journalism, from Edward R. Murrow on migrant farm workers to Adrian Nicole LeBlanc on family life around the drug trade in the Bronx. Your work will be reading the assigned pieces, coming to class ready to comment on and question them, preparing for some tests and producing a paper of two during the semester. (Unlike most of the courses in the Carter Institute and the Journalism major, this is not a reporting and writing course, though reporting and writing will often be discussed. )

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Journalistic Inquiry

Mon/Wed 9:00am-10:50pm

Keith Kloor

Journalistic Inquiry

Instructor: Keith Kloor

Course ID: JOUR-UA 101, Section 002

Days: Mon/Wed 9:00am-10:50pm

Room: 20 Cooper Square, room 654

JOURNALISTIC INQUIRY

Prerequisites: Foundations

This is the first-level reporting, research and writing course, which emphasizes in-depth research and interviewing technique as it introduces a variety of journalistic forms, including the reported essay, the newspaper pyramid style, magazine and newspaper feature style and broadcast newswriting style. The course focuses heavily on the critical and impartial examination of issues through research and reporting. Research methodology is key, as are observation and interview preparation and techniques. Research and reporting projects will include interviews, off- and on-line research, including books, government and non-governmental documents, interviews and databases, scholarly journals and other sources. This course provides a strong foundation in basic journalistic forms, issues and responsibilities.

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Journalistic Inquiry

Monday/Wednesday 6:20pm-8:10pm

Rosemary McManus Beirne

Journalistic Inquiry

Instructor: Rosemary McManus Beirne

Course ID: JOUR-UA 101, Section 004

Days: Monday/Wednesday 6:20pm-8:10pm

Room: 20 Cooper Square, room 659

» Syllabus (PDF)

JOURNALISTIC INQUIRY

Prerequisites: Foundations

This is the first-level reporting, research and writing course, which emphasizes in-depth research and interviewing technique as it introduces a variety of journalistic forms, including the reported essay, the newspaper pyramid style, magazine and newspaper feature style and broadcast newswriting style. The course focuses heavily on the critical and impartial examination of issues through research and reporting. Research methodology is key, as are observation and interview preparation and techniques. Research and reporting projects will include interviews, off- and on-line research, including books, government and non-governmental documents, interviews and databases, scholarly journals and other sources. This course provides a strong foundation in basic journalistic forms, issues and responsibilities.

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Course Description

To fully prepare you for a career as a journalist, you need to get down to basics. In this class, we’re going to analyze stories from the ground up—beginning with idea generation, continuing to interviewing fundamentals, all the way up to writing, rewriting and the editing process. We’ll spend some time in the classroom, looking at stories and analyzing construction and style, and then we’ll hit the streets to do some hands-on experience including man-on-the-streets, covering events, etc. The goal: By semester’s end, you’ll be comfortable pitching ideas in class and on paper, producing a story on deadline (tweaking it to work for print, broadcast and—even—online) and approaching strangers and expert sources for comment. We’ll do all of this in 15 weeks. The class will be full of interesting experiences, including a police ridealong, coverage of local meetings and interviewing the real people that make this city great.

 

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Journalistic Inquiry

Tues/Thur 6:20pm-8:10pm

Rollo Romig

Journalistic Inquiry

Instructor: Rollo Romig

Course ID: JOUR-UA 101, Section 009

Days: Tues/Thur 6:20pm-8:10pm

Room: 20 Cooper Square, room 659

» Syllabus (PDF)

JOURNALISTIC INQUIRY

Prerequisites: Foundations

This is the first-level reporting, research and writing course, which emphasizes in-depth research and interviewing technique as it introduces a variety of journalistic forms, including the reported essay, the newspaper pyramid style, magazine and newspaper feature style and broadcast newswriting style. The course focuses heavily on the critical and impartial examination of issues through research and reporting. Research methodology is key, as are observation and interview preparation and techniques. Research and reporting projects will include interviews, off- and on-line research, including books, government and non-governmental documents, interviews and databases, scholarly journals and other sources. This course provides a strong foundation in basic journalistic forms, issues and responsibilities.

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Course Description

To fully prepare you for a career as a journalist, you need to get down to basics. In this class, we’re going to analyze stories from the ground up—beginning with idea generation, continuing to interviewing fundamentals, all the way up to writing, rewriting and the editing process. We’ll spend some time in the classroom, looking at stories and analyzing construction and style, and then we’ll hit the streets to do some hands-on experience including man-on-the-streets, covering events, etc. The goal: By semester’s end, you’ll be comfortable pitching ideas in class and on paper, producing a story on deadline (tweaking it to work for print, broadcast and—even—online) and approaching strangers and expert sources for comment. We’ll do all of this in 15 weeks. The class will be full of interesting experiences, including a police ridealong, coverage of local meetings and interviewing the real people that make this city great.

 

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Journalistic Inquiry

Tues/Thur 6:20pm-8:10pm

Thomas Lueck

Journalistic Inquiry

Instructor: Thomas Lueck

Course ID: JOUR-UA 101, Section 001

Days: Tues/Thur 6:20pm-8:10pm

Room: 20 Cooper Square, room 655

» Syllabus (PDF)

JOURNALISTIC INQUIRY

Prerequisites: Foundations

This is the first-level reporting, research and writing course, which emphasizes in-depth research and interviewing technique as it introduces a variety of journalistic forms, including the reported essay, the newspaper pyramid style, magazine and newspaper feature style and broadcast newswriting style. The course focuses heavily on the critical and impartial examination of issues through research and reporting. Research methodology is key, as are observation and interview preparation and techniques. Research and reporting projects will include interviews, off- and on-line research, including books, government and non-governmental documents, interviews and databases, scholarly journals and other sources. This course provides a strong foundation in basic journalistic forms, issues and responsibilities.

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Description
You are going to learn to think, act and write like a journalist.
This course will provide an introduction to the basic principles of research, reporting and writing the news. You will be introduced to a variety of ways in which we work in this fast paced, deadline driven business - from writing in the traditional newspaper pyramid style to opinion and feature writing to working for broadcast, and new media. You will do lots of writing because the only way to work on your skills is to practice it over and over.

To be a good reporter you have to be informed about what's happening in the world around you. For this class, you have to read The New York Times, New York Daily News and The New York Post every day. You must watch at least 15 minutes of television news or listen to news radio a day. You must also scan the free papers. (Metro & AM NEW YORK) Once a week you will have a brief news quiz on the big stories of the week and your score will count toward your final grade.

In each class one or two students will take turns leading "Newscheck," which is a discussion on a story of their choosing from the front pages of The New York Times. Everyone must participate in the discussion.
Working journalists will visit throughout the semester. You will be expected to ask well thought out questions and take notes because you will have to write a 600-word story on each newsroom visitor. These stories will be due the day after they are assigned.

We will start out with obits and profiles where you will learn the nuances of storytelling and build up to writing a 1,000-word final news story on an issue of your choosing. This story should be good enough to be published. You will cover news events. We will get into this city's diverse colorful neighborhoods and find stories and spend lots of time exploring and hunting down news in New York City.

If a big story breaks, prepare to cover it. On any given day in the newsroom you have no idea what is going to happen. Be flexible! I can guarantee you that things will change as we go through our semester.

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Journalistic Inquiry

Tuesday/Thursday 3:30pm-5:20pm

Fran Stern

Journalistic Inquiry

Instructor: Fran Stern

Course ID: JOUR-UA 101, Section 004

Days: Tuesday/Thursday 3:30pm-5:20pm

Room: 20 Cooper Square, room 659

» Syllabus (PDF)

JOURNALISTIC INQUIRY

Prerequisites: Foundations

This is the first-level reporting, research and writing course, which emphasizes in-depth research and interviewing technique as it introduces a variety of journalistic forms, including the reported essay, the newspaper pyramid style, magazine and newspaper feature style and broadcast newswriting style. The course focuses heavily on the critical and impartial examination of issues through research and reporting. Research methodology is key, as are observation and interview preparation and techniques. Research and reporting projects will include interviews, off- and on-line research, including books, government and non-governmental documents, interviews and databases, scholarly journals and other sources. This course provides a strong foundation in basic journalistic forms, issues and responsibilities.

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Course Description

To fully prepare you for a career as a journalist, you need to get down to basics. In this class, we’re going to analyze stories from the ground up—beginning with idea generation, continuing to interviewing fundamentals, all the way up to writing, rewriting and the editing process. We’ll spend some time in the classroom, looking at stories and analyzing construction and style, and then we’ll hit the streets to do some hands-on experience including man-on-the-streets, covering events, etc. The goal: By semester’s end, you’ll be comfortable pitching ideas in class and on paper, producing a story on deadline (tweaking it to work for print, broadcast and—even—online) and approaching strangers and expert sources for comment. We’ll do all of this in 15 weeks. The class will be full of interesting experiences, including a police ridealong, coverage of local meetings and interviewing the real people that make this city great.

 

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Reporting: Multimedia

Mon/Wed 6:20-8:10pm

Sylvan Solloway

Reporting: Multimedia

Instructor: Sylvan Solloway

Course ID: JOUR-UA 102.001

Days: Mon/Wed 6:20-8:10pm

Room: 20 Cooper Square, room 655

» Syllabus (PDF)

In Reporting: Multimedia students will learn how to report news and features stories, using photographs, video and audio, with the emphasis on story-telling techniques. The course will cover how to develop story ideas, reporting techniques, scripting, audio and visual digital editing, and multimedia story-telling structures.

Reporting: Multimedia would be divided into three segments: audio, photography, and video designed for web production.  Classes will incorporate lectures, including the "best practices" in audio and video; class discussion, and in and out-of-class assignments.  Ethical and copyright issues involved in multimedia reporting will also be explored in the class. Over the course of 14 weeks students will complete all the required assignments in a specific community or neighborhood of their choosing, with the instructor's approval.

This class is open to all NYU journalism undergraduates, who have taken Investigating Journalism and Journalistic Inquiry. It will count as an elective. The course is open to students with some video experience as well as those with none. You’ll build your own Website, take photos and produce audio and video stories. It’s a great chance to hone your storytelling abilities and reporting skills across mediums.

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Reporting: Multimedia

Mon/Wed 9:00am-10:50am

Phil Rosenbaum

Reporting: Multimedia

Instructor: Phil Rosenbaum

Course ID: JOUR-UA 102.001

Days: Mon/Wed 9:00am-10:50am

Room: 20 Cooper Square, room 655

» Syllabus (PDF)

In Reporting: Multimedia students will learn how to report news and features stories, using photographs, video and audio, with the emphasis on story-telling techniques. The course will cover how to develop story ideas, reporting techniques, scripting, audio and visual digital editing, and multimedia story-telling structures.

Reporting: Multimedia would be divided into three segments: audio, photography, and video designed for web production.  Classes will incorporate lectures, including the "best practices" in audio and video; class discussion, and in and out-of-class assignments.  Ethical and copyright issues involved in multimedia reporting will also be explored in the class. Over the course of 14 weeks students will complete all the required assignments in a specific community or neighborhood of their choosing, with the instructor's approval.

This class is open to all NYU journalism undergraduates, who have taken Investigating Journalism and Journalistic Inquiry. It will count as an elective. The course is open to students with some video experience as well as those with none. You’ll build your own Website, take photos and produce audio and video stories. It’s a great chance to hone your storytelling abilities and reporting skills across mediums.

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Journalistic Inquiry

Tuesday/Thursday 9:00am-10:50pm

Lambeth Hochwald

Journalistic Inquiry

Instructor: Lambeth Hochwald

Course ID: JOUR-UA 101, Section 005

Days: Tuesday/Thursday 9:00am-10:50pm

Room: 20 Cooper Square, room 659

» Syllabus (PDF)

JOURNALISTIC INQUIRY

Prerequisites: Foundations

This is the first-level reporting, research and writing course, which emphasizes in-depth research and interviewing technique as it introduces a variety of journalistic forms, including the reported essay, the newspaper pyramid style, magazine and newspaper feature style and broadcast newswriting style. The course focuses heavily on the critical and impartial examination of issues through research and reporting. Research methodology is key, as are observation and interview preparation and techniques. Research and reporting projects will include interviews, off- and on-line research, including books, government and non-governmental documents, interviews and databases, scholarly journals and other sources. This course provides a strong foundation in basic journalistic forms, issues and responsibilities.

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Course Description

To fully prepare you for a career as a journalist, you need to get down to basics. In this class, we’re going to analyze stories from the ground up—beginning with idea generation, continuing to interviewing fundamentals, all the way up to writing, rewriting and the editing process. We’ll spend some time in the classroom, looking at stories and analyzing construction and style, and then we’ll hit the streets to do some hands-on experience including man-on-the-streets, covering events, etc. The goal: By semester’s end, you’ll be comfortable pitching ideas in class and on paper, producing a story on deadline (tweaking it to work for print, broadcast and—even—online) and approaching strangers and expert sources for comment. We’ll do all of this in 15 weeks. The class will be full of interesting experiences, including a police ridealong, coverage of local meetings and interviewing the real people that make this city great.

 

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The Beat: Reporting Downtown

Wednesday 3:30pm-7:10pm

Frankie Edozien

The Beat: Reporting Downtown

Instructor: Frankie Edozien

Course ID: JOUR-UA 201, Section 003

Days: Wednesday 3:30pm-7:10pm

Room: 20 Cooper Square, room 653

» Syllabus (PDF)

Prerequisites: Foundations, Inquiry

This course is designed to hone the student journalist's ability to research and report deeply and to be able to imagine and develop fresh ideas, test them with the strength of his or her reporting and resarch, and then to present them in story form. Students will be expected to keep weeky beat notes or blogs, exploring what is current in the topic and demonstrating week after week the shoeleather they have worn in pursuit of their subject matter. Out of this work will come four or five stories in narrative, explanatory or investigative style, depending on the instructor and the specific assignment. Syllabi differ by content of the course but all sections emphasize idea development, interview technique, reporting, background research and writing skills across genres. Broadcast sections vary only by medium.

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All semester long we will cover New York City from Riverdale to Far Rockaway.  It’s government, its budgets, its elections its restaurants, courts, neighborhoods, healthcare, all are part of our portfolio.

From Day 1, we are metro reporters who will hone our craft covering the biggest and most vibrant municipality in the nation. You will learn to research report and write authoritatively on New York City and all its problems and issues.

This is not a lecture class per se, so you will be out covering stories all over the Big Apple and then bringing them back to write on deadline. I will stress the news feature which will require a good amount of reporting before a piece is turned in but don’t be surprised if you are asked to go cover something on our beat on deadline.

You will sharpen your interviewing techniques and learn to follow up breaking news with insightful analytical pieces to go to the heart of the issue.  You will develop a keen eye for detail and your copy must reflect the details of each piece so readers are transported to the scene through your writing.

To be an effective metro reporter you must be a local news junkie, so scouring the big dailies is a must for this class, hence the New York Times, New York Daily News and the New York Post are must-reads before class. In addition to the free papers like AM New York and Metro.

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The Beat: Food Writing

Thurs 3:30pm-7:10pm

Betty Ming Liu

The Beat: Food Writing

Instructor: Betty Ming Liu

Course ID: JOUR-UA 201, Section 005

Days: Thurs 3:30pm-7:10pm

Room: 20 Cooper Square, room 750

Prerequisites: Foundations, Inquiry

This course is designed to hone the student journalist's ability to research and report deeply and to be able to imagine and develop fresh ideas, test them with the strength of his or her reporting and resarch, and then to present them in story form. Students will be expected to keep weeky beat notes or blogs, exploring what is current in the topic and demonstrating week after week the shoeleather they have worn in pursuit of their subject matter. Out of this work will come four or five stories in narrative, explanatory or investigative style, depending on the instructor and the specific assignment. Syllabi differ by content of the course but all sections emphasize idea development, interview technique, reporting, background research and writing skills across genres. Broadcast sections vary only by medium.

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As food writers, we will harvest the exciting bounty of New York City, foodie capitol of the world. Our approach to this adventure is totally New York, which means savoring the Big Apple in all its glamorous and gritty glory. So expect to cover a wide range of food features -- from restaurant reviews and dining trends, to the politics and economics of how and what we eat. Guest speakers and field trips are on the menu, along with assignments designed to build confidence in your reporting/writing. The course's workshop setting also provides a supportive environment for exploring your personal writing style and developing your voice.

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The Beat: Covering Gen Y aka Quarterlifers

Tuesday 2:00pm-5:40pm

Mary W. Quigley

The Beat: Covering Gen Y aka Quarterlifers

Instructor: Mary W. Quigley

Course ID: JOUR-UA 201, Section 001

Days: Tuesday 2:00pm-5:40pm

Room: 20 Cooper Square, room 654

» Syllabus (PDF)

Prerequisites: Foundations, Inquiry

This course is designed to hone the student journalist's ability to research and report deeply and to be able to imagine and develop fresh ideas, test them with the strength of his or her reporting and resarch, and then to present them in story form. Students will be expected to keep weeky beat notes or blogs, exploring what is current in the topic and demonstrating week after week the shoeleather they have worn in pursuit of their subject matter. Out of this work will come four or five stories in narrative, explanatory or investigative style, depending on the instructor and the specific assignment. Syllabi differ by content of the course but all sections emphasize idea development, interview technique, reporting, background research and writing skills across genres. Broadcast sections vary only by medium.

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Relationships: transformed.  Professions: redefined. Technology: exploding. Privacy: what privacy? The future: a world where time-honored maps and models have become useless.

 Fascinating stuff to think and write about, and who better than you, to do it?  You are GenY, the 80 million people aged 18-30, the first generation with a completely digital take on living. 

“Emerging adults” have become a hot topic in both the media and academia:  Boomerang kids who move back home after graduation, quarter-life crises about careers—or lack thereof, postponing long-term relationships, sexual economics, wanting more time to play before “settling down,” looking for emotional as well as economic payoff from a career, and more.

 In "Covering Gen Y," we will examine such issues as romantic, family and community relationships, the world of work, religion and spirituality, the impact of technology, lifestyles,and... well, you decide. You will write for the class website http://genyu.net/ and your individual beat blog, and be guided in doing a multimedia final project.

Last time around several class pieces got published including one by a student who went on a “technology diet”  and another’s lament about her mother wanting to friend her on Facebook.

Prof. Mary Quigley writes and blogs about Gen Y issues.

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The Beat: Reporting Pop (Sub) Culture in New York

Mon 10:00am-1:40pm

Farai Chideya

The Beat: Reporting Pop (Sub) Culture in New York

Instructor: Farai Chideya

Course ID: JOUR-UA 201, Section 002

Days: Mon 10:00am-1:40pm

Room: 20 Cooper Square, room 653

» Syllabus (PDF)

Prerequisites: Foundations, Inquiry

This course is designed to hone the student journalist's ability to research and report deeply and to be able to imagine and develop fresh ideas, test them with the strength of his or her reporting and resarch, and then to present them in story form. Students will be expected to keep weeky beat notes or blogs, exploring what is current in the topic and demonstrating week after week the shoeleather they have worn in pursuit of their subject matter. Out of this work will come four or five stories in narrative, explanatory or investigative style, depending on the instructor and the specific assignment. Syllabi differ by content of the course but all sections emphasize idea development, interview technique, reporting, background research and writing skills across genres. Broadcast sections vary only by medium.

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Many New Yorkers live in two worlds: the cultures that spawned them, and the international city they call home. In this intensive skills course, you will zero in on a neighborhood/community in which New Yorkers determinedly straddle and embrace dual identities, bringing vibrancy and diversity to this city. You may cover your chosen beat through a variety of lenses, such as:
• Zeroing in on individuals who have achieved success and others who struggle;
• Profiling local institutions and businesses;
• Examining a neighborhood's/community’s historical and political underpinnings;
• Focusing on a community's or individual’s cultural/professional contributions.

Your beat may be a community defined by its residents' lands of origin (the Russians of Brighton Beach, Koreans of "Koreatown" [Manhattan], Albanians of Arthur Avenue], Indians of "Curry Row" [Manhattan], Irish of Woodlawn [Queens]), or by their race, religion, ethnicity or identity (Harlem USA, Chassidic Crown Heights, Downtown LGBT). Whether your story is about a place or an individual, an organization or an event, your writing must always capture the human side of the news- the heart of feature journalism.
You will be guided in coming up with and pursuing great, fresh story ideas within your beat, in writing four graded pieces (three shorter ones and one more in-depth final), and in finding appropriate venues to pitch them. (Getting clips – not just grades - is one of the aims of this course.) The goal here is learning how to craft strong, captivating stories featuring memorable characters and settings - with much emphasis upon resourceful newsgathering and responsible presentation of facts and events, vivid color and detail, coherent and graceful structure, and impeccable mechanics (spelling, grammar, punctuation). A key focus of your reporting and writing will be to broaden your readers’ perspective (and your own) on the cultural/ethnic/socioeconomic milieu of your subjects.
This class will provide you with opportunities to write stories that are genuinely publishable, on subjects that genuinely interest you. You will be encouraged to write creatively and gorgeously, and even to try to change the world…but your product must retain the clarity, concision and precision that were drummed into you in your basic reporting classes, stopping far short of “fan-like,” gushy prose, blinding passions, or
fictional license.

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The Beat: TV-NY

Monday 6:20pm-10:00pm

Adrian Mihai

The Beat: TV-NY

Instructor: Adrian Mihai

Course ID: JOUR-UA 201, Section 008

Days: Monday 6:20pm-10:00pm

Room: 20 Cooper Square, room 750

» Syllabus (PDF)

Prerequisites: Foundations, Inquiry. 

This course is designed to hone the student journalist's ability to research and report deeply and to be able to imagine and develop fresh ideas, test them with the strength of his or her reporting and resarch, and then to present them in story form. Students will be expected to keep weeky beat notes or blogs, exploring what is current in the topic and demonstrating week after week the shoeleather they have worn in pursuit of their subject matter. Out of this work will come four or five stories in narrative, explanatory or investigative style, depending on the instructor and the specific assignment. Syllabi differ by content of the course but all sections emphasize idea development, interview technique, reporting, background research and writing skills across genres. Broadcast sections vary only by medium.

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The Beat: TV-NY

Thur 2:30p - 6:10p

Yvonne Latty

The Beat: TV-NY

Instructor: Yvonne Latty

Course ID: JOUR-UA 201, Section 007

Days: Thur 2:30p - 6:10p

Room: 20 Cooper Square, room 750

» Syllabus (PDF)

Prerequisites: Foundations, Inquiry. 

This course is designed to hone the student journalist's ability to research and report deeply and to be able to imagine and develop fresh ideas, test them with the strength of his or her reporting and resarch, and then to present them in story form. Students will be expected to keep weeky beat notes or blogs, exploring what is current in the topic and demonstrating week after week the shoeleather they have worn in pursuit of their subject matter. Out of this work will come four or five stories in narrative, explanatory or investigative style, depending on the instructor and the specific assignment. Syllabi differ by content of the course but all sections emphasize idea development, interview technique, reporting, background research and writing skills across genres. Broadcast sections vary only by medium.

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Advanced Reporting: The Quest

Monday 4:55pm-8:35pm

Jessica Seigel

Advanced Reporting: The Quest

Instructor: Jessica Seigel

Course ID: JOUR-UA 301.002

Days: Monday 4:55pm-8:35pm

Room: 20 Cooper Square, room 654

Prerequisites: Foundations, The Beat

This is the Capstone course. Subject matter varies from section to section, but the basic skeleton of the course is the same across sections: the emphasis is on development of the ability to produce writing and reporting within a sophisticated longform story structure. The course involves query writing, topic research and reading, interviewing, and repeated drafts and rewrites, leading to a full-length piece of writing aimed at a publishable level and the ability of the student to present the reporting orally.

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Advanced Reporting: The Quest

The quest is at the heart of our greatest stories, from Odysseus returning home to reporter Nellie Bly’s race around the world in less than 80 days. In this course, students plot their own journey, inspired by classics old and new. We’ll learn quest hallmarks like the role of obstacles, character, location, guides, gurus and skeptics, doubt and myth – and all-important narrative structure using present, past, future, suspense and flashback.


Students warm up for their 3,000-word magazine package in linked features that may include themes like The Place, The Guide, The Big Dare, Fish Out of Water, and In-The-Footsteps. Throughout, we’ll work on balancing first with third person, detailed reporting with personal experience -- all while finding your authentic voice. Past student seekers have learned to motorcycle, studied stand-up comedy, overcome an addiction, lived with the homeless and hunted literary and historic myths from J.D. Salinger’s New York to hidden Grand Central Station. What’s your Holy Grail? In this class, you may find it.

THE QUEST SPIRIT: This semester, we will pursue group and individual odysseys. It is crucial that everyone participate in both. In that spirit, you will be asked to set your personal goals for the semester in writing. You will also be asked to actively contribute and shape how we move forward as a group. This is an experimental, first-time format blending ancient and modern literature with contemporary journalism, so everyone will be asked to row on our maiden voyage.

 

Professor Bio: Jessica Seigel has covered arts, business and technology as a columnist and staffer for The Chicago Tribune, Brill’s Content and Pink Magazine. Her start-up, fashion, and tech coverage has also appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Marketplace Public Radio and NPR.

 

 

 

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Advanced Reporting: Writing About Home

Thur 10:00am-1:40pm

Frank Flaherty

Advanced Reporting: Writing About Home

Instructor: Frank Flaherty

Course ID: JOUR-UA 301, Section 003

Days: Thur 10:00am-1:40pm

Room: 20 Cooper Square, room 750

» Syllabus (PDF)

Prerequisites: Foundations, The Beat

This is the Capstone course. Subject matter varies from section to section, but the basic skeleton of the course is the same across sections: the emphasis is on development of the ability to produce writing and reporting within a sophisticated longform story structure. The course involves query writing, topic research and reading, interviewing, and repeated drafts and rewrites, leading to a full-length piece of writing aimed at a publishable level and the ability of the student to present the reporting orally.

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The topic of this Capstone course is home, in all its guises. Home is a rich journalistic topic because it sits at the convergence of so many important things -- shelter, aspiration, self-expression, family, love, hate, childhood, adulthood. Home is where the hearth is, but also where the heart is.

In this course, a student might write about a lighthouse keeper and his life of solitude, nuns in a convent in the Bronx, a family that lives on a bobbing houseboat by the Hudson River piers, or a young couple who work as live-in caretakers at the Edgar Allen Poe House. Homes and their inhabitants are infinitely varied. There are nursing homes, squats, and artist communes; there are immigrants whose homes are statements of their foreign cultures and values; there are nannies whose homes are in fact other people’s homes.

Because our homes reveal our values, dreams and interests, an article about a person’s home is also an article about that person. Imagine a young techno geek, gripped by his ambition to launch an Internet startup; his distracted, obsessed consciousness is perfectly reflected in his apartment strewn with software code and electronic devices and hardly a place to sit. Or imagine a group of nuns who decide to put a green roof on their convent to satisfy their ecological beliefs. Or imagine an artist who lives for her art, who has an all-white apartment -- and who is happy to explain what her vision of beauty is.

 

 

 

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Advanced Reporting: Advanced TV Reporting

Thursday 10:30am-2:10pm

Nancy Han

Advanced Reporting: Advanced TV Reporting

Instructor: Nancy Han

Course ID: JOUR-UA 301, Section 004

Days: Thursday 10:30am-2:10pm

Room: 20 Cooper Square, room 750

» Syllabus (PDF)

Prerequisites: Foundations, The Beat

This is the Capstone course. Subject matter varies from section to section, but the basic skeleton of the course is the same across sections: the emphasis is on development of the ability to produce writing and reporting within a sophisticated longform story structure. The course involves query writing, topic research and reading, interviewing, and repeated drafts and rewrites, leading to a full-length piece of writing aimed at a publishable level and the ability of the student to present the reporting orally.

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In previous classes, students have learned the rudiments of story selection, writing and shooting.  This class advances those skills, with the added pressure of meeting real deadlines; i.e., producing pieces that air on a live, weekly news broadcast.  Stories will gradually grow in complexity over the semester.

Class one. Explanation of what the students will be expected to do during the semester, including how grades will be determined.  Discussion of types of stories to be done and  how they should be researched and presented to the professor for approval.  Students are instructed to bring in story ideas by the next session.  There will be attention to interviewing skills. All story ideas must be accompanied by a list of questions to be asked.

Students are required to do 4 stories of normal length and one more complicated, longer final piece.

 

 

 

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The Beat: Fashion

Mon 2:30pm-6:10pm

Meredith Broussard

The Beat: Fashion

Instructor: Meredith Broussard

Course ID: JOUR-UA 201, Section 002

Days: Mon 2:30pm-6:10pm

Room: 20 Cooper Square, room 750

» Syllabus (PDF)

Prerequisites: Foundations, Inquiry

This course is designed to hone the student journalist's ability to research and report deeply and to be able to imagine and develop fresh ideas, test them with the strength of his or her reporting and resarch, and then to present them in story form. Students will be expected to keep weeky beat notes or blogs, exploring what is current in the topic and demonstrating week after week the shoeleather they have worn in pursuit of their subject matter. Out of this work will come four or five stories in narrative, explanatory or investigative style, depending on the instructor and the specific assignment. Syllabi differ by content of the course but all sections emphasize idea development, interview technique, reporting, background research and writing skills across genres. Broadcast sections vary only by medium.

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In this class we will look at fashion, subcultures, and the meaning of style. We will cover the fashion beat in order to hone students’ feature reporting skills.

We will kick off the semester with writing assignments related to New York Fashion Week. Expect to produce work for print and digital formats. Topics may include fashion blogging; historical perspectives on material culture; craftsmanship; fashion as a global economic force; trends; memes; or wearable technology.

Prof. Meredith Broussard served as Features Editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer, where she oversaw fashion and lifestyle reporting.

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Journalistic Inquiry

Tues 2:00pm-5:40pm

Mary W. Quigley

Journalistic Inquiry

Instructor: Mary W. Quigley

Course ID: JOUR-UA 101, Section 008

Days: Tues 2:00pm-5:40pm

Room: 20 Cooper Square, room 654

» Syllabus (PDF)

JOURNALISTIC INQUIRY

Prerequisites: Foundations

This is the first-level reporting, research and writing course, which emphasizes in-depth research and interviewing technique as it introduces a variety of journalistic forms, including the reported essay, the newspaper pyramid style, magazine and newspaper feature style and broadcast newswriting style. The course focuses heavily on the critical and impartial examination of issues through research and reporting. Research methodology is key, as are observation and interview preparation and techniques. Research and reporting projects will include interviews, off- and on-line research, including books, government and non-governmental documents, interviews and databases, scholarly journals and other sources. This course provides a strong foundation in basic journalistic forms, issues and responsibilities.

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Course Description

To fully prepare you for a career as a journalist, you need to get down to basics. In this class, we’re going to analyze stories from the ground up—beginning with idea generation, continuing to interviewing fundamentals, all the way up to writing, rewriting and the editing process. We’ll spend some time in the classroom, looking at stories and analyzing construction and style, and then we’ll hit the streets to do some hands-on experience including man-on-the-streets, covering events, etc. The goal: By semester’s end, you’ll be comfortable pitching ideas in class and on paper, producing a story on deadline (tweaking it to work for print, broadcast and—even—online) and approaching strangers and expert sources for comment. We’ll do all of this in 15 weeks. The class will be full of interesting experiences, including a police ridealong, coverage of local meetings and interviewing the real people that make this city great.

 

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Journalism Ethics and First Amendment Law

Monday 6:20pm-8:50pm

David A. Kaplan

Journalism Ethics and First Amendment Law

Instructor: David A. Kaplan

Course ID: JOUR-UA 502.001

Days: Monday 6:20pm-8:50pm

Room: Silver 414

» Syllabus (PDF)

SPRING SEMESTERS ONLY

Prerequisites: Foundations

This course is designed to acquaint students with the basic protections and restrictions of the law as they apply to the media, as well as the ethical problems and dilemmas journalists face. First Amendment rights and legal and ethical responsibilities and limitations will be examined and discussed. The course will look at these questions from five viewpoints: from (i) the practical view of a journalist doing his job with (ii) heavy consideration of ethical imperatives, and (iii) from a legal prospective, all the while (iv) considering the rules in a public policy context- are they fair and appropriate in our society? -- while (v) noting the historical context in which they arise. Significant court cases and fundamental legal rules as well as past ethical scandals and issues will be explored in the context of political and historical realities, and in terms of journalistic standards and practices; contemporary media law issues and ethical problems and guidelines will also be focused on. Among the basic First Amendment issues which will be examined are libel, invasion of privacy, prior restraints, newsgathering and newsgathering torts, and the reporter's privilege; some of the ethical issues to be explored include objectivity in reporting, bias and transparency, conflicts of interest, and fair dealings with subjects, sources and advertisers.


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» Undergraduate Media Criticism

Journalism as Literature: Learning from the Best to be the Best

Tuesday 11:00am-1:30pm

Michael Norman

Journalism as Literature: Learning from the Best to be the Best

Instructor: Michael Norman

Course ID: JOUR-UA 504, section 001

Days: Tuesday 11:00am-1:30pm

Room: 20 Cooper Square, room 654

» Syllabus (PDF)

Learning from The Best To Be The Best is a survey of some of the most entertaining and well-written literary journalism of the last two centuries. We will read these articles and book excerpts carefully - "deep reading," it is called - to discover how good writers take basic journalism and enliven it with literary technique. We want to catalog as much of that technique and structure as we can so that we can "steal it," appropriate the devices for our own work. Students will work in teams; each week a team will "present" the readings and incite a discussion with the rest of the class. There will be some three to five formal academic papers in which students will be asked to demonstrate their understanding of the material, and there will be a number of "creative" assignments as well. The main text for the course is an excellent anthology of non-fiction: The Art of Fact by Kerrane and Yagoda.

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Journalism & Society: Covering the Earth

Tuesday 10:00am-1:00pm

Dan Fagin

Journalism & Society: Covering the Earth

Instructor: Dan Fagin

Course ID: JOUR-UA 503, section 003

Days: Tuesday 10:00am-1:00pm

Room: 20 Cooper Square, room 653

» Syllabus (PDF)

Environmental journalism is hot again, and not only because the climate is warming – though that helps. As web-based platforms increasingly dominate mass media, what specific forms should the “new” environmental journalism take? This class will begin by tracing the development of traditional environmental journalism from John Muir to John McPhee and will then look closely at how the field is adapting to a fast-changing media landscape. With the help of guests and timely readings, we will confront thorny questions about environmental advocacy, citizen media, issue framing, risk balancing and the scientific process. And yes, we will produce stories that matter on the biggest news beat of all. This advanced seminar will include intensive journalistic writing assignments, as well as extensive readings for in-class discussion.

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Journalism & Society: Minorities in the Media

Thursday 11:00am-1:30pm

Pamela Newkirk

Journalism & Society: Minorities in the Media

Instructor: Pamela Newkirk

Course ID: JOUR-UA 503.002

Days: Thursday 11:00am-1:30pm

Room: 20 Cooper Square, room 654

» Syllabus (PDF)

It has been 40 years since President Johnson’s National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders released its findings on the civil unrest that erupted in urban areas across the nation. The panel, commonly referred to as the Kerner Commission, concluded that we are living in two nations, “black, white, separate and unequal,” and devoted an entire chapter to the impact the media had on the nation’s race relations. “We believe that the media have thus far failed to report adequately on the causes and consequences of civil disorders and the underlying problems of race relations,” the report said. It added: “The media report and write from the standpoint of a white man’s world. The ills of the ghetto, the difficulties of life there, the Negro’s burning sense of grievance, are seldom conveyed.”
The report criticized as “shockingly backward” the industry’s failure to hire, train and promote African Americans. At the time, fewer than five percent of the newsroom jobs in the United States were held by African Americans. Today, despite the progress that’s been made in the hiring and coverage of African Americans and other so-called minorities, many critics say that the Kerner Report findings continue to resonate today. With the report as a backdrop, we will examine the portrayals of racial and ethnic minorities in the media, paying particular attention to African Americans – the subject of the Kerner Report – but also others, including Latinos, Asians, women, and gays and lesbians.

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Journalism & Society: Women and the Media

Tuesday 12:30pm-3:00pm

Carol Sternhell

Journalism & Society: Women and the Media

Instructor: Carol Sternhell

Course ID: JOUR-UA 503, section 001

Days: Tuesday 12:30pm-3:00pm

Room: 20 Cooper Square, room 657

» Syllabus (PDF)

Women & the Media is a collaborative seminar designed to examine the complex relationship
(or different, contradictory relationships) between those humans we call “women” and those
forms of discourse we call “media.” We will consider women both as subjects and objects, as
artists and models, as creators of “media” in its many forms and as media’s creations. What
does our culture’s “media” tell us about its ideas of gender? What, if anything, does our gender
tell us about our readings of “media”? Student participation in this seminar is key: students are
expected to attend all sessions, to complete all the reading (there's lots of reading!), to
participate actively in discussion, and to lead one of the class sessions themselves. Leading a
class means opening the day’s conversation with a presentation, critiquing and elaborating on
the assigned reading, bringing in additional relevant material, and suggesting questions or
issues that seem particularly interesting or troublesome. The purpose of the course is to
develop our critical and self-critical faculties as journalists, media critics, consumers of media,
and women or men—to think clearly, challenge our pet assumptions, and have fun.
Along with attendance and informed class participation, students are required to conduct a miniresearch
project and present their findings to the class. I want you to pick a “women and media”
topic that really interests you and then report the hell out of it. If you’re interested in the effect of
music videos on teenage girls, for instance, you would first put together an extensive
bibliography of what has already been written on the subject. You would figure out what the key
questions in the field were: do media images affect teens’ behavior or not, and how can anyone
tell? You might interview some of the leading researchers in the area and tell us what they say.
You’ll certainly want to read the most important books/articles on your subject. A paper is not
required; instead, students will present their findings to the class during our last three sessions.

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Issues and Ideas: Covering Sub-Saharan Africa

Monday 3:30pm-6:00pm

Frankie Edozien

Issues and Ideas: Covering Sub-Saharan Africa

Instructor: Frankie Edozien

Course ID: JOUR-UA 505.001

Days: Monday 3:30pm-6:00pm

Room: 20 Cooper Square, room 655

» Syllabus (PDF)

Challenges, Issues and Ideas in Covering Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa covers a vast area of 55 countries and 1.1 billion inhabitants. There are countries that are emerging economic powers and heading towards industrialization. In other cases, some countries are taking the lead in developing technology hubs, and testing out new forms of mobile banking and virtual money. Other countries wield considerable “soft power” via their film, music and contemporary culture and they are driving the way Africans present themselves to the world.

Comprehensive coverage of Africa is scant. The sparse coverage is often a variation of an incomplete portrait that has dominated the Western media for the last 50 years: tales of starvation, political instability and disease are mainstays. There is often little or no historical or political context in most of this coverage.

This course will provide students with an understanding of contemporary issues around the various regions on the African continent. We will examine the role of religion, including religious extremism that has led to the near- splintering of several societies; the struggles to develop viable democratic models; cultural norms and practices; and issues of economic development and empowerment. We will focus on the challenges of telling stories from Sub-Saharan Africa that are not the same old stories, with the same tired clichés.

We will accomplish this by reading works that combine history, political analysis and narrative journalism. This historical and political background will help students to eventually write about the region with depth and nuance, and to evaluate the coverage that they read. In addition, we will analyze the evolution and implications of the myriad of U.S. foreign policy actions on the African continent.

Today, Africa is poised for an era of political and cultural renewal. The continent’s population is expected to double by 2050 and its influence on the world stage is growing.

We will discuss the challenges of reporting from regions with competing narratives, authoritarian regimes that have little respect for a free press, and places where journalists must work under constant danger. We also will strive to on occasion have guest speakers who have worked as foreign correspondents or editors managing coverage of Africa. By the end of this course, you will hopefully be a more informed reader and analyst of events in the continent.

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Elective Reporting Topics:Punditry for Fun and Profit: Opinion Writing in the Digital Era

Wednesday 12:30pm-3:00pm

Charles Seife

Elective Reporting Topics:Punditry for Fun and Profit: Opinion Writing in the Digital Era

Instructor: Charles Seife

Course ID: JOUR-UA 204, section 001

Days: Wednesday 12:30pm-3:00pm

Room: 20 Cooper Square, room 659

» Syllabus (PDF)

This four-point course will both survey what the emerging field of data journalism is about and plunge students into the practice of it.  Students will learn how to find useful documents and other sources of data, extract meaningful information from large data sets, prepare data for public use, and make it possible for consumers of the news to interact with the data. They will also learn how to use data to perform investigative journalism. Outstanding examples of data journalism from around the world will be studied -- and the techniques those pieces used will be added to students' arsenals. A final project will test students’ skills in using data to produce publishable-quality journalism.  

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Methods and Practice: Point of View

Friday 12:20pm-4:00pm

James McBride

Methods and Practice: Point of View

Instructor: James McBride

Course ID: JOUR-UA 202, section 001

Days: Friday 12:20pm-4:00pm

Room: 20 Cooper Square,652

» Syllabus (PDF)

Be ready to write longhand. No computers. No cell phones in class. Pencil and
yellow legal sized paper only. Please be on time. Bring a jacket and a metro card.
For the first class, there is absolute silence when you enter the room. No
talking. Not even to say hello to your neighbor. You want to hear a hello? Here it
is: Hello. Now, no talking for the first ten minutes of class. It sounds stupid, but it
is our first exercise.

Good writing is all about finding the right detail or set of details that will show, not
tell, the event to the listener. You are always fighting gravity, always fighting the reader
who will close the paper, book, magazine and tune you out. We will focus on placing you
in the right mental place to find the details that will tell the story, from your perspective, in
a way that is honest to your truth and hold the reader.

There will be some reading aloud in class. There will be no bloodlettings. If
you’re willing to fail, you will be successful. If you’re already a journalistic success, this
isn’t the class for you. Remember, writing is the act of continually failing at excellence,
and uniformity is the ceiling against which great writing will forever bump. The mid term
and final will be your writing.

Before each class, you will be expected to read the following excerpts from “A
Nietzsche Reader” (Penguin) translated by R. J. Hollingdale. They are not long, but they
are important. We may alter this list based on my assessment of your abilities . Reading
assignments in Gary Smith and Micheal Herr’s books, as well as our Marvel Comic
class, will be assigned as we go deeper into the semester and I am able to assess your
abilities.

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Journalism as Literature: Journalism and the American Road

Monday 11:00am-1:30pm

David Dent

Journalism as Literature: Journalism and the American Road

Instructor: David Dent

Course ID: JOUR-UA 504, section 002

Days: Monday 11:00am-1:30pm

Room: 20 Cooper Square, room 653

» Syllabus (PDF)

In this course, students will explore the visions of American social, cultural and political life and upheaval by way of the travelogue. In the process, we will explore some of the world’s best reportage and nonfiction

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Investigating Journalism (lecture)

Mon/Wed 3:30pm-4:45pm

Mohamad Bazzi

Investigating Journalism (lecture)

Instructor: Mohamad Bazzi

Course ID: JOUR-UA 501, Section 001

Days: Mon/Wed 3:30pm-4:45pm

Room: GCASL 95

» Syllabus (PDF)

Journalism and Prospective Journalism Majors

JOUR-UA 501Investigating Journalism
(formerly  JOUR-UA 501 Foundations of Journalism)

This lecture course will introduce you to issues in journalistic writing and reporting, such as the choices journalists face in method, style, and form; the political impact of the news media; questions of sensationalism, bias, and diversity, and the current digital upheaval. To better understand what journalism has been and might be, students are also introduced to a selection of the best journalism, from Edward R. Murrow on migrant farm workers to Adrian Nicole LeBlanc on family life around the drug trade in the Bronx. Your work will be reading the assigned pieces, coming to class ready to comment on and question them, preparing for some tests and producing a paper of two during the semester. (Unlike most of the courses in the Carter Institute and the Journalism major, this is not a reporting and writing course, though reporting and writing will often be discussed. )

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Journalistic Inquiry

Mon/Wed 9:00am-10:50pm

Keith Kloor

Journalistic Inquiry

Instructor: Keith Kloor

Course ID: JOUR-UA 101, Section 002

Days: Mon/Wed 9:00am-10:50pm

Room: 20 Cooper Square, room 654

JOURNALISTIC INQUIRY

Prerequisites: Foundations

This is the first-level reporting, research and writing course, which emphasizes in-depth research and interviewing technique as it introduces a variety of journalistic forms, including the reported essay, the newspaper pyramid style, magazine and newspaper feature style and broadcast newswriting style. The course focuses heavily on the critical and impartial examination of issues through research and reporting. Research methodology is key, as are observation and interview preparation and techniques. Research and reporting projects will include interviews, off- and on-line research, including books, government and non-governmental documents, interviews and databases, scholarly journals and other sources. This course provides a strong foundation in basic journalistic forms, issues and responsibilities.

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Journalistic Inquiry

Monday/Wednesday 6:20pm-8:10pm

Rosemary McManus Beirne

Journalistic Inquiry

Instructor: Rosemary McManus Beirne

Course ID: JOUR-UA 101, Section 004

Days: Monday/Wednesday 6:20pm-8:10pm

Room: 20 Cooper Square, room 659

» Syllabus (PDF)

JOURNALISTIC INQUIRY

Prerequisites: Foundations

This is the first-level reporting, research and writing course, which emphasizes in-depth research and interviewing technique as it introduces a variety of journalistic forms, including the reported essay, the newspaper pyramid style, magazine and newspaper feature style and broadcast newswriting style. The course focuses heavily on the critical and impartial examination of issues through research and reporting. Research methodology is key, as are observation and interview preparation and techniques. Research and reporting projects will include interviews, off- and on-line research, including books, government and non-governmental documents, interviews and databases, scholarly journals and other sources. This course provides a strong foundation in basic journalistic forms, issues and responsibilities.

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Course Description

To fully prepare you for a career as a journalist, you need to get down to basics. In this class, we’re going to analyze stories from the ground up—beginning with idea generation, continuing to interviewing fundamentals, all the way up to writing, rewriting and the editing process. We’ll spend some time in the classroom, looking at stories and analyzing construction and style, and then we’ll hit the streets to do some hands-on experience including man-on-the-streets, covering events, etc. The goal: By semester’s end, you’ll be comfortable pitching ideas in class and on paper, producing a story on deadline (tweaking it to work for print, broadcast and—even—online) and approaching strangers and expert sources for comment. We’ll do all of this in 15 weeks. The class will be full of interesting experiences, including a police ridealong, coverage of local meetings and interviewing the real people that make this city great.

 

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Journalistic Inquiry

Tues/Thur 6:20pm-8:10pm

Rollo Romig

Journalistic Inquiry

Instructor: Rollo Romig

Course ID: JOUR-UA 101, Section 009

Days: Tues/Thur 6:20pm-8:10pm

Room: 20 Cooper Square, room 659

» Syllabus (PDF)

JOURNALISTIC INQUIRY

Prerequisites: Foundations

This is the first-level reporting, research and writing course, which emphasizes in-depth research and interviewing technique as it introduces a variety of journalistic forms, including the reported essay, the newspaper pyramid style, magazine and newspaper feature style and broadcast newswriting style. The course focuses heavily on the critical and impartial examination of issues through research and reporting. Research methodology is key, as are observation and interview preparation and techniques. Research and reporting projects will include interviews, off- and on-line research, including books, government and non-governmental documents, interviews and databases, scholarly journals and other sources. This course provides a strong foundation in basic journalistic forms, issues and responsibilities.

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Course Description

To fully prepare you for a career as a journalist, you need to get down to basics. In this class, we’re going to analyze stories from the ground up—beginning with idea generation, continuing to interviewing fundamentals, all the way up to writing, rewriting and the editing process. We’ll spend some time in the classroom, looking at stories and analyzing construction and style, and then we’ll hit the streets to do some hands-on experience including man-on-the-streets, covering events, etc. The goal: By semester’s end, you’ll be comfortable pitching ideas in class and on paper, producing a story on deadline (tweaking it to work for print, broadcast and—even—online) and approaching strangers and expert sources for comment. We’ll do all of this in 15 weeks. The class will be full of interesting experiences, including a police ridealong, coverage of local meetings and interviewing the real people that make this city great.

 

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Journalistic Inquiry

Tues/Thur 6:20pm-8:10pm

Thomas Lueck

Journalistic Inquiry

Instructor: Thomas Lueck

Course ID: JOUR-UA 101, Section 001

Days: Tues/Thur 6:20pm-8:10pm

Room: 20 Cooper Square, room 655

» Syllabus (PDF)

JOURNALISTIC INQUIRY

Prerequisites: Foundations

This is the first-level reporting, research and writing course, which emphasizes in-depth research and interviewing technique as it introduces a variety of journalistic forms, including the reported essay, the newspaper pyramid style, magazine and newspaper feature style and broadcast newswriting style. The course focuses heavily on the critical and impartial examination of issues through research and reporting. Research methodology is key, as are observation and interview preparation and techniques. Research and reporting projects will include interviews, off- and on-line research, including books, government and non-governmental documents, interviews and databases, scholarly journals and other sources. This course provides a strong foundation in basic journalistic forms, issues and responsibilities.

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Description
You are going to learn to think, act and write like a journalist.
This course will provide an introduction to the basic principles of research, reporting and writing the news. You will be introduced to a variety of ways in which we work in this fast paced, deadline driven business - from writing in the traditional newspaper pyramid style to opinion and feature writing to working for broadcast, and new media. You will do lots of writing because the only way to work on your skills is to practice it over and over.

To be a good reporter you have to be informed about what's happening in the world around you. For this class, you have to read The New York Times, New York Daily News and The New York Post every day. You must watch at least 15 minutes of television news or listen to news radio a day. You must also scan the free papers. (Metro & AM NEW YORK) Once a week you will have a brief news quiz on the big stories of the week and your score will count toward your final grade.

In each class one or two students will take turns leading "Newscheck," which is a discussion on a story of their choosing from the front pages of The New York Times. Everyone must participate in the discussion.
Working journalists will visit throughout the semester. You will be expected to ask well thought out questions and take notes because you will have to write a 600-word story on each newsroom visitor. These stories will be due the day after they are assigned.

We will start out with obits and profiles where you will learn the nuances of storytelling and build up to writing a 1,000-word final news story on an issue of your choosing. This story should be good enough to be published. You will cover news events. We will get into this city's diverse colorful neighborhoods and find stories and spend lots of time exploring and hunting down news in New York City.

If a big story breaks, prepare to cover it. On any given day in the newsroom you have no idea what is going to happen. Be flexible! I can guarantee you that things will change as we go through our semester.

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Journalistic Inquiry

Tuesday/Thursday 3:30pm-5:20pm

Fran Stern

Journalistic Inquiry

Instructor: Fran Stern

Course ID: JOUR-UA 101, Section 004

Days: Tuesday/Thursday 3:30pm-5:20pm

Room: 20 Cooper Square, room 659

» Syllabus (PDF)

JOURNALISTIC INQUIRY

Prerequisites: Foundations

This is the first-level reporting, research and writing course, which emphasizes in-depth research and interviewing technique as it introduces a variety of journalistic forms, including the reported essay, the newspaper pyramid style, magazine and newspaper feature style and broadcast newswriting style. The course focuses heavily on the critical and impartial examination of issues through research and reporting. Research methodology is key, as are observation and interview preparation and techniques. Research and reporting projects will include interviews, off- and on-line research, including books, government and non-governmental documents, interviews and databases, scholarly journals and other sources. This course provides a strong foundation in basic journalistic forms, issues and responsibilities.

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Course Description

To fully prepare you for a career as a journalist, you need to get down to basics. In this class, we’re going to analyze stories from the ground up—beginning with idea generation, continuing to interviewing fundamentals, all the way up to writing, rewriting and the editing process. We’ll spend some time in the classroom, looking at stories and analyzing construction and style, and then we’ll hit the streets to do some hands-on experience including man-on-the-streets, covering events, etc. The goal: By semester’s end, you’ll be comfortable pitching ideas in class and on paper, producing a story on deadline (tweaking it to work for print, broadcast and—even—online) and approaching strangers and expert sources for comment. We’ll do all of this in 15 weeks. The class will be full of interesting experiences, including a police ridealong, coverage of local meetings and interviewing the real people that make this city great.

 

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Reporting: Multimedia

Mon/Wed 6:20-8:10pm

Sylvan Solloway

Reporting: Multimedia

Instructor: Sylvan Solloway

Course ID: JOUR-UA 102.001

Days: Mon/Wed 6:20-8:10pm

Room: 20 Cooper Square, room 655

» Syllabus (PDF)

In Reporting: Multimedia students will learn how to report news and features stories, using photographs, video and audio, with the emphasis on story-telling techniques. The course will cover how to develop story ideas, reporting techniques, scripting, audio and visual digital editing, and multimedia story-telling structures.

Reporting: Multimedia would be divided into three segments: audio, photography, and video designed for web production.  Classes will incorporate lectures, including the "best practices" in audio and video; class discussion, and in and out-of-class assignments.  Ethical and copyright issues involved in multimedia reporting will also be explored in the class. Over the course of 14 weeks students will complete all the required assignments in a specific community or neighborhood of their choosing, with the instructor's approval.

This class is open to all NYU journalism undergraduates, who have taken Investigating Journalism and Journalistic Inquiry. It will count as an elective. The course is open to students with some video experience as well as those with none. You’ll build your own Website, take photos and produce audio and video stories. It’s a great chance to hone your storytelling abilities and reporting skills across mediums.

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Reporting: Multimedia

Mon/Wed 9:00am-10:50am

Phil Rosenbaum

Reporting: Multimedia

Instructor: Phil Rosenbaum

Course ID: JOUR-UA 102.001

Days: Mon/Wed 9:00am-10:50am

Room: 20 Cooper Square, room 655

» Syllabus (PDF)

In Reporting: Multimedia students will learn how to report news and features stories, using photographs, video and audio, with the emphasis on story-telling techniques. The course will cover how to develop story ideas, reporting techniques, scripting, audio and visual digital editing, and multimedia story-telling structures.

Reporting: Multimedia would be divided into three segments: audio, photography, and video designed for web production.  Classes will incorporate lectures, including the "best practices" in audio and video; class discussion, and in and out-of-class assignments.  Ethical and copyright issues involved in multimedia reporting will also be explored in the class. Over the course of 14 weeks students will complete all the required assignments in a specific community or neighborhood of their choosing, with the instructor's approval.

This class is open to all NYU journalism undergraduates, who have taken Investigating Journalism and Journalistic Inquiry. It will count as an elective. The course is open to students with some video experience as well as those with none. You’ll build your own Website, take photos and produce audio and video stories. It’s a great chance to hone your storytelling abilities and reporting skills across mediums.

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Journalistic Inquiry

Tuesday/Thursday 9:00am-10:50pm

Lambeth Hochwald

Journalistic Inquiry

Instructor: Lambeth Hochwald

Course ID: JOUR-UA 101, Section 005

Days: Tuesday/Thursday 9:00am-10:50pm

Room: 20 Cooper Square, room 659

» Syllabus (PDF)

JOURNALISTIC INQUIRY

Prerequisites: Foundations

This is the first-level reporting, research and writing course, which emphasizes in-depth research and interviewing technique as it introduces a variety of journalistic forms, including the reported essay, the newspaper pyramid style, magazine and newspaper feature style and broadcast newswriting style. The course focuses heavily on the critical and impartial examination of issues through research and reporting. Research methodology is key, as are observation and interview preparation and techniques. Research and reporting projects will include interviews, off- and on-line research, including books, government and non-governmental documents, interviews and databases, scholarly journals and other sources. This course provides a strong foundation in basic journalistic forms, issues and responsibilities.

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Course Description

To fully prepare you for a career as a journalist, you need to get down to basics. In this class, we’re going to analyze stories from the ground up—beginning with idea generation, continuing to interviewing fundamentals, all the way up to writing, rewriting and the editing process. We’ll spend some time in the classroom, looking at stories and analyzing construction and style, and then we’ll hit the streets to do some hands-on experience including man-on-the-streets, covering events, etc. The goal: By semester’s end, you’ll be comfortable pitching ideas in class and on paper, producing a story on deadline (tweaking it to work for print, broadcast and—even—online) and approaching strangers and expert sources for comment. We’ll do all of this in 15 weeks. The class will be full of interesting experiences, including a police ridealong, coverage of local meetings and interviewing the real people that make this city great.

 

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The Beat: Reporting Downtown

Wednesday 3:30pm-7:10pm

Frankie Edozien

The Beat: Reporting Downtown

Instructor: Frankie Edozien

Course ID: JOUR-UA 201, Section 003

Days: Wednesday 3:30pm-7:10pm

Room: 20 Cooper Square, room 653

» Syllabus (PDF)

Prerequisites: Foundations, Inquiry

This course is designed to hone the student journalist's ability to research and report deeply and to be able to imagine and develop fresh ideas, test them with the strength of his or her reporting and resarch, and then to present them in story form. Students will be expected to keep weeky beat notes or blogs, exploring what is current in the topic and demonstrating week after week the shoeleather they have worn in pursuit of their subject matter. Out of this work will come four or five stories in narrative, explanatory or investigative style, depending on the instructor and the specific assignment. Syllabi differ by content of the course but all sections emphasize idea development, interview technique, reporting, background research and writing skills across genres. Broadcast sections vary only by medium.

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All semester long we will cover New York City from Riverdale to Far Rockaway.  It’s government, its budgets, its elections its restaurants, courts, neighborhoods, healthcare, all are part of our portfolio.

From Day 1, we are metro reporters who will hone our craft covering the biggest and most vibrant municipality in the nation. You will learn to research report and write authoritatively on New York City and all its problems and issues.

This is not a lecture class per se, so you will be out covering stories all over the Big Apple and then bringing them back to write on deadline. I will stress the news feature which will require a good amount of reporting before a piece is turned in but don’t be surprised if you are asked to go cover something on our beat on deadline.

You will sharpen your interviewing techniques and learn to follow up breaking news with insightful analytical pieces to go to the heart of the issue.  You will develop a keen eye for detail and your copy must reflect the details of each piece so readers are transported to the scene through your writing.

To be an effective metro reporter you must be a local news junkie, so scouring the big dailies is a must for this class, hence the New York Times, New York Daily News and the New York Post are must-reads before class. In addition to the free papers like AM New York and Metro.

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The Beat: Media Criticism

Thurs 2:30pm-6:10pm

Brian Cogan

The Beat: Media Criticism

Instructor: Brian Cogan

Course ID: JOUR-UA 201, Section 006

Days: Thurs 2:30pm-6:10pm

Room: 20 Cooper Square, room 654

» Syllabus (PDF)

Prerequisites: Foundations, Inquiry.  Media Criticism students only.

This course is designed to hone the student journalist's ability to research and report deeply and to be able to imagine and develop fresh ideas, test them with the strength of his or her reporting and resarch, and then to present them in story form. Students will be expected to keep weeky beat notes or blogs, exploring what is current in the topic and demonstrating week after week the shoeleather they have worn in pursuit of their subject matter. Out of this work will come four or five stories in narrative, explanatory or investigative style, depending on the instructor and the specific assignment. Syllabi differ by content of the course but all sections emphasize idea development, interview technique, reporting, background research and writing skills across genres. Broadcast sections vary only by medium.

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This course will serve as an introduction to various schools of media criticism and ways in which different types of media can be interpreted. What is the traditional role of the journalist and how is it changing?  What new theoretical capacities must be analyzed in order to understand the current state of media? This course will look at early critiques of media to the present and will incorporate critical analysis form a variety of perspectives from critical discourse to ideological criticism to market and public journalism based models. While many pundits are sure that modern news media is in a state of flux, few are fully informed of earlier critiques of media from Marx to Dewey to the New Journalists of the 1960’s, each of which provided a critical lens for analyzing journalism and media. In this course through a variety of writing assignments, in-class and take home critiques, and through serious critical analysis of modern media in all of its various permutations students will analyze the ways in which media can be studied.  Ideally students will leave the class with a set of critical tools to use in analyzing mass media and the inherent difficulties facing major news organizations in all of their various permutations.

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Journalistic Inquiry

Tues 2:00pm-5:40pm

Mary W. Quigley

Journalistic Inquiry

Instructor: Mary W. Quigley

Course ID: JOUR-UA 101, Section 008

Days: Tues 2:00pm-5:40pm

Room: 20 Cooper Square, room 654

» Syllabus (PDF)

JOURNALISTIC INQUIRY

Prerequisites: Foundations

This is the first-level reporting, research and writing course, which emphasizes in-depth research and interviewing technique as it introduces a variety of journalistic forms, including the reported essay, the newspaper pyramid style, magazine and newspaper feature style and broadcast newswriting style. The course focuses heavily on the critical and impartial examination of issues through research and reporting. Research methodology is key, as are observation and interview preparation and techniques. Research and reporting projects will include interviews, off- and on-line research, including books, government and non-governmental documents, interviews and databases, scholarly journals and other sources. This course provides a strong foundation in basic journalistic forms, issues and responsibilities.

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Course Description

To fully prepare you for a career as a journalist, you need to get down to basics. In this class, we’re going to analyze stories from the ground up—beginning with idea generation, continuing to interviewing fundamentals, all the way up to writing, rewriting and the editing process. We’ll spend some time in the classroom, looking at stories and analyzing construction and style, and then we’ll hit the streets to do some hands-on experience including man-on-the-streets, covering events, etc. The goal: By semester’s end, you’ll be comfortable pitching ideas in class and on paper, producing a story on deadline (tweaking it to work for print, broadcast and—even—online) and approaching strangers and expert sources for comment. We’ll do all of this in 15 weeks. The class will be full of interesting experiences, including a police ridealong, coverage of local meetings and interviewing the real people that make this city great.

 

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Journalism Ethics and First Amendment Law

Monday 6:20pm-8:50pm

David A. Kaplan

Journalism Ethics and First Amendment Law

Instructor: David A. Kaplan

Course ID: JOUR-UA 502.001

Days: Monday 6:20pm-8:50pm

Room: Silver 414

» Syllabus (PDF)

SPRING SEMESTERS ONLY

Prerequisites: Foundations

This course is designed to acquaint students with the basic protections and restrictions of the law as they apply to the media, as well as the ethical problems and dilemmas journalists face. First Amendment rights and legal and ethical responsibilities and limitations will be examined and discussed. The course will look at these questions from five viewpoints: from (i) the practical view of a journalist doing his job with (ii) heavy consideration of ethical imperatives, and (iii) from a legal prospective, all the while (iv) considering the rules in a public policy context- are they fair and appropriate in our society? -- while (v) noting the historical context in which they arise. Significant court cases and fundamental legal rules as well as past ethical scandals and issues will be explored in the context of political and historical realities, and in terms of journalistic standards and practices; contemporary media law issues and ethical problems and guidelines will also be focused on. Among the basic First Amendment issues which will be examined are libel, invasion of privacy, prior restraints, newsgathering and newsgathering torts, and the reporter's privilege; some of the ethical issues to be explored include objectivity in reporting, bias and transparency, conflicts of interest, and fair dealings with subjects, sources and advertisers.


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» Business and Economic Reporting

First Amendment Law - BER

Monday, 1:30pm-4:00pm

Stephen D. Solomon

First Amendment Law - BER

Instructor: Stephen D. Solomon

Course ID: JOUR-GA 0011.003

Days: Monday, 1:30pm-4:00pm

Room: 657

» Syllabus (PDF)

Although the First Amendment appears on its face to prohibit any governmental restrictions on the press, the U.S. Supreme Court in fact balances free and open expression against other vital interests of society. This course begins by examining the struggle against seditious libel (the crime of criticizing government or its officials) that was not won in this country until the landmark decision in New York Times v. Sullivan in 1964. Students will examine freedom of the press through the prism of a rich variety of contemporary conflicts, including libel, newsgathering problems, the right of privacy, prior restraint, and the conflict between free press and fair trial. Readings include a The First Amendment and the Fourth Estate; Make No Law by Anthony Lewis, The Unwanted Gaze by Jeffrey Rosen, and Origins of the Bill of Rights by Leonard Levy. Students write five papers during the semester.

 

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WRR I - BER

Tuesday, 8:30am-2:20pm

Adam L. Penenberg

WRR I - BER

Instructor: Adam L. Penenberg

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1021.001

Days: Tuesday, 8:30am-2:20pm

Room: 655

» Syllabus (PDF)

Writing, Research & Reporting I: BER is designed to teach the basic skills you'll need to write news stories for business publications. You'll learn everything from how to write on a daily (or even hourly) deadline for newspapers and wire services to penning short pieces for magazines. The emphasis will be on learning by doing, with regular reporting and writing assignments inside and outside of class. We'll workshop your stories in class, dissect current media coverage, take field trips to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Conference Board and New York Stock Exchange, and analyze the merit and structure of good (and bad) news stories. You'll be expected to stay abreast of the news, and to read The New York Times and Wall Street Journal regularly, as well as a number of business magazines (Fortune, Forbes, BusinessWeek, etc.) and websites. By the end of the semester, you should be able to write snappy ledes and smart nut grafs in your sleep—the first step in becoming a first rate journalist—and have the requisite skills to write tight, informative business stories. (Note: WRII covers longer magazine features.) In addition, we'll be working closely with the Internship Director to prepare you for landing a quality internship.

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Writing the Long Form Narrative

Thursday, 1:30pm-5:10pm

Adam L. Penenberg

Writing the Long Form Narrative

Instructor: Adam L. Penenberg

Course ID: JOUR-GA 2046.001

Days: Thursday, 1:30pm-5:10pm

Room: Library

» Syllabus (PDF)

This seminar focuses on the various components that comprise in-depth magazine stories and non-fiction books. We'll dissect great modern and classic magazine stories, books and book proposals for story, character arcs, dialogue, scenes, analysis, structure, transitions, verb tense, point of view and style. The goal is to figure out how memorable magazine features and narrative non-fiction books that keep your attention to the very last page are created, then to take what we've learned and apply it to our own work. There is one semester-long writing assignment—a 3,000+-word feature story—with several shorter related pieces involving scenes, character, dialogue, or analysis, all of which can be incorporated into your final story. Along the way we'll work on pitches, research and interview techniques, time management, outlines, editing and multiple drafts, and other challenges today's non-fiction narrative writers face.

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Multimedia Storytelling

Friday, 1:00pm-4:40pm

Jason Maloney

Multimedia Storytelling

Instructor: Jason Maloney

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1080.002

Days: Friday, 1:00pm-4:40pm

Room: 653

» Syllabus (PDF)

The basic requirement of the course is to learn how to produce multi-media content, as applied through reporting on Lower Manhattan and North Brooklyn for the Bedford and Bowery blog.

BER students should register for this section.

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» Cultural Reporting and Criticism

Cultural Conversation

Monday, 10:00am-1:00pm

Katie Roiphe

Cultural Conversation

Instructor: Katie Roiphe

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1181.001

Days: Monday, 10:00am-1:00pm

Room: 7th Floor Library

» Syllabus (PDF)

The primary purpose of this course is to inculcate habits of thinking that are vital to informed and intelligent cultural reporting and criticism. This does not mean that students will be taught "theories" of cultural writing, which they can then apply to their "practice." Rather, the point is that your thought process-as you write a piece, as you prepare to write it, or even before that, as you go through your daily life in a world full of potential subject matter-is an integral part of your work as a writer. We all carry on some kind of conversation with ourselves, and with the people we know, about the culture we live in. As writers, however, our task is to self-consciously translate that private conversation into a public one that connects with readers. In this course I ask you to address two questions that bear on this translation. One is historical: what has been said in the cultural conversation before you came to it? To find your place in the conversation (just as you would have to do if you joined a roomful of people talking) you will need to grapple with cultural issues and debates that go back half a century-debates about the nature of art and criticism, technology and mass media, high culture versus mass culture, art and politics, social groups and cultural difference. The second question is personal: what experiences, ideas, emotions, and prejudices do you bring to the conversation? While conventional news writers are simply expected to put their own attitudes aside, cultural journalists must be conscious of their standpoint and its impact on their observation and judgment. Your credibility and the power of your literary voice depend a good deal on your ability to develop this capacity for self-reflection. Open to CRC students only.

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Critical Survey

Wednesday, 10:00am-1:40pm

Charles Taylor

Critical Survey

Instructor: Charles Taylor

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1184.001

Days: Wednesday, 10:00am-1:40pm

Room: 7th Floor Library

» Syllabus (PDF)

This is a course in reading and writing criticism. Our goal is to introduce ourselves to some of the best cultural critics (mainly of the 20th century); chart the ways in which the nature of 20th-century criticism — and art — have changed; investigate some of the major questions that preoccupy contemporary critics (especially the nature of modernism/postmodernism, high and low culture, irony and sincerity, and the culture wars); and begin to master some forms of critical writing. The paradox of how to develop a critical voice without writing directly about oneself will be explored. Among the critics we'll study are James Agee, Pauline Kael, John Berger, George Orwell, Gilbert Seldes, Susan Sontag, Lionel Trilling, Greil Marcus, Albert Murray, Norman Mailer and Wendy Steiner. Open to CRC students only.

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WRRI - CRC

Friday, 9:00am-2:00pm

Johnny Dwyer

WRRI - CRC

Instructor: Johnny Dwyer

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1021.007

Days: Friday, 9:00am-2:00pm

Room: 654

» Syllabus (PDF)

This is the introductory reporting, research and journalistic writing course for CRC students, teaching cultural journalists the skills and conventions of news and feature reporting for print and multimedia. Students receive short- and long-form reporting assignments with intensive rewriting, and basic training in radio production. Open to CRC students only.

This course teaches cultural journalists the essentials of news reporting: the skills andconventions of journalistic practice across media platforms. Whetheryour reported work is published, posted or broadcast, you’ll need to work from the same ground rules as your editors, producers, sources and readers, and to master a repertoire ofbasic forms.

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» Global and Joint Program Studies

WRRI - GloJo

Thursday, 10:00am-1:40pm

Barbara Borst

WRRI - GloJo

Instructor: Barbara Borst

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1021.002

Days: Thursday, 10:00am-1:40pm

Room: 657

» Syllabus (PDF)

This course will teach you the fundamentals of news reporting and writing. You will learn to write clearly and concisely, and to produce news stories on deadline. These are skills you will need to master no matter what medium you work in-newspapers, websites, magazines, TV or radio-and whether you aspire to report on local, national or international topics. During this first half of a two-semester course, we will focus on news and beat reporting because they are the backbone of journalism. We will learn by doing, with reporting and writing assignments inside and outside class. Our lab will be New York City, which is rich in stories that can challenge the most seasoned reporters. We will begin by learning the basics of news reporting: story organization, interview techniques, developing sources, research methods, and grammar and style. Through classroom discussions, field trips and guest speakers, we will explore journalistic practices and how they are changing.

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WRRI - GloJo

Friday, 10:00am-1:40pm

Barbara Borst

WRRI - GloJo

Instructor: Barbara Borst

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1021.008

Days: Friday, 10:00am-1:40pm

Room: 659

» Syllabus (PDF)

This course will teach you the fundamentals of news reporting and writing. You will learn to write clearly and concisely, and to produce news stories on deadline. These are skills you will need to master no matter what medium you work in-newspapers, websites, magazines, TV or radio-and whether you aspire to report on local, national or international topics. During this first half of a two-semester course, we will focus on news and beat reporting because they are the backbone of journalism. We will learn by doing, with reporting and writing assignments inside and outside class. Our lab will be New York City, which is rich in stories that can challenge the most seasoned reporters. We will begin by learning the basics of news reporting: story organization, interview techniques, developing sources, research methods, and grammar and style. Through classroom discussions, field trips and guest speakers, we will explore journalistic practices and how they are changing.

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WRRII - GloJo

Wednesday, 10:00am-1:00pm

Brooke Kroeger

WRRII - GloJo

Instructor: Brooke Kroeger

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1022.001

Days: Wednesday, 10:00am-1:00pm

Room: 655

» Syllabus (PDF)

In WRR I, your focus was news reporting, “the backbone of every type of journalism,” to quote Professor Borst. You spent a good deal of time on the basics – on research methods, sourcing, interview technique, note-taking, story organization, grammar, style and deadlines, tapping the resources of this great city all the while. The downbeat was accurate and evocative reporting, solid research and reporting and lively, well-organized stories. Ethics, cultural awareness, news judgment, analytical skills development and other reporting considerations especially important in the global sphere figured heavily, as did your introduction to multimedia skills. In WRR II, we’ll have two alternating drumbeats meant to deepen, amplify, and enhance the skills you will need as working professionals. More work on all of the above plus a new heavy emphasis on voice and originality, analysis, descriptive acuity, long-form structure and exquisite narrative technique in both short turnaround and longer deadline assignments.

We will work in a three-week rhythm: Story assignment workshops and exercises one week; Thesis workshops the next; and Multimedia every third week. We will work in themes rather than ethnic neighborhoods as past WRR II classes have done. This is our conceit: We are correspondents based in New York City who cover the city not for the city, but for other locales. That could mean as a national reporter or as a reporter for a publication in another country. It’s the most basic notion of foreign corresponding: making the place you are reporting from come alive in a truthful, factual, engaging way to those who cannot be there or do not know it. 

 

Open to GloJo students only.

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» Literary Reportage

How Books are Built: The Basics of NonFiction Narrative

Tuesday, 3:30pm-7:00pm

Michael Norman

How Books are Built: The Basics of NonFiction Narrative

Instructor: Michael Norman

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1050.001

Days: Tuesday, 3:30pm-7:00pm

Room: 652

» Syllabus (PDF)

This is a lively seminar about the most difficult aspect of book writing: How to structure a narrative. Through careful reading and exercises, we will attempt to discover how fine non-fiction books are made. We will read five book-length narratives (among them Praying for Sheetrock by Melissa Faye Greene, and The Duke of Deception by Geoff Wolf) then take those books apart, chapter by chapter, to discover what material the writer collected, how and why the writer organized that material and, finally, what structure the writer used to create a compelling narrative that attempts to hold the reader from first page to last. Seminar members, working in teams with protocols supplied by the instructor, will "present" the books for analysis and lead a discussion of them.

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WRRI: LitRep

Tuesday, 9:30am-12:30pm

Liza Featherstone

WRRI: LitRep

Instructor: Liza Featherstone

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1021.010

Days: Tuesday, 9:30am-12:30pm

Room: 659

Syllabus and description coming soon.

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Introduction to LitRep

Thursday, 2:00pm-5:00pm

Robert S. Boynton

Introduction to LitRep

Instructor: Robert S. Boynton

Course ID: JOUR-GA 2048.001

Days: Thursday, 2:00pm-5:00pm

Room: Room 654

» Syllabus (PDF)

The goal of this course is to help you create a distinctive body of work and, eventually, a capstone piece of literary reportage. It has three basic components. First, it will guide you through the research, reporting and thinking to refine and focus the project you will begin in Portfolio I. Second, it will introduce you to some of the authors, editors and publications of the genre. Third, it will familiarize you with some of the journalistic strategies you will use in your own work.

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Portfolio II

Wednesday, 9:30am-12:00pm

Suketu Mehta

Portfolio II

Instructor: Suketu Mehta

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1045.001

Days: Wednesday, 9:30am-12:00pm

Room: Room 654

» Syllabus (PDF)

The NYU Portfolio Program is designed to educate journalists in a way that is both conservative and revolutionary: Conservative in that it emphasizes knowledge of various journalistic traditions, basic literary skills, and practical outcomes (aka getting published) and revolutionary in that we are going to pursue these goals without primary emphasis on the "boot-camp" model ("skills" courses, "content" courses, etc.) that has dominated journalism education for the last half century. By invitation, we encourage and enable a select group of students to use their NYU Journalism Department experience to develop a coherent, sophisticated body of work.

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» Magazine Writing

Press Ethics

Monday, 5:30pm-8:00pm

Jane Stone

Press Ethics

Instructor: Jane Stone

Course ID: JOUR-GA 0012.004

Days: Monday, 5:30pm-8:00pm

Room: 657

» Syllabus (PDF)

This course offers through the case method a critical examination of current and recurring ethical and legal issues in journalism. Areas covered include reporting practices, roles of editors and executives, conflict of interest, sources, defamation and privacy, criminal justice and national security.

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WRRI - Magazine

Thursday, 10:00am-3:50pm

Alexis Gelber

WRRI - Magazine

Instructor: Alexis Gelber

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1021.011

Days: Thursday, 10:00am-3:50pm

Room: 652

This is a professional course, concentrating on the basics of the craft of journalism — coming up with an idea, getting it approved, reporting the facts, organizing the material and writing the story. Students will spend a lot of time looking for story ideas, and pitching them — a critical part of the real-world newsroom experience. Perhaps the biggest emphasis of the class will be on the most important part of journalism: gathering the facts. Students will have many reporting exercises during in-class drill sessions, but will also do a great deal of "live" street reporting. We will rely much more on primary sources — original documents, and especially what people tell us — rather than secondary sources that are better suited for the background that sends us to primary sources.

In drills and in the stories produced outside of class, students will learn the classic styles of organizing and writing, and will begin learning what works best for them on different types of stories. We'll read and analyze many examples of the day's news, looking at what works, what doesn't and why. We'll look at what gets covered, what doesn't, and the impact of both. The ethics of journalism will be a constant undercurrent for all our work and discussions.

In addition to exercises produced during drill sessions, students will do a number of street-reporting assignments. Possible story ideas might cover some aspect of a city agency, the courts, police, the arts, culture, business and sports. The story assignments are not merely drills; goal is to produce stories that can be published. (new paragraph)This class aims to lay the foundation for a career in journalism, extremely challenging but extremely stimulating, with the focus always on best practices for the communications professional in the 21st century.

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Digital Magazine

Tuesday, 6:30pm-10:00pm

Josh Davis

Digital Magazine

Instructor: Josh Davis

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1182.002

Days: Tuesday, 6:30pm-10:00pm

Room: Room 654

» Syllabus (PDF)

While the rows of glossy magazines on a newsstand grab our attention, magazine reporting and writing exists on a variety of platforms: Tweets, online posts, blogs and features, listicles, and  multimedia, from slideshows to videos. Magazine publishing is a two-way street where the “book” needs to reach out to readers by marketing the piece on social media, encouraging feedback and sharing, and keeping track of feedback.

 

Taught in conjunction with “Writing Reporting Workshop I,” the “Digital Magazine” will teach students how practice magazine journalism on various platforms.  Half the semester will be devoted to multimedia: conceptualizing, shooting and producing photos, slideshows and video.  The other half of the semester will focus on digital skills such as using social media for research and reporting as well as branding, data visualization and analytics.

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WRRI - Magazine

Thursday, 10:00am-3:50pm

Mary W. Quigley

WRRI - Magazine

Instructor: Mary W. Quigley

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1021.003

Days: Thursday, 10:00am-3:50pm

Room: 653

This is a professional course, concentrating on the basics of the craft of journalism — coming up with an idea, getting it approved, reporting the facts, organizing the material and writing the story. Students will spend a lot of time looking for story ideas, and pitching them — a critical part of the real-world newsroom experience. Perhaps the biggest emphasis of the class will be on the most important part of journalism: gathering the facts. Students will have many reporting exercises during in-class drill sessions, but will also do a great deal of "live" street reporting. We will rely much more on primary sources — original documents, and especially what people tell us — rather than secondary sources that are better suited for the background that sends us to primary sources.

In drills and in the stories produced outside of class, students will learn the classic styles of organizing and writing, and will begin learning what works best for them on different types of stories. We'll read and analyze many examples of the day's news, looking at what works, what doesn't and why. We'll look at what gets covered, what doesn't, and the impact of both. The ethics of journalism will be a constant undercurrent for all our work and discussions.

In addition to exercises produced during drill sessions, students will do a number of street-reporting assignments. Possible story ideas might cover some aspect of a city agency, the courts, police, the arts, culture, business and sports. The story assignments are not merely drills; goal is to produce stories that can be published. (new paragraph)This class aims to lay the foundation for a career in journalism, extremely challenging but extremely stimulating, with the focus always on best practices for the communications professional in the 21st century.

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Digital Magazine

Tuesday, 6:30pm-10:00pm

Todd Olmstead

Digital Magazine

Instructor: Todd Olmstead

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1182.018

Days: Tuesday, 6:30pm-10:00pm

Room: Room 652

» Syllabus (PDF)

While the rows of glossy magazines on a newsstand grab our attention, magazine reporting and writing exists on a variety of platforms: Tweets, online posts, blogs and features, listicles, and  multimedia, from slideshows to videos. Magazine publishing is a two-way street where the “book” needs to reach out to readers by marketing the piece on social media, encouraging feedback and sharing, and keeping track of feedback.

 

Taught in conjunction with “Writing Reporting Workshop I,” the “Digital Magazine” will teach students how practice magazine journalism on various platforms.  Half the semester will be devoted to multimedia: conceptualizing, shooting and producing photos, slideshows and video.  The other half of the semester will focus on digital skills such as using social media for research and reporting as well as branding, data visualization and analytics.

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Press Ethics

Monday, 10:00am-12:00pm

Charles Glasser

Press Ethics

Instructor: Charles Glasser

Course ID: JOUR-GA 12.001

Days: Monday, 10:00am-12:00pm

Room: Room 654

» Syllabus (PDF)

This class will survey the unique issues in media law and ethical challenges reporters face, and will explore tools and techniques central to producing top-quality work. We will explore legal restrictionsand ethical restrictions: how they often overlap – and sometimes conflict. This workshop will also focus on the unique challenges that face magazine and investigative reporters, who often run the risk of the “first-mover” and relying on their own enterprise, do not have a library of clips or previous publications to rely upon, which puts a premium on accuracy, fairness and completeness.

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» News and Documentary

Press Ethics

Monday, 2:30pm-5:00pm

Jane Stone

Press Ethics

Instructor: Jane Stone

Course ID: JOUR-GA 0012.002

Days: Monday, 2:30pm-5:00pm

Room: 655

» Syllabus (PDF)

This course offers through the case method a critical examination of current and recurring ethical and legal issues in journalism. Areas covered include reporting practices, roles of editors and executives, conflict of interest, sources, defamation and privacy, criminal justice and national security.

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TV Reporting I

Tuesday, 12:00pm-4:00pm

Marcia Rock

TV Reporting I

Instructor: Marcia Rock

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1040.001

Days: Tuesday, 12:00pm-4:00pm

Room: 750

» Syllabus (PDF)

This beginning course introduces students to field reporting. Students learn to develop story ideas, write to picture, structure a story and conduct interviews and shoot and edit. Beat assignments cover a variety of topics in the neighborhoods of New York. As the course develops, detailed script analysis is combined with in-depth discussions of the completed pieces. Students work in teams of 2-3. They use small DV cameras, linear and non-linear editing systems.

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WRRI - NewsDoc

Wednesday, 10:00am-3:50pm

Cora Daniels

WRRI - NewsDoc

Instructor: Cora Daniels

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1021.009

Days: Wednesday, 10:00am-3:50pm

Room: 750

» Syllabus (PDF)

The best journalism flows from logical thinking, solid research, and comprehensive journalism. Through short deadline pieces and longer writing assignments this class will simulate a newsroom and teach you how to think like a journalist. New York City will be your reporting lab and you will be sent out into the city hunting for stories from day one. While the primary focus of this class is print, the skills will give you a strong journalism foundation that can be used in any media.

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Video Editing

Thursday, 6:20-10pm

David Spungen

Video Editing

Instructor: David Spungen

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1149.001

Days: Thursday, 6:20-10pm

Room: 750

» Syllabus (PDF)

This course is dedicated to the craft of editing long form video for news and documentary
stories. Effective editing is much more than choosing the right scenes and sound.
Understanding the capabilities of software… knowing the value of special effects – not just
how to use them, but why to use them… the importance of creating natural transitions… the
significance of weaving the individual elements of sound, picture and narration so that they
are organic to the story telling to enhance and advance a story arc are all requirements for
the successful editor.

This course introduces the students to various editing concepts and techniques. Class time
will be spent screening long form videos and then deconstructing story telling approaches
and styles used in these genres. These discussions are reinforced with focused exercises
where students apply these techniques and concepts using their own documentary content.
Evaluations are based on how students interpret the assignment, the cleanness of the editing
and the level of complexity achieved. All edit assignments need to be output as a
QuickTime movie or posted on an easily accessible web site such as Vimeo or YouTube.

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Advanced TV Reporting

Wednesday, 4:00pm-8:00pm

Marcia Rock

Advanced TV Reporting

Instructor: Marcia Rock

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1175.001

Days: Wednesday, 4:00pm-8:00pm

Room: 750

» Syllabus (PDF)

We have several objectives in this class this semester. One is to finish your long piece. The other is to produce a short piece for our Election Special. You will work in groups of 2 for the election stories and then report live from various locations on election night as a follow-up to your reports. We will discuss this in class tonight and you will pitch stories on 9/21. This is very much a workshop class. You will present your work during the various stages of production—developing your story, reviewing your raw tapes, scripts and rough-cuts during class. Each of you will develop a schedule with deadlines for both stories and submit this by 9/28. During class, I will also bring in tapes to discuss that will stimulate discussion of form and content. Classes may run past 8:00 PM as we get more involved in story development so please don't schedule yourself too tightly on Wednesdays. Before you edit your election pieces, I will conduct an AVID session to give you some shortcuts. If you want to work on FCP, you have access to the 504 A computers, but you will compete with all the other students for time on those machines. Our final class is Dec 14. From past experience, that is not enough time to view all projects so I suggest we also meet on the 15th. We can meet in the afternoon as well since formal classes are over on the 14th. If you need the time, we could also have our last meeting on 12/19. Please do not schedule airline tickets before then. We will also pick a date in early February for your film festival screening. We normally have it on a Saturday, be we could try for a Friday. Please choose from Jan 28 or Feb 4. Parents and friends, of course, are invited.

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» Reporting the Nation and New York

First Amendment Law

Thursday, 9am-11:30am

Ruth S. Hochberger

First Amendment Law

Instructor: Ruth S. Hochberger

Course ID: JOUR-GA 0011.002

Days: Thursday, 9am-11:30am

Room: 659

» Syllabus (PDF)

This course examines the application of ethical and legal principles to journalistic decision making, in print, broadcast and on-line. Unlike other professionals, journalists must make their ethical decisions rapidly, often without clear guidelines, and on their own, and the results of their decisions are open to public view. Also unlike other professionals, violations of ethical precepts are not punished by professional discipline or revocation of a license. This makes it vital that journalists weigh the value of how and what they choose to report against the potential harm to subjects, sources and society as a whole. The objective of this course is to provide guidance, through consideration of hypothetical and actual situations and analysis of case decisions, in developing a framework to help you make ethical and legal professional choices and to suggest some criteria against which those decisions may be measured.

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WRRI - RTN/RNY

Monday, 11:00am-4:50pm

Yvonne Latty

WRRI - RTN/RNY

Instructor: Yvonne Latty

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1021.005

Days: Monday, 11:00am-4:50pm

Room: 652

» Syllabus (PDF)

This class is your newsroom. You will learn to research, pitch story ideas, find the right angles, hit the streets and write it up on deadline. You will use this nation, rich with culture, diversity, money and power, to learn and practice your skills. Journalism is about people, their stories, the government and services that enable them to live their lives. This class is about finding your voice and embracing your beat with passion, respect and understanding. This is a multimedia class. In the course of our year together you will learn to shoot and edit video, discover the magic of audio and create compelling slideshows, all for the web and for our website, "NYC Pavement Pieces." But remember, the words always come first.

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Investigative Reporting

Thursday, 6:20pm-10:00pm

Joe Calderone

Investigative Reporting

Instructor: Joe Calderone

Course ID: JOUR-GA 331.002

Days: Thursday, 6:20pm-10:00pm

Room: 7th Floor Library

» Syllabus (PDF)

This course seeks students interested in learning the skills necessary to produce exclusive, hard-edged, ground-breaking reporting, combining human sources with original, document-based research. Bloggers, Tweeters, aspiring TV talking heads and print reporters will learn how to cut through the noise and produce reporting that stands out, makes a difference.and gives them an edge in a crowded field.

The emphasis is on New York City-based fieldwork resulting in a capstone, semester-long investigative project of your choosing that is worthy of publication. You will learn how to develop ideas for a project, find and cultivate sources, pitch and write the story in a clear, compelling and fair fashion while adhering to the highest standards of accuracy and objectivity. You will see how to mine the records of courthouses, police agencies, property clerks, health agencies, City Hall, campaign finance, tax authorities and other municipal, nonprofit and law-enforcement offices for exclusive material. Your aim will be to produce a story that sheds a light on a little-known or hidden topic with important implications for the public and readers.

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» Science, Health and Environmental Reporting

WRRI - SHERP

Tuesday, 9:20AM-3:20PM

Michael Balter

WRRI - SHERP

Instructor: Michael Balter

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1021.006

Days: Tuesday, 9:20AM-3:20PM

Room: 652

» Syllabus (PDF)

The aim of this course is to develop and enhance your journalistic talents through intensive use of the
tools of the trade. We will specialize in science, health and environment writing and reporting, although
the outlook and skills you will acquire will serve you on any of journalism’s numerous news beats.

You will learn to write and report compelling news stories and news features, and greatly improve your
already existing skills. These will include basic elements of journalism such as how to find story leads,
track down information sources, get and conduct interviews, write with clarity, accuracy and style, and
make the most of the editing process. You will learn to write for the print and electronic media, practice
the art of blogging, and have a brief introduction to podcasting. You will also receive a basic introduction
to shooting and editing video in a series of morning and evening workshops.

In class, there will be a strong focus on discussion, newsroom-style give-and-take, and story pitches,
as well as in-class exercises, group edit sessions and some guest speakers. This is a workshop, so class
attendance is MANDATORY. You will put your new skills into practice with regular assignments. And
some of your best work, honed by group and one-on-one editing sessions, will be considered for the
SHERP webzine, Scienceline.

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Current Topics in SHERP

Wednesday, 10:00am-4:30pm

Dan Fagin

Current Topics in SHERP

Instructor: Dan Fagin

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1017.001

Days: Wednesday, 10:00am-4:30pm

Room: 652

» Syllabus (PDF)

Current Topics in Science, Health and Environmental Journalism

Current Topics in Science, Health and Environmental Journalism introduces students to the world of science journalism by looking at scientific topics that are at the cutting-edge of current research and also have profound implications for the way we live. In other words, they are the raw material for great journalism. As students immerse themselves in some challenging areas of current science, they will read the work of highly accomplished researchers and journalists, and will also hear from them directly in class. The goal throughout is be to understand and adopt the processes that the best science journalists use when they cover controversial science. You will learn how journalists interact with scientists, conduct research, organize information and write stories. Just as importantly, students also sharpen their analytical skills by writing almost every week for the SHERP webzine, Scienceline. Covering an assigned beat, students follow the peer-reviewed journals and other sources to stay on top of the news as it happens.

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Medical Reporting

Monday, 10:00am-1:00pm

Ivan Oransky, MD

Medical Reporting

Instructor: Ivan Oransky, MD

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1187.002

Days: Monday, 10:00am-1:00pm

Room: Room 655

Medical Reporting, taught by Professor Ivan Oransky.

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Medical Reporting

Wednesday, 12:30pm-3:30pm

Ivan Oransky, MD

Medical Reporting

Instructor: Ivan Oransky, MD

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1187.001

Days: Wednesday, 12:30pm-3:30pm

Room: Room 653

Medical Reporting, taught by Professor Ivan Oransky.

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Science Writing

Wednesday, 5:00pm-8:00pm

John Rennie

Science Writing

Instructor: John Rennie

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1180.001

Days: Wednesday, 5:00pm-8:00pm

Room: 653

» Syllabus (PDF)

This advanced SHERP class is intended to give a realistic preview of life as a working science journalist. We will explore the process step by step, from finding a story idea to pitching it to surviving the editing process to making sure the final product is accurate, clear and compelling. We will also look at science journalism from the editor's point of view. Open to third semester SHERP students only.

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» Studio 20: Digital First

Press Ethics: Digital Thinking

Monday, 2:00pm-6:00pm

Jay Rosen

Press Ethics: Digital Thinking

Instructor: Jay Rosen

Course ID: JOUR-GA 12.003

Days: Monday, 2:00pm-6:00pm

Room: 653

In this course we will examine what makes journalism different now that it runs on a digital platform. Readings and discussion will focus on making sense of the large shifts that accompany the move to digital production and distribution in professional journalism, including the "always on" web, the lower barriers to entry, the rise of social media and "the people formerly known as the audience," the ease of production using digital tools, the "unbundling" of news packages that were well adapted to prior platforms, the loss of monopoly status among news organizations, and the re-voicing of journalism in a more interactive environment for news. By comparing press ethics under the "old" system and the new codes that have emerged in the digital era, students will be able to hone in on what is different for professional journalists today, which is knowledge they will need for the remainder of the Studio 20 program.

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Studio One

Tuesday, 2:30pm-7:00pm

David Westphal

Studio One

Instructor: David Westphal

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1042.001

Days: Tuesday, 2:30pm-7:00pm

Room: 653

» Syllabus (PDF)

This course will examine the phenomenon of innovation, examining current disruptions in news media, how the industry's failure to innovate in a timely fashion is radically reshaping it, and why innovation is more necessary now than ever. We will look at great journalistic innovators throughout history, the causes and effects of major journalistic innovations -- including innovations in form, style, and content -- and the industry's response to new and disruptive technologies through the years. We will examine what new media are doing to reinvent journalism in the age of the Web and social media.

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WRRI - Studio20

Wednesday, 12:00pm-5:00pm

Jason Maloney

WRRI - Studio20

Instructor: Jason Maloney

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1021.004

Days: Wednesday, 12:00pm-5:00pm

Room: 654

» Syllabus (PDF)

See syllabus for details.

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Studio Three

Tuesday, 2:30pm-7:00pm

Jay Rosen

Studio Three

Instructor: Jay Rosen

Course ID: JOUR-GA 2044.001

Days: Tuesday, 2:30pm-7:00pm

Room: 655

See instructor for details.

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» Graduate Electives

Storied New York

Wednesday, 3:30pm-6:00pm

Suketu Mehta

Storied New York

Instructor: Suketu Mehta

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1023.001

Days: Wednesday, 3:30pm-6:00pm

Room: Room 659

» Syllabus (PDF)

New York is the most storied city in America and possibly the world; generations of writers have been entranced by it, and have produced masterpieces in tribute. We will look at the city as a character, in journalism, memoir, fiction, poetry, and film. What is the idea of New York in historical and contemporary imagination, and how different or similar are today's chroniclers of the city from their predecessors? What can we learn about urban reportage from the best practitioners of the genre? We will examine the texts for thematic concerns as well as those of craft. We will see how sentences and paragraphs are structured so that the text provides pleasure as well as information. And along the way, we will discover the broader possibilities and limitations of nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and film.

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Front Of The Book

Monday, 6:20pm-10:00pm

Nick Marino

Front Of The Book

Instructor: Nick Marino

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1231.005

Days: Monday, 6:20pm-10:00pm

Room: 659

» Syllabus (PDF)

Course description: The front-of-book is the fast-paced, voice-driven section every magazine uses to establish its personality and reel in readers. It's a lively mix of topics and storyforms that, when done right, hangs together like a magazine unto itself. By discussing both writing and editing for the front-of-book, this class will give students a 360-degree perspective on assigning, pacing, crafting and polishing the opening pages of any magazine.

Magazine Priority

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Documentary Storytelling for Radio and Podcasts

Monday, 10:00am-2:00pm

Audrey Quinn

Documentary Storytelling for Radio and Podcasts

Instructor: Audrey Quinn

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1182.016

Days: Monday, 10:00am-2:00pm

Room: 750

» Syllabus (PDF)

Through this course students will learn to produce documentary-style audio stories, as heard on Serial, This American Life, 99% Invisible, Planet Money, The Heart, Love and Radio, and Invisibilia. You will be encouraged to develop their own personal voice and style, while also learning practical skills necessary for finding work in both radio and podcasting.

 

After a quick introduction to audio equipment, you'll create two broadcast-worthy audio features as if you were working for an actual show. You'll learn to identify what makes for good radio story subjects and sources, and how to pitch your idea to an outlet. You'll produce your stories through the edit process used by most shows, and fine-tune your audio sensibilities by workshopping each others' stories. We'll cover how to best write for the ear, and you'll receive coaching to record narration in the NYU studio. There will also be an introduction to using music and sound design.

 

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Critical Profile

Monday, 1:30pm-5:10pm

Ian Parker

Critical Profile

Instructor: Ian Parker

Course ID: JOUR-GA 2057.001

Days: Monday, 1:30pm-5:10pm

Room: 7th Floor Library

» Syllabus (PDF)

In this course, we’ll tackle the challenges of producing successful profiles, with an emphasis on practical solutions to frequently encountered problems. Topics will include composing a seductive lede, translating jargon and technical arcana for lay readers, wresting vivid scenes from dull subjects, and the ethics of handling sources. We’ll study how various journalists, writing about figures in a broad range of fields, from politics and finance to scholarship and the arts, have negotiated the profile’s challenges. We’ll read pieces by the genre’s most talented practitioners and meet some of those journalists in class. Along the way, students will acquire a sense of the idea profile’s historical trajectory, from its antecedents among New York intellectuals in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s and the New Journalism of the 1960s to its flowering in recent decades, in magazines like Lingua Franca, The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, and The New Yorker.

CRC Priority

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The Art of Argument and Polemic

Tuesday, 9:45am-12:45pm

Katie Roiphe

The Art of Argument and Polemic

Instructor: Katie Roiphe

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1182.011

Days: Tuesday, 9:45am-12:45pm

Room: Library

The Art of Argument & Polemic                                                                                                                                                                                             

How does one enter a cultural debate?  How does one construct a stylish and effective opinion piece? How does one shake up received ideas and get the reader to look at something in a new way? This course will examine the art of opinion writing or polemic from Milton's Satan to Christopher Hitchens. We will read various spectacular & skillful & odious polemics, with close attention to how they work rhetorically.  Writing assignments will emphasize building a persuasive and charismatic argument, and honing one’s voice to most effectively build an argument and enter the controversies of the day.  We will examine various kinds of authority and how one projects them. This is both a rigorous writing and reading class;  both an academic exploration of the uses of rhetoric and a practical class in the skills of persuasion.

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Personal Essay

Tuesday, 2:00pm-5:40pm

Perri Klass

Personal Essay

Instructor: Perri Klass

Course ID: JOUR-GA 2056.001

Days: Tuesday, 2:00pm-5:40pm

Room: 7th Floor Library

» Syllabus (PDF)

This course examines the long, thoughtful, and well-written personal essay, and the power and privilege of using the first person, as narrative voice, as perspective, and as technique.  We will be looking at how research and reporting can be presented in the first person, and we will be examining memoir, but most particularly at memoir which goes beyond the strictly personal. We will discuss the pleasures and pitfalls of writing about yourself as a character in serious nonfiction, the complexities of keeping your distance and coming too close, and of course, the interplay of experience and accuracy, memory and narrative.  We’ll look at personal narratives constructed for purposes of entertainment, advocacy, intellectual discovery, and even revenge.  And we shall consider the always intriguing question raised by the first line of David Copperfield: "Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must s how."  We will examine essays which incorporate research and reportage, journeys and personal narratives, memoirs and deliberately constructed adventures. We will deliberately attempt the transformation of memoir and memory into personal essay, and of reported experience into personal essay. Our theme will be the use of the personal essay format, and the incorporation of the personal narrative voice, in strongly written pieces which address a wide variety of issues, at home (literally) and out in the great wide world. We will talk about the many options for presenting reported material, and about the advantages—and pitfalls—of the personal voice. We will talk about the writer’s job of constructing that personal voice in an essay, and about the essential job of writing a personal essay which is about more than that personal voice and that personal perspective.

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Advanced Multimedia

Wednesday, 4:30pm-8:10pm

Shayla Harris

Advanced Multimedia

Instructor: Shayla Harris

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1182.014

Days: Wednesday, 4:30pm-8:10pm

Room: 652

» Syllabus (PDF)

Today’s digital journalists are tasked with employing new storytelling tools.

This advanced multimedia journalism course will push students, working individually or in teams, to produce innovative and compelling work that will engage news consumers on the web.

In this course students will spend their fall semester producing one long-form multimedia project of their choosing. Completed projects will be a carefully assembled amalgamation of text, audio, video, photos, interactive maps and graphics.   

The objective of the course is to have students produce a heavily reported, thoroughly researched and beautifully crafted piece of digital journalism – the equivalent of an academic senior honors thesis.

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Longform Narrative

Wednesday, 2:00PM-5:00PM

Robert S. Boynton

Longform Narrative

Instructor: Robert S. Boynton

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1231.003

Days: Wednesday, 2:00PM-5:00PM

Room: 7th Floor Library

» Syllabus (PDF)

What is “literary reportage”? Sometimes called “literary journalism” or the “literature of fact,” it might best be thought of as a way of weaving characters, reporting, research and stories together to create something that appeals to the general reader. In my opinion, literary reportage is less a subject to be studied than a collection of practices, insights, techniques and formulas­­embodied in wonderful literature­­to help a writer explore the subjects he/she cares about, and articulate that passion in the most aesthetically pleasing way possible. Literary reportage is valuable to the extent that you can use it, and it is in this spirit that this course operates.

 

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Cataclysm and Commitment

Wednesday, 6:00pm-9:00pm

Susie Linfield

Cataclysm and Commitment

Instructor: Susie Linfield

Course ID: JOUR-GA 2081.001

Days: Wednesday, 6:00pm-9:00pm

Room: 7th Floor Library

» Syllabus (PDF)

In this seminar, we will read books by American journalists that chronicle cataclysms abroad from World War II to the present day. We will read about American wars and about foreign wars, about repression abroad and poverty abroad, about the fall of the Soviet Union and about the rise of Islamic terrorism. We will return to certain themes throughout the semester. Some emerge from the events themselves: the tension between universal ideals and national sovereignty, the responsibility of the powerful toward the powerless, the scope of moral agency in extremis. Others are specific to the work of American correspondents. What does it mean to be an American reporter in the context of these events, and how has each writer capitalized on or compensated for the limitations and the privileges of this position? How might the work have challenged or contributed to American self-perception? How does the writer come to know and invest in his or her foreign subject? 

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Reporting the Arts

Thursday, 6:00pm-9:40pm

Rob Brunner

Reporting the Arts

Instructor: Rob Brunner

Course ID: JOUR-GA 2034.001

Days: Thursday, 6:00pm-9:40pm

Room: 652

» Syllabus (PDF)

In this course, you’ll develop your voice and your reportorial skills, enhance your understanding of the way magazines and websites operate, and prepare for a career in an industry that has changed even since you started reading this paragraph.

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Photojournalism

Thursday, 2:00pm-5:40pm

Lori Grinker

Photojournalism

Instructor: Lori Grinker

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1182.015

Days: Thursday, 2:00pm-5:40pm

Room: 655

» Syllabus (PDF)

This course is about the development of knowledge through photography. As the lines begin to blur between documentary photography, photojournalism, vernacular photographs and fine art, how can a personal photographic project fit in with new storytelling possibilities such as multimedia platforms, smart camera documentation, audio slideshows, tablet e-readers, while addressing social issues in depth? Some documentary photographers approach a subject with a clear agenda for prescriptive change, some come with a direction, technique, or a subject area, some come seeking answers, often in the form of stories or essays, and others seek to portray a psychological reality or state of mind. In many cases, a new understanding of the world, or at least one aspect of the world, is achieved. Besides imparting an understanding of this process, this course poses the question: How will you document the social, political, economic, and cultural issues of today and cultivate a narrative with still images? 

How will you document a neighborhood of your city; how will you interpret what you see when you look through your viewfinder? What knowledge emerges when you discuss and edit your work? And most basically, how do you begin?

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Investigative Reporting

Wednesday, 12:30pm-3:00pm

Charles Seife

Investigative Reporting

Instructor: Charles Seife

Course ID: JOUR-GA 331.001

Days: Wednesday, 12:30pm-3:00pm

Room: 659

» Syllabus (PDF)

Your objective will be to master basic investigative tools and techniques, as well as how to apply them to everyday reporting and major enterprise pieces. We will explore how to take advantage of the two main sources of information documents and people and discuss when and how to use computer data to both enhance a story or provide the foundation for a major project. Throughout the course, the goal will be to constantly delve beneath the surface. Going deep is the essence of investigative reporting, which pulls together all publicly available information, as well as harder-to-find material, to present the fullest possible picture. Corporations and powerful individuals employ armies of PR experts, lawyers and lobbyists to ensure that only their version of reality prevails, and it is the lonely duty of journalists to dispel this fog of self-interest. At least as important as mastering the technical skills will be learning to think critically and skeptically. The relentlessly upbeat press release, the carefully worded SEC filing or the late-Friday-afternoon earnings statement each, as a matter of course, should be probed for accuracy and omission. What important development went unsaid? Did the company chairman really resign to "spend more time with his family"?

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Writing Abroad

Friday, 10:00am-1:40pm

Katherine Zoepf

Writing Abroad

Instructor: Katherine Zoepf

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1281.003

Days: Friday, 10:00am-1:40pm

Room: 657

Katherine Zoepf has written for the new yorker and the new york times. Her book on women in the middle east is coming out in the fall. 
Over the last five years, newspapers and magazines based in the United States have closed dozens of foreign bureaus; today, only a handful of publications maintain any kind of full-time overseas presence. Meanwhile, dwindling reporting budgets mean that U.S.-based writers seeking foreign assignments have an increasingly hard case to make. While all this is bad news for readers, it represents a tremendous opportunity for journalists with the energy and flexibility to strike out on their own abroad.

"This course is intended for American students who are considering a stint reporting from overseas, as well as for students of other nationalities who would like to establish themselves writing for American outlets when they return home. We’ll examine the kinds of story ideas that, when you’re starting out, are most likely to set you apart from the competition and interest editors who aren’t yet familiar with your writing. We’ll address the tricky business of securing a stream of short-term, bread-and-butter assignments while also pursuing the kinds of complex stories that may require months or even years to report. We’ll discuss practical concerns, such as how to work most effectively with translators and fixers, and how to form and maintain good relationships with editors many time zones away. We’ll also survey the growing group of organizations that fund reporting projects overseas through fellowships and travel grants.

Perhaps most important, we’ll read some of the most exciting new writing from overseas, all of it by journalists who got their start freelancing abroad. We’ll consider the work of now-established writers such as Wendell Steavenson, Peter Hessler, and Eliza Griswold, as well as writing by younger reporters, including Laura Kasinof, Joshua Hersh, and Alexis Okeowo. Many of these journalists have lived much closer to their subjects than American reporters overseas traditionally have, and we’ll look at how that increased intimacy has benefited their work, as well as the difficulties and ethical questions it may have raised. Through our readings, we’ll also examine the challenges of observing social change in an unfamiliar context, and of reporting on beliefs that we may find troubling or even abhorrent. Diminished budgets for overseas reporting, and the near-extinction of staff foreign correspondents, are among the most widely lamented aspects of the crisis in journalism. But there has never been a better time to be a journalism student with a passport and a keen eye for a story."

Syllabus coming soon.
emphasis on practical solutions to frequently encountered problems. Topics will
include composing a seductive lede, translating jargon and technical arcana for 
lay readers, wresting vivid scenes from dull subjects, and the ethics of handling 
sources. We’ll study how various journalists, writing about figures in a broad range 
of fields, from politics and finance to scholarship and the arts, have negotiated the 
profile’s challenges. We’ll read pieces by the genre’s most talented practitioners and 
meet some of those journalists in class. Along the way, students will acquire a sense 
of the idea profile’s historical trajectory, from its antecedents among New York 
intellectuals in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s and the New Journalism of the 1960s 
to its flowering in recent decades, in magazines like Lingua Franca, The New York 
Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, and The New Yorker

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Research For Writers

Tuesday, 9:30am-12:00pm

Meredith Broussard

Research For Writers

Instructor: Meredith Broussard

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1182.017

Days: Tuesday, 9:30am-12:00pm

Room: Room 657

This course examines the craft of research, a kind of freewheeling advanced nosiness. Students will select a topic and will spend the semester researching it. Once the research is underway, we will practice incorporating it into literary nonfiction, a technique that can help transform prose from mundane to masterful. The final project will be a long reported piece. We will also read writers who use research in creative and invigorating ways. Expect to become a search ninja and learn to talk to experts like oral historians, archivists, or museum curators about how to mine the past for ideas. CAPSTONE CLASS

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