Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University

Course Listings | Spring 2013

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

Methods and Practice: Point of View

Fri 12:20pm4:00pm

James McBride

Methods and Practice: Point of View

Instructor: James McBride

Course ID: JOUR-UA 202, section 001

Days: Fri 12:20pm4:00pm

Room: 20 Cooper Square,7th Floor Library (rm. 700)

» 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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Methods and Practice: The Personal Essay

W 12:00-3:00pm

Carol Sternhell

Methods and Practice: The Personal Essay

Instructor: Carol Sternhell

Course ID: JOUR-UA 202.002

Days: W 12:00-3:00pm

Room: 20 Cooper, room 653

» Syllabus (PDF)

Do you have something to say? A story to tell? An original voice? This course will nurture that voice, help shape the stories, sharpen your skills. The personal essay is a popular form of nonfiction writing, cherished by both writers and readers, but crafting a successful essay is a difficult skill. How can we be self-revealing without being self-indulgent? How can we make our own experiences powerful for others? In this course students will read some of the best essays around, from Langston Hughes to Joan Didion to Oliver Sacks to Marjorie Williams, and write their own, taking each one through several drafts. The heart of the course will be close reading and editing of students' work.

This course is open to college and pre-college studens.

 

 

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Methods and Practice: Visual Reporting

W 5:00pm - 8:40pm

David Handschuh

Methods and Practice: Visual Reporting

Instructor: David Handschuh

Course ID: JOUR-UA 203.001

Days: W 5:00pm - 8:40pm

Room: 20 Cooper, room 654

» Syllabus (PDF)

Learn to use a digital SLR camera. Practice the skills and techniques professionals use to produce story-telling images. Learn to capture fleeting moments, document daily life, and special events. By semester’s end, you should have a basic understanding of the history of photojournalism and the impact photographs have on society, legal and ethical concerns of photojournalists, digital production of photographs, and the importance of captions and text accompanying those photos. You should also have a variety of photojournalistic images suitable for an entry-level portfolio. Many of your images should be suitable for publication.

Develop your own story ideas, cover city and campus events. Edit and scan your own photographs using Adobe Photoshop or any similar image processing program.  Share your photos with classmates; critique your own work and theirs in a group setting.

This is NOT a darkroom or basic photography class, but some portion of the class will be focused on teaching basic skills. The emphasis is on taking and editing pictures. A basic understanding of camera operation and exposure is required and recommended.

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CrisisBeat: Reporting on Religion, Ethnicity and Human Rights

Fri 2:00pm- 5:40pm

Jason Maloney

CrisisBeat: Reporting on Religion, Ethnicity and Human Rights

Instructor: Jason Maloney

Course ID: JOUR-UA 204.001 Elective Reporting Topics

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

Room: 20 Cooper, room 750

» Syllabus (PDF)

JOUR-UA 204.001 Elective Reporting Topics:CrisisBeat - Reporting on Religion, Ethnicity and Human Rights

A blend of regionally-focused and thematic study, intense analysis of foreign news coverage, and actual production and reporting effort, CrisisBeat is a course designed for students interested in internationally-focused video or print journalism. The class will offer a rare opportunity for hands-on experience supporting the production of a television news series on the intersection of international politics and global religion for a major national media outlet. In 2012-2013, Professor Jason Maloney's non-profit production unit, the Bureau for International Reporting, has contracted with PBS NewsHour to produce a six-part series called Fault Lines of Faith. This course will work towards identifying, researching and developing topics that are of global importance and appropriate for television news production and inclusion in this series. The class will also develop a companion blog for the series, which will feature some of the student work done for the class. The class will also be responsible for reporting and producing video interviews with experts on International Affairs.

 

To achieve our class goals, students will divide up the world into regional dossiers, study local dynamics and socio-political trends and develop individual stories from within their areas of focus. In class, students will present and brief the group on their region, and on developments that impact our major theme. This will involve aggregating news content from a series of media, international and regional, but will also involve primary source reporting using Skype, phone and email and through coverage of public meetings and events focused on their topic and hosted by relevant organizations in New York (Human Rights Watch, Asia Society, UN groups). We will also occasionally bring these experts to us... and hear from occasional guest speakers who are expert in the topics and regions we are covering.

 

Some of the efforts undertaken by students as part of this class will support the production of the stories that are covered as part of the NewsHour video series; other work will lead to content that will be disseminated through our Fault Lines of Faith Blog. This course will offer those students interested in TV or video news production an opportunity to be a part of a major news project that will result in significant airtime on a nationally-broadcast, well-respected outlet. For those students not primarily interested in video, this course still offers the opportunity for first-hand reporting on global and topical subject matter with the potential for clips running on a promoted website. The essential skills for story identification, development, research and writing, with an emphasis on storytelling, are universal to all dissemination platforms. Though our primary outlet for this project is television, the class will emphasize story and reporting.

 

 

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Elective Reporting Topics: Muckraking & Investigative Reporting

Thur 1:00pm-4:40pm

William Serrin

Elective Reporting Topics: Muckraking & Investigative Reporting

Instructor: William Serrin

Course ID: JOUR-UA 204.002

Days: Thur 1:00pm-4:40pm

Room: 20 Cooper, room 653

JOUR-UA 204.002 Elective Reporting Topics: Muckraking  & Investigative Reporting

 

WILLIAM SERRIN is Collegiate Professor and Associate Professor of Journalism. Before joining NYU, he was for eight years the labor and workplace correspondent for the New York Times. He has written for numerous magazines, including Newsweek, Atlantic Monthly, American Heritage, and the Nation, as well as the Columbia Journalism Review and the Village Voice. He is the author of Homestead: The Glory and Tragedy of an American Steel Town (1993); The Company; and The Union: The “Civilized Relationship” of the General Motors Corporation and the United Automobile Workers (1974). He is the editor of The Business of Journalism: 10 Leading Reporters and Editors on the Perils and Pitfalls of the Press (2000) and co-editor, with Judith Bruhn Serrin, of Muckraking: The Journalism That Changed America (2002). He was a recipient of the Alicia Patterson Award, for study of American farm and food policies. He also won the Sidney Hillman Foundation Award for outstanding labor coverage, and he was a member the Detroit Free Press team of reporters who won a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the 1967 Detroit riots. In addition, he was a recipient of the George Polk Award for reporting on the Kent State killings in 1970. He is currently working on two new books: one a memoir of growing up in his hometown, an industrial town (Saginaw, Michigan), the other an examination of how, as industries emerge and grow in America, communities grow up and expand around them, then when the industries move or collapse, the communities that have served its citizens and country so well are often left to collapse and die.

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Production & Publication: TV Newscast

T 1:00pm-7:00pm

Nancy Han

Production & Publication: TV Newscast

Instructor: Nancy Han

Course ID: JOUR-UA 302.001

Days: T 1:00pm-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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Journalism Seminar: The Journalism of Empathy

T 11:00am - 1:30pm

Ted Conover

Journalism Seminar: The Journalism of Empathy

Instructor: Ted Conover

Course ID: JOUR-UA 401.001

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

Room: 20 Cooper, 7th floor library (rm. 700)

» Syllabus (PDF)

Empathy in narrative has roots in some of the earliest written stories—what is a literary character, after all, if not an imagining of the the world through someone else’s eyes? But empathy is not exclusively the tool of novelists and playwrights. In our time, journalists such as Alex Kotlowitz, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, Anne Fadiman, Jon Krakauer, Susan Orlean, Sebastian Junger, and Katherine Boo (and earlier, John Hersey and others) have used a fiercely empathetic approach to create powerful nonfiction narratives, sometimes with social justice concerns. This course will survey the history and recent practice of empathetic nonfiction, using seminal readings as models for your own writing and reporting. In other words, it's a reading course and an article-writing course: Assignments will require original reporting and offer a chance to experiment with elements of narrative writing such as setting scenes, developing character, dialog, conflict, and, when appropriate, the first person voice.

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Journalism Seminar: Reporting Sexual Politics

Mon 10:00a,-12:30pm

Katie Roiphe

Journalism Seminar: Reporting Sexual Politics

Instructor: Katie Roiphe

Course ID: JOUR-UA 401.001

Days: Mon 10:00a,-12:30pm

Room: 20 Cooper, room 652

This course will explore writing about sexual politics from the age of suffragettes to current debates over modern relationships. How have writers tackled the intimate and explosive topic of relations between the sexes over the last century? We will focus on how people have written on both sides of the delicate and controversial issues surrounding what H. G. Wells called "the general problem of men and women." Writers under discussion will include Rebecca West, Virginia Woolf, Simone de Beauvoir, Norman Mailer, Kate Millett, Betty Friedan, Joan Didion,  Catharine MacKinnon, Hanna Rosin, and Laura Kipnis

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Journalism & Society: Women and the Media

Tues 12:00pm2:30pm

Carol Sternhell

Journalism & Society: Women and the Media

Instructor: Carol Sternhell

Course ID: JOUR-UA 503.001

Days: Tues 12:00pm2:30pm

Room: 20 Cooper Square, room 653

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

Tues 11:00am-1:30pm

Michael Norman

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

Instructor: Michael Norman

Course ID: JOUR-UA 504.001

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

Room: 20 Cooper Square, room 652

» 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 as Literature: Storied New York

W 11:00am-1:30

Suketu Mehta

Journalism as Literature: Storied New York

Instructor: Suketu Mehta

Course ID: JOUR-UA 504.002

Days: W 11:00am-1:30

Room: 20 Cooper, room 659

» Syllabus (PDF)

New York is the most storied city in America; 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 look at them as a car mechanic looks at a car; see how sentences 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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Issues and Ideas - Covering the Middle East

Mon 3:30pm-6:00pm

Mohamad Bazzi

Issues and Ideas - Covering the Middle East

Instructor: Mohamad Bazzi

Course ID: JOUR-UA 505.001

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

Room: 20 Cooper Square, room 653

» Syllabus (PDF)

The Middle East is in the headlines every day. But the coverage is often bewildering, focusing on the latest death toll in Iraq, a terrorist bombing, or an ongoing political crisis. There is little historical or political context in most of this coverage.

This course will provide students with an understanding of contemporary issues in the Middle East (such as the rise of militant Islam; the roots of Sunni-Shia tension; the failure of Arab nationalism; terrorism versus national resistance; the problem of the nation-state) 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.

We will also discuss the challenges of reporting from a region with competing narratives, authoritarian regimes that have little respect for a free press, and places where journalists must work under constant danger. We will have occasional guest speakers who have worked as foreign correspondents or editors managing coverage of the region.

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Internship

TBA

Sylvan Solloway

Internship

Instructor: Sylvan Solloway

Course ID: JOUR-UA 0980

Days: TBA

Room: 20 Cooper

DECLARED JOURNALISM MAJORS ONLY Hours Arranged

Prerequisites: Foundations, Inquiry, The Beat

To enroll:
1) Students must be declared journalism majors who have been offered an internship. The Career Services director must approve the internship. All sophomores must consult the director before applying for a credit internship.
2) No credit will be given for internships in advertising, marketing, public relations or the fashion/accessory closet.
3) Students may take the course for 1, 2, 3 or 4 credits but can earn no more than 4 credits total while attending the institute. Only one internship for credit is allowed per semester.

 

For moew information go to the Career Services section.

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Advanced Individualized Study

TBA

TBA

Advanced Individualized Study

Instructor: TBA

Course ID: JOUR-UA 997

Days: TBA

Room: TBA

To enroll in Advanced Individualized Study, an interested student must find a full-time faculty member to be a sponsor and then must develop and file a syllabus. The syllabus must be approved by the faculty member and the Journalism Director of Undergraduate Graduate Studies (DUGS). It must list, in week by week fashion, all readings and all writing assignments that the student will undertake for the Advanced Individualized Study. Once approved, this syllabus constitutes your "contract" on the project and the student's work will be judged and graded with that in mind.

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Journalistic Inquiry

M/W 9:00a-10:50a

Phil Rosenbaum

Journalistic Inquiry

Instructor: Phil Rosenbaum

Course ID: JOUR-UA 101.001

Days: M/W 9:00a-10:50a

Room: 20 Cooper, room 659

» Syllabus (PDF)

JOURNALISTIC INQUIRY

Prerequisites: JOUR-UA 501 Investigating Journalism

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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In this skills course, we will explore the world around us and look for stories beneath the surface. This section of Journalistic Inquiry is a fun, eye-opening journey to build a foundation for covering news and features with passion and creativity.

Bring a curious mind to this class as we cover news around the city. To get solid stories, let’s take the news and break it down. Analyze it and find experts and primary sources to bring our stories to life and give them a human dimension with telling quotes, anecdotes and thoughtful yet objective writing.

 

This will be a hands-on course aimed at making you confident multi-platform journalists, ready to take on assignments for print, TV and the Internet.  Along the way, you will meet and interview newsmakers and characters from the worlds of business, fashion, media and more in the classroom and field.

You will prepare for assignments and group interviews in advance. Stay on top of your email – I will act as an assignment manager, updating us on what’s planned for class and how to get ready.

As we venture where the news takes us, you will get a taste for whether you like this profession and are well-suited for it. This class holds a mirror to a working world you will soon enter.

These days, most journalism jobs require you to be well-versed in all media. Consider this class a hearty buffet from which we will get a sampling of spot news and feature reporting for print, radio, TV and the Internet.

Today you are students and you are journalists.  Enjoy the ride.

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Journalism Ethics and First Amendment Law

M 6:20pm-8:50pm

George Freeman

Journalism Ethics and First Amendment Law

Instructor: George Freeman

Course ID: JOUR-UA 502.001

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

Room: Silver 411

» 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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Journalism Ethics and First Amendment Law

W 6:20pm-8:50pm

David A. Kaplan

Journalism Ethics and First Amendment Law

Instructor: David A. Kaplan

Course ID: JOUR-UA 502.002

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

Room: Silver, room 411

» 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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Journalistic Inquiry

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

Rosemary McManus Beirne

Journalistic Inquiry

Instructor: Rosemary McManus Beirne

Course ID: JOUR-UA 101.003

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

Room: 20 Cooper, room 659

» Syllabus (PDF)

JOURNALISTIC INQUIRY

Prerequisites: JOUR-UA 501 Investigating Journalism

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

Tues/Thur 10:00am-11:50am

Cora Daniels

Journalistic Inquiry

Instructor: Cora Daniels

Course ID: JOUR-UA 101.005

Days: Tues/Thur 10:00am-11:50am

Room: 20 Cooper, room 652

» Syllabus (PDF)

JOURNALISTIC INQUIRY

Prerequisites: JOUR-UA 501 Investigating Journalism

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

Tu/Th 11:00am-12:50

Jill Hamburg Coplan

Journalistic Inquiry

Instructor: Jill Hamburg Coplan

Course ID: JOUR-UA 101.006

Days: Tu/Th 11:00am-12:50

Room: 20 Cooper, room 659

» Syllabus (PDF)

JOURNALISTIC INQUIRY

Prerequisites: JOUR-UA 501 Investigating Journalism

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

Tu/Th 9:00am-10:50am

Keith Kloor

Journalistic Inquiry

Instructor: Keith Kloor

Course ID: JOUR-UA 101.008

Days: Tu/Th 9:00am-10:50am

Room: 20 Cooper, room 659

» Syllabus (PDF)

JOURNALISTIC INQUIRY

Prerequisites: JOUR-UA 501 Investigating Journalism

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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The Beat: Foreign Reporting from NYC

Tues 3:00pm-6:40pm

Mohamad Bazzi

The Beat: Foreign Reporting from NYC

Instructor: Mohamad Bazzi

Course ID: JOUR-UA 201.001

Days: Tues 3:00pm-6:40pm

Room: 20 Cooper Square, room 652

» 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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This course will teach you the fundamentals of international 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.

 

Throughout the 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 focus on 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. We will discuss news judgment, ethical standards, fairness and balance, writing for different audiences, and the role of journalists in society. We will also discuss the challenges facing foreign correspondents today and how the news industry can sustain international reporting at a time of great upheaval in the media.

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The Beat: Reporting Downton

Wed 3:30pm-710pm

Frankie Edozien

The Beat: Reporting Downton

Instructor: Frankie Edozien

Course ID: JOUR-UA 201, Section 002

Days: Wed 3:30pm-710pm

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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Whether you're based in Paris or Los Angeles, Beijing or Wyoming, covering a geographic beat is a unique experience because you need the confidence and skills to write about everything. For this class, our territory is the world situated south of 14th Street. Each of you will be based in a specific neighborhood, where you'll cover a wide range of stories. Whether you're reporting on crime or culture, politics or hot parties, you'll learn what it takes to parachute into a new locale and find your bearings. This class will unleash your inner adventurer by strengthening your interviewing/writing abilities while you're developing a reportorial voice. Guest speakers and field trips will be essential to our journey.

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The Beat: NY Characters

Th 2:30pm - 6:10pm

Vivien Orbach-Smith

The Beat: NY Characters

Instructor: Vivien Orbach-Smith

Course ID: JOUR-UA 201.05

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

Room: 20 Cooper, room 657

» Syllabus (PDF)

Prerequisites:  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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New York was commonly referred to as a “melting pot” throughout much of the previous
century, but with the surge in multiethnic and multicultural identities among its inhabitants, the
“stew-pot” or “tossed salad” has emerged as the current paradigm. In this intensive skills
course, you will learn how to report on one of the most fascinating aspects of New York: its
stunningly diverse people. You will be required to declare a beat and immerse yourself in a
subject area you are passionate about – New Yorkers in entertainment, in the arts, in politics, in
race relations, in religion, in sports, in education, in the fields of fashion/restaurants/
commerce/media and so on. These New Yorkers may be “ordinary folks” or luminaries,
individuals who are extremely successful in their fields or who are struggling to overcome
serious challenges, born-and-bred New Yorkers or part of the immigrant tapestry that lends
color and vibrancy to our city. You will be guided in coming up with and pursuing great, fresh
story ideas within your beat, in writing five pieces (four shorter ones and one more-in-depth
final), and in finding venues to submit them. The goal is learning how to craft strong, captivating
stories featuring memorable New York characters and settings - with emphasis upon
resourceful newsgathering and interviewing; responsible presentation of facts and events; vivid
character development, color and detail; coherent structure, impeccable mechanics, and artful
language. You will be encouraged to not only strengthen your reporting/writing skills, but to
broaden your perspective (and your fellow students’) about the varied cultural/socioeconomic
milieus 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 Reporting I/II, stopping far short of “fan-like,” gushy
prose, blinding passions or fictional license

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The Beat: TV NY Neighborhoods

Mon 12:00pm - 3:00pm

Jane Stone

The Beat: TV NY Neighborhoods

Instructor: Jane Stone

Course ID: JOUR-UA 201.04

Days: Mon 12:00pm - 3:00pm

Room: 20 Cooper, room 750

» Syllabus (PDF)

Prerequisites: 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 Neighborhoods

Tues 12:30pm - 3:30pm

Jane Stone

The Beat: TV NY Neighborhoods

Instructor: Jane Stone

Course ID: JOUR-UA 201.05

Days: Tues 12:30pm - 3:30pm

Room: 20 Cooper, room 750

» Syllabus (PDF)

Prerequisites: 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: Writing the Long Form Narative

M 2:00pm - 5:40pm

Adam L. Penenberg

Advanced Reporting: Writing the Long Form Narative

Instructor: Adam L. Penenberg

Course ID: JOUR-UA 301.001

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

Room: 20 Cooper, 7th Floor Library (rm. 700)

» Syllabus (PDF)

Prerequisites: 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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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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Advanced Reporting: Finding New York City

Mon 9:30-1:10pm

William Serrin

Advanced Reporting: Finding New York City

Instructor: William Serrin

Course ID: JOUR-UA 301.002

Days: Mon 9:30-1:10pm

Room: 20 Cooper, 655

» 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 this course, students explore, read, and write about—and develop a deep understanding of—New York City from diverse perspectives and by means of various media. We venture into different neighborhoods, ethnic areas, all five boroughs, out on the Hudson and East rivers, restaurants, parks, and the like. We examine New York history and how the city has changed over the decades, writing several pieces on what we see and read and what people tell us. In the end, all should have an understanding of how New York City began, how it has changed over time, what remains from the old days, what new things are happening, and what the future might be. This is, in short, a course in urban America that takes New York City as its laboratory. The seminar turns to reading the splendid books or sections from the splendid books that deal with important aspects of the history and life of New York City, among them The Island at the Center of the World; Divided Loyalties; Forgotten Patriots; The Devil’s Own Work: The Civil War Draft Riots and the Fight to Reconstruct America; Five Points; Positively 4th Street; and A Freewheelin’ Time: A Memoir of Greenwich Village in the Sixties. It also considers how the image of New York City in the movies has changed over the decades, drawing in part on the book Celluloid Skyline. In addition, it uses parts of the Ken Burns PBS documentary series New York City.

WILLIAM SERRIN is Collegiate Professor and Associate Professor of Journalism. Before joining NYU, he was for eight years the labor and workplace correspondent for the New York Times. He has written for numerous magazines, including Newsweek, Atlantic Monthly, American Heritage, and the Nation, as well as the Columbia Journalism Review and the Village Voice. He is the author of Homestead: The Glory and Tragedy of an American Steel Town (1993); The Company; and The Union: The “Civilized Relationship” of the General Motors Corporation and the United Automobile Workers (1974). He is the editor of The Business of Journalism: 10 Leading Reporters and Editors on the Perils and Pitfalls of the Press (2000) and co-editor, with Judith Bruhn Serrin, of Muckraking: The Journalism That Changed America (2002). He was a recipient of the Alicia Patterson Award, for study of American farm and food policies. He also won the Sidney Hillman Foundation Award for outstanding labor coverage, and he was a member the Detroit Free Press team of reporters who won a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the 1967 Detroit riots. In addition, he was a recipient of the George Polk Award for reporting on the Kent State killings in 1970. He is currently working on two new books: one a memoir of growing up in his hometown, an industrial town (Saginaw, Michigan), the other an examination of how, as industries emerge and grow in America, communities grow up and expand around them, then when the industries move or collapse, the communities that have served its citizens and country so well are often left to collapse and die.

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Advanced Reporting: Fame: From the Past to the Pursuit

Tues 2:00pm-5:40pm

Mary W. Quigley

Advanced Reporting: Fame: From the Past to the Pursuit

Instructor: Mary W. Quigley

Course ID: JOUR-UA 301.03

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

Room: 20 Cooper, 653

» 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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Our culture is obsessed by fame, from celebrities to neon names in business, sports, education, medicine, encompassing virtually every field. The media help drive fame, from magazine covers—People’s celebs-of-the-moment,  New York magazine with Best Doctors, Esquire's "75 Best People in the World"--to television with countless reality shows where anyone can be a “star” for a week or two or more. 

Andy Warhol famously predicted that everyone will get 15 minutes of fame. He could not have forecast how quickly that can happen in the 21st century on the Internet with viral YouTube videos, Facebook and Twitter. Social networking has made fame more accessible than ever and transformed fans into amateur paparazzi, thanks to digital cameras.

This course will focus on fame in all its manifestations including the cult of celebrity. We'll begin by reading Leo Braudy's "History of Renown," which covers the subject from Alexander the Great to modern times. We'll consider the question of how fame has evolved from being based on achievement to what historian Daniel Boorstin calls "well-knownness," which is people famous simply for being famous.

Course requires include a 1,000-word analysis of a person's climb to fame, a 1,500-word profile of a reality show contestant or viral video "star," and a 3,000-word heavily researched and reported piece on a "big fish" in a small pond or, conversely, a small fish a big pond.

A major part of the course is polishing your work so it can be posted on the class webzine http://fameology.net/, where students can experiment with text, photos and video.  All students are all required to write a weekly blog on a subject area related to their final piece. 

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Advanced Reporting: On the Road in the City

Wed 10:00pm - 1:40pm

David Dent

Advanced Reporting: On the Road in the City

Instructor: David Dent

Course ID: JOUR-UA 301.004

Days: Wed 10:00pm - 1:40pm

Room: 20 Cooper, room 655

» Syllabus (PDF)

Prerequisites: 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 On The Road in the City, students will go on a series of journeys throughout the city in search of snippets of ordinary life that say something extraordinary about the city and humanity. In the process, students will be in pursuit of the seeds of cultural change. The mission and challenge will be to present those seeds and portraits of life with prose that gives the reader a sense of making the same discoveries. You will also read three books that employ "road" journalism in different ways. The semester will culminate in your own major project that will require you to journey with a social or cultural world of New York.

 

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Advanced Reporting: Media Criticism

Mon 1:00pm - 4:40pm

Katie Roiphe

Advanced Reporting: Media Criticism

Instructor: Katie Roiphe

Course ID: JOUR-UA 301.005

Days: Mon 1:00pm - 4:40pm

Room: 20 Cooper, room 657

» Syllabus (PDF)

Prerequisites: The Beat

Priority given to Media Criticism Students.

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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You’ve probably heard a variation of this before: We’re no more aware of the media we swim in than a fish is of the water it lives in. In this class, we’re going to question everything about our media (including that truism).

The goal: to achieve a heightened awareness of the media surrounding us and to channel that awareness into insightful, engaging, and well-reported criticism.

You’ll hone your skills of observation and inquiry to analyze the social, psychological, and political effects of media in their various forms, from advertising and design to language, cable news, satire, and the omnipresent screen itself.

What stereotypes, clichés, fictions, flatteries, double standards, and false equivalencies do various media propagate, wittingly or otherwise? What roles do fact and fantasy play in our media, including in our own writing? How do different news outlets treat--and spin--the same story, and how does that shape public opinion and eventually history?

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Advanced Reporting - TV Magazine

Wed 12:00pm-3:40pm

Marcia Rock

Advanced Reporting - TV Magazine

Instructor: Marcia Rock

Course ID: JOUR-UA 301.006

Days: Wed 12:00pm-3:40pm

Room: 20 Cooper, room 750

» Syllabus (PDF)

Prerequisites: 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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Restricted to Broadcast Students Only

This class is designed to provide you with the necessary tools to research, shoot and edit your own long-form broadcast news segment. During the semester you will study the best of long-form broadcast journalism and set out to create your own. You will learn the challenges of producing quality broadcast journalism, which will include understanding media ethics and the importance of good writing. Each student will research and pitch their own original story idea and by the end of the semester will produce an approximately 10-minute long broadcast segment on their chosen topic. In addition time in class devoted to developing your final project, during the semester you will meet and learn from award-winning long-form broadcast news producers, who will come to class to screen and discuss their work.

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Advanced Reporting: Advanced TV Reporting

Th 2:00m-5:40m

Marlene Sanders

Advanced Reporting: Advanced TV Reporting

Instructor: Marlene Sanders

Course ID: JOUR-UA 301.007

Days: Th 2:00m-5:40m

Room: 20 Cooper Square, room 750

» Syllabus (PDF)

Prerequisites: 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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Honors Seminar: Broadcast, Multimedia & Print Convergence

W 10:30am - 1:00pm

Jason Samuels

Honors Seminar: Broadcast, Multimedia & Print Convergence

Instructor: Jason Samuels

Course ID: JOUR-UA 352.001

Days: W 10:30am - 1:00pm

Room: 20 Cooper, 652

» Syllabus (PDF)

SENIORS ONLY

Prerequisites: Foundations, Inquiry, The Beat

Honors is a year-long research, writing and reporting course for seniors in which students choose and develop a senior thesis subject of their own choosing in the first semester and complete the project in the second. Students take Honors Advanced Reporting, followed by Honors Senior Seminar. Honors students must have a 3.65 average.

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Honors Seminar: Print Long Form Bias

Tues 3:30pm- 6:00pm

Brooke Kroeger

Honors Seminar: Print Long Form Bias

Instructor: Brooke Kroeger

Course ID: JOUR-UA 352.002

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

Room: 20 Cooper, 657

» Syllabus (PDF)

SENIORS ONLY

Prerequisites: Foundations, Inquiry, The Beat

Honors is a year-long research, writing and reporting course for seniors in which students choose and develop a senior thesis subject of their own choosing in the first semester and complete the project in the second. Students take Honors Advanced Reporting, followed by Honors Senior Seminar. Honors students must have a 3.65 average.

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History of the Media

Wed 2:0pm-4:30pm

Mitchell Stephens

History of the Media

Instructor: Mitchell Stephens

Course ID: JOUR-UA 610.001

Days: Wed 2:0pm-4:30pm

Room: 20 Cooper, room 654

» Syllabus (PDF)

An attempt to better understand the communications revolution we are undergoing through an investigation of the nature and consequences of previous communications revolutions. Using readings ranging from Plato to Sontag to Kundera, the course will look closely at the history of spoken language, images, writing, printing, photography, radio and television. How were they understood? How were they initially used or misused? What were their effects upon social patterns, politics and thought? What can that tell us about the potential and potential influence of digital communication?

 

*Priority given to Media Criticism Students. A permission code is required to register, contact the department at 212-998-7994 or undergraduate.journalism@nyu.edu.

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Journalistic Inquiry

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

Phil Rosenbaum

Journalistic Inquiry

Instructor: Phil Rosenbaum

Course ID: JOUR-UA 101.001

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

Room: 20 Cooper, room 655

» Syllabus (PDF)

JOURNALISTIC INQUIRY

Prerequisites: JOUR-UA 501 Investigating Journalism

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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Methods and Practice: Point of View

Fri 12:20pm4:00pm

James McBride

Methods and Practice: Point of View

Instructor: James McBride

Course ID: JOUR-UA 202, section 001

Days: Fri 12:20pm4:00pm

Room: 20 Cooper Square,7th Floor Library (rm. 700)

» 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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Methods and Practice: The Personal Essay

W 12:00-3:00pm

Carol Sternhell

Methods and Practice: The Personal Essay

Instructor: Carol Sternhell

Course ID: JOUR-UA 202.002

Days: W 12:00-3:00pm

Room: 20 Cooper, room 653

» Syllabus (PDF)

Do you have something to say? A story to tell? An original voice? This course will nurture that voice, help shape the stories, sharpen your skills. The personal essay is a popular form of nonfiction writing, cherished by both writers and readers, but crafting a successful essay is a difficult skill. How can we be self-revealing without being self-indulgent? How can we make our own experiences powerful for others? In this course students will read some of the best essays around, from Langston Hughes to Joan Didion to Oliver Sacks to Marjorie Williams, and write their own, taking each one through several drafts. The heart of the course will be close reading and editing of students' work.

This course is open to college and pre-college studens.

 

 

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Journalism Seminar: The Journalism of Empathy

T 11:00am - 1:30pm

Ted Conover

Journalism Seminar: The Journalism of Empathy

Instructor: Ted Conover

Course ID: JOUR-UA 401.001

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

Room: 20 Cooper, 7th floor library (rm. 700)

» Syllabus (PDF)

Empathy in narrative has roots in some of the earliest written stories—what is a literary character, after all, if not an imagining of the the world through someone else’s eyes? But empathy is not exclusively the tool of novelists and playwrights. In our time, journalists such as Alex Kotlowitz, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, Anne Fadiman, Jon Krakauer, Susan Orlean, Sebastian Junger, and Katherine Boo (and earlier, John Hersey and others) have used a fiercely empathetic approach to create powerful nonfiction narratives, sometimes with social justice concerns. This course will survey the history and recent practice of empathetic nonfiction, using seminal readings as models for your own writing and reporting. In other words, it's a reading course and an article-writing course: Assignments will require original reporting and offer a chance to experiment with elements of narrative writing such as setting scenes, developing character, dialog, conflict, and, when appropriate, the first person voice.

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Journalism Seminar: Reporting Sexual Politics

Mon 10:00a,-12:30pm

Katie Roiphe

Journalism Seminar: Reporting Sexual Politics

Instructor: Katie Roiphe

Course ID: JOUR-UA 401.001

Days: Mon 10:00a,-12:30pm

Room: 20 Cooper, room 652

This course will explore writing about sexual politics from the age of suffragettes to current debates over modern relationships. How have writers tackled the intimate and explosive topic of relations between the sexes over the last century? We will focus on how people have written on both sides of the delicate and controversial issues surrounding what H. G. Wells called "the general problem of men and women." Writers under discussion will include Rebecca West, Virginia Woolf, Simone de Beauvoir, Norman Mailer, Kate Millett, Betty Friedan, Joan Didion,  Catharine MacKinnon, Hanna Rosin, and Laura Kipnis

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Journalism & Society: Women and the Media

Tues 12:00pm2:30pm

Carol Sternhell

Journalism & Society: Women and the Media

Instructor: Carol Sternhell

Course ID: JOUR-UA 503.001

Days: Tues 12:00pm2:30pm

Room: 20 Cooper Square, room 653

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

Tues 11:00am-1:30pm

Michael Norman

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

Instructor: Michael Norman

Course ID: JOUR-UA 504.001

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

Room: 20 Cooper Square, room 652

» 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 as Literature: Storied New York

W 11:00am-1:30

Suketu Mehta

Journalism as Literature: Storied New York

Instructor: Suketu Mehta

Course ID: JOUR-UA 504.002

Days: W 11:00am-1:30

Room: 20 Cooper, room 659

» Syllabus (PDF)

New York is the most storied city in America; 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 look at them as a car mechanic looks at a car; see how sentences 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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Issues and Ideas - Covering the Middle East

Mon 3:30pm-6:00pm

Mohamad Bazzi

Issues and Ideas - Covering the Middle East

Instructor: Mohamad Bazzi

Course ID: JOUR-UA 505.001

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

Room: 20 Cooper Square, room 653

» Syllabus (PDF)

The Middle East is in the headlines every day. But the coverage is often bewildering, focusing on the latest death toll in Iraq, a terrorist bombing, or an ongoing political crisis. There is little historical or political context in most of this coverage.

This course will provide students with an understanding of contemporary issues in the Middle East (such as the rise of militant Islam; the roots of Sunni-Shia tension; the failure of Arab nationalism; terrorism versus national resistance; the problem of the nation-state) 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.

We will also discuss the challenges of reporting from a region with competing narratives, authoritarian regimes that have little respect for a free press, and places where journalists must work under constant danger. We will have occasional guest speakers who have worked as foreign correspondents or editors managing coverage of the region.

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Internship

TBA

Sylvan Solloway

Internship

Instructor: Sylvan Solloway

Course ID: JOUR-UA 0980

Days: TBA

Room: 20 Cooper

DECLARED JOURNALISM MAJORS ONLY Hours Arranged

Prerequisites: Foundations, Inquiry, The Beat

To enroll:
1) Students must be declared journalism majors who have been offered an internship. The Career Services director must approve the internship. All sophomores must consult the director before applying for a credit internship.
2) No credit will be given for internships in advertising, marketing, public relations or the fashion/accessory closet.
3) Students may take the course for 1, 2, 3 or 4 credits but can earn no more than 4 credits total while attending the institute. Only one internship for credit is allowed per semester.

 

For moew information go to the Career Services section.

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Advanced Individualized Study

TBA

TBA

Advanced Individualized Study

Instructor: TBA

Course ID: JOUR-UA 997

Days: TBA

Room: TBA

To enroll in Advanced Individualized Study, an interested student must find a full-time faculty member to be a sponsor and then must develop and file a syllabus. The syllabus must be approved by the faculty member and the Journalism Director of Undergraduate Graduate Studies (DUGS). It must list, in week by week fashion, all readings and all writing assignments that the student will undertake for the Advanced Individualized Study. Once approved, this syllabus constitutes your "contract" on the project and the student's work will be judged and graded with that in mind.

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Journalistic Inquiry

M/W 9:00a-10:50a

Phil Rosenbaum

Journalistic Inquiry

Instructor: Phil Rosenbaum

Course ID: JOUR-UA 101.001

Days: M/W 9:00a-10:50a

Room: 20 Cooper, room 659

» Syllabus (PDF)

JOURNALISTIC INQUIRY

Prerequisites: JOUR-UA 501 Investigating Journalism

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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In this skills course, we will explore the world around us and look for stories beneath the surface. This section of Journalistic Inquiry is a fun, eye-opening journey to build a foundation for covering news and features with passion and creativity.

Bring a curious mind to this class as we cover news around the city. To get solid stories, let’s take the news and break it down. Analyze it and find experts and primary sources to bring our stories to life and give them a human dimension with telling quotes, anecdotes and thoughtful yet objective writing.

 

This will be a hands-on course aimed at making you confident multi-platform journalists, ready to take on assignments for print, TV and the Internet.  Along the way, you will meet and interview newsmakers and characters from the worlds of business, fashion, media and more in the classroom and field.

You will prepare for assignments and group interviews in advance. Stay on top of your email – I will act as an assignment manager, updating us on what’s planned for class and how to get ready.

As we venture where the news takes us, you will get a taste for whether you like this profession and are well-suited for it. This class holds a mirror to a working world you will soon enter.

These days, most journalism jobs require you to be well-versed in all media. Consider this class a hearty buffet from which we will get a sampling of spot news and feature reporting for print, radio, TV and the Internet.

Today you are students and you are journalists.  Enjoy the ride.

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Journalism Ethics and First Amendment Law

M 6:20pm-8:50pm

George Freeman

Journalism Ethics and First Amendment Law

Instructor: George Freeman

Course ID: JOUR-UA 502.001

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

Room: Silver 411

» 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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Journalism Ethics and First Amendment Law

W 6:20pm-8:50pm

David A. Kaplan

Journalism Ethics and First Amendment Law

Instructor: David A. Kaplan

Course ID: JOUR-UA 502.002

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

Room: Silver, room 411

» 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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Journalistic Inquiry

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

Rosemary McManus Beirne

Journalistic Inquiry

Instructor: Rosemary McManus Beirne

Course ID: JOUR-UA 101.003

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

Room: 20 Cooper, room 659

» Syllabus (PDF)

JOURNALISTIC INQUIRY

Prerequisites: JOUR-UA 501 Investigating Journalism

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

Tues/Thur 10:00am-11:50am

Cora Daniels

Journalistic Inquiry

Instructor: Cora Daniels

Course ID: JOUR-UA 101.005

Days: Tues/Thur 10:00am-11:50am

Room: 20 Cooper, room 652

» Syllabus (PDF)

JOURNALISTIC INQUIRY

Prerequisites: JOUR-UA 501 Investigating Journalism

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

Tu/Th 11:00am-12:50

Jill Hamburg Coplan

Journalistic Inquiry

Instructor: Jill Hamburg Coplan

Course ID: JOUR-UA 101.006

Days: Tu/Th 11:00am-12:50

Room: 20 Cooper, room 659

» Syllabus (PDF)

JOURNALISTIC INQUIRY

Prerequisites: JOUR-UA 501 Investigating Journalism

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

Tu/Th 9:00am-10:50am

Keith Kloor

Journalistic Inquiry

Instructor: Keith Kloor

Course ID: JOUR-UA 101.008

Days: Tu/Th 9:00am-10:50am

Room: 20 Cooper, room 659

» Syllabus (PDF)

JOURNALISTIC INQUIRY

Prerequisites: JOUR-UA 501 Investigating Journalism

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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Advanced Reporting: Media Criticism

Mon 1:00pm - 4:40pm

Katie Roiphe

Advanced Reporting: Media Criticism

Instructor: Katie Roiphe

Course ID: JOUR-UA 301.005

Days: Mon 1:00pm - 4:40pm

Room: 20 Cooper, room 657

» Syllabus (PDF)

Prerequisites: The Beat

Priority given to Media Criticism Students.

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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You’ve probably heard a variation of this before: We’re no more aware of the media we swim in than a fish is of the water it lives in. In this class, we’re going to question everything about our media (including that truism).

The goal: to achieve a heightened awareness of the media surrounding us and to channel that awareness into insightful, engaging, and well-reported criticism.

You’ll hone your skills of observation and inquiry to analyze the social, psychological, and political effects of media in their various forms, from advertising and design to language, cable news, satire, and the omnipresent screen itself.

What stereotypes, clichés, fictions, flatteries, double standards, and false equivalencies do various media propagate, wittingly or otherwise? What roles do fact and fantasy play in our media, including in our own writing? How do different news outlets treat--and spin--the same story, and how does that shape public opinion and eventually history?

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History of the Media

Wed 2:0pm-4:30pm

Mitchell Stephens

History of the Media

Instructor: Mitchell Stephens

Course ID: JOUR-UA 610.001

Days: Wed 2:0pm-4:30pm

Room: 20 Cooper, room 654

» Syllabus (PDF)

An attempt to better understand the communications revolution we are undergoing through an investigation of the nature and consequences of previous communications revolutions. Using readings ranging from Plato to Sontag to Kundera, the course will look closely at the history of spoken language, images, writing, printing, photography, radio and television. How were they understood? How were they initially used or misused? What were their effects upon social patterns, politics and thought? What can that tell us about the potential and potential influence of digital communication?

 

*Priority given to Media Criticism Students. A permission code is required to register, contact the department at 212-998-7994 or undergraduate.journalism@nyu.edu.

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Journalistic Inquiry

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

Phil Rosenbaum

Journalistic Inquiry

Instructor: Phil Rosenbaum

Course ID: JOUR-UA 101.001

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

Room: 20 Cooper, room 655

» Syllabus (PDF)

JOURNALISTIC INQUIRY

Prerequisites: JOUR-UA 501 Investigating Journalism

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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» Business and Economic Reporting

WRRII - BER

M, 10am-3:50pm

Leslie Wayne

WRRII - BER

Instructor: Leslie Wayne

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1022.001

Days: M, 10am-3:50pm

Room: 654

» Syllabus (PDF)

Writing, Research & Reporting II: BER is designed as a feature writing class that focuses on business, and which builds on skills you acquired in WRRI. Over the course of the semester you’ll study the craft of magazine writing, come up with story ideas, participate in editorial meetings, write multiple drafts of feature stories and a column, read and discuss classic business books and articles and create and update your own business-centric blogs. To keep your deadline news skills fresh, you’ll also at times be assigned hard news business articles in class. In addition, I’ll invite magazine editors from some of the big books to come in and relate their experiences.

Open to BER students only.

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Investigative Reporting

T, 6:20-10pm

Mike McIntire

Investigative Reporting

Instructor: Mike McIntire

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1182.001

Days: T, 6:20-10pm

Room: 655

» 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”?

 

Open to BER students only.

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» Cultural Reporting and Criticism

Reporting Social Worlds

Monday, 10:00am-1:40pm

Amy Waldman

Reporting Social Worlds

Instructor: Amy Waldman

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1182.007

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

Room: Library

» Syllabus (PDF)

The focus of this course will be reporting on the myriad small worlds and social groups—generated by social identities, hangouts, neighborhoods, institutions, occupations, beliefs, interests—that define the texture of contemporary life and increasingly shape the news, especially in a city as culturally rich and various as New York. Writing, reading, and discussion will emphasize constructing a narrative and observing and describing the details essential to depicting social and cultural milieus with accuracy and power. Students will also be expected to pay close attention to the assumptions and thought processes that go into shaping their stories. The best writing on social groups and milieus reflects both assiduous attention to reporting and a strong, individual voice and vision. We all belong to a variety of social worlds, and the better we understand our own relationship to those worlds, the more we will be prepared as journalists to understand other people's.

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Advanced Critical Essay

T, 6-9:40pm

Ben Ratliff

Advanced Critical Essay

Instructor: Ben Ratliff

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1281.001

Days: T, 6-9:40pm

Room: 700

» Syllabus (PDF)

This is an advanced course in the reading and practice of the long-form essay, which means nonfiction-with-a-thesis on a cultural topic that is longer than a brief review and shorter than a big book: essentially, swimming in a lake, as opposed to in a pool or an ocean. It consists of the readings below, class discussions, and the production of one long essay by the end of the semester, for which you will do two drafts.

 We will be reading various kinds of work—a critical reading of a single artist; commentary and New Journalism on cultural-social-political themes; personal essays; lyric essays; polemics.  Among the names below are famous critics, as well as writers known primarily as journalists, novelists, historians or poets.  I have made an effort to include some very recent writing here as well as what’s old and established.  Our focus here is “criticism,” in a broad sense, but through the term we will be looking at how a writer can turn an argument and thesis into a narrative that makes a reader want to keep reading.  We will separate and identify the qualities that make all these pieces sing: thesis, tone, rhythm, rhetorical style, counterintuitive thinking, vocabulary, confidence, authority, evidence, tight or loose focus, trustworthiness, daring.

 

CRC Only

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Advanced Reporting on the Arts

Wednesday, 3:00pm-7:00pm

Dennis Lim

Advanced Reporting on the Arts

Instructor: Dennis Lim

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1281.002

Days: Wednesday, 3:00pm-7:00pm

Room: 657

Focuses on a broad cultural theme, allowing students to pursue a variety of interests. Students read and discuss relevant works of cultural journalism, explore an aspect of the topic in depth, and produce a substantial writing project.

CRC priority.

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» Global and Joint Program Studies

WRRII - GloJo

F, 11:00am-2:40pm

TBA

WRRII - GloJo

Instructor: TBA

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1022.007

Days: F, 11:00am-2:40pm

Room: 655

» Syllabus (PDF)

The staff foreign correspondent, once the elite of the newspaper profession, may be a creature on the verge of extinction. But it means that the opportunities to become a foreign journalist by going freelance are greater than ever. This course will give you the tools you need to get the facts in a foreign country and turn them into compelling stories for a domestic audience.

 

We will cover basics like making contacts, identifying reliable sources, and ensuring personal security; look at how to deal with cultural differences like norms of truth and social roles; study how the relationships between officialdom, business, and the media abroad differ from those in the US; learn how to navigate government bodies, NGOs, and international corporations and organizations; discuss the ethics of reporting abroad and the impacts it can have on you, your subjects and your audience; and explore the different skills needed for political, business, social, and war reporting. We’ll read some of the finest foreign journalism together, and the practical assignments will work on honing the reporting and, above all, the writing that will be essential whether you work for print, television, radio or the web, in a local, national or foreign beat.

 

But wait, you say: isn’t there a little problem here? How can we practice foreign reporting while stuck in New York City? Answer: you’ll report on New York as if you were a correspondent from a foreign country. If that sounds silly, it isn’t. This city is home to Byzantine politics, major industries, vibrant culture, a diverse population, and tough social problems, just like the best foreign assignments. It fascinates the world, and people everywhere know something about it, yet few understand its complexities—again, like the best foreign beats. It overloads you with information to be judged, sifted and made sense of. Reporting on New York for outsiders will serve as superb training for reporting distant places to a home audience.

 

This course will force you to set aside assumptions about what both you and your readers know; make you see New York with fresh eyes and report it from a cross-cultural perspective; and encourage you to flex your writing muscles in a wide range of styles.

 

Open to GloJo students only.

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» Literary Reportage

Portfolio

W, 3:30pm-7:10pm

Suketu Mehta

Portfolio

Instructor: Suketu Mehta

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1182.003

Days: W, 3:30pm-7:10pm

Room: Library

Description to come.

 

Literary Reportage priority. Instructor permission required.

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WRRII - LitRep: Ethnography for Journalists

R, 9:00am-12:40pm

Ted Conover

WRRII - LitRep: Ethnography for Journalists

Instructor: Ted Conover

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1022.008

Days: R, 9:00am-12:40pm

Room: 653

» Syllabus (PDF)

Long-form journalism is often concerned with the story of people's lives over time, and the work of many celebrated journalists has strong ethnographic components, whether pursued consciously or not. Adrian LeBlanc's Random Family is one example. Sebastian Junger's The Perfect Storm and War are two more (and Junger, who majored in anthropology, more than once has cited his debt to the discipline). Leon Dash, William Finnegan, and Alex Kotlowitz are other writers who believe in the payoffs to their journalism of immersive, in-depth research that is essentially ethnographic.

Using that kind of research to do journalism is what this course is about. We'll start with a look at some classic studies and learn how the ethnographic tradition arose. Next will be a short course in ethnographic fieldwork: How is it different from traditional journalistic research, and how does one do it? Finally, students will identify a person (it could be a bodega owner or a skateboarder), or small group of people (it could be a girls' soccer team, a group of Masons, or political activists) whose lives they will study over several weeks and then write about.

 

Literary Reportage priority.

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» Magazine Writing

WRRII - Magazine

W, 3-8:50pm

Caroline Miller

WRRII - Magazine

Instructor: Caroline Miller

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1022.003

Days: W, 3-8:50pm

Room: 655

» Syllabus (PDF)

This course will essentially put you to work as a magazine writer. You will try your hand at a range of magazine pieces: a Q&A, a narrative feature, a service piece, a trend piece, a personal essay, a profile. In each case, we’ll read some examples of the genre, exploring what makes them exciting pieces of writing, and effective for a particular publication, whether print or online. We’ll focus on structure, voice, point of view, the money quote, the kind of detail that effectively invokes character and makes pieces memorable. You’ll pitch ideas before you tackle each piece; we’ll talk about reporting, interviewing and writing strategies before you jump in. Each of the pieces you write will be critiqued (by me and by other students) and you’ll be asked, as you would be by your editor, to revise. We’ll hear from visiting writers and editors who will talk about some of these things (among others): How to get people to say interesting, revealing, surprising, indiscreet things. How to use public sources of information to give pieces teeth. How to work and play well with editors: What editors love (and hate) in a writer, and vice versa. What might a journalism career look like over the next 10 years? How can you prepare for a field in which not only the technology but the business model is up for grabs?

 

Open to Magazine students only.

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WRRII - Magazine

R, 10am-3:50pm

Mary W. Quigley

WRRII - Magazine

Instructor: Mary W. Quigley

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1022.006

Days: R, 10am-3:50pm

Room: 654

» Syllabus (PDF)

WRII is the second half of our year-long writing and reporting class. This semester you will ramp up the basic skills to tackle more challenging writing assignments typical to magazines, both online and print. You will also choose a beat in an area that interests you and learn to develop story ideas, to access experts and research, and to report and write articles ranging from service pieces, to profiles, to personal essays to narratives. You will keep a blog on your research and reporting that will become, by semester’s end, a calling card to demonstrate your depth of knowledge on a particular beat. The blog will include multi-media elements such as slide shows. You will also work on developing your own distinctive voice. The gal of this class is to have students produce –and pitch—magazine articles.

 

Open to Magazine students only.

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WRRII - Magazine

Thursday, 10am-3:50pm

Frank Flaherty

WRRII - Magazine

Instructor: Frank Flaherty

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1022.004

Days: Thursday, 10am-3:50pm

Room: 655

» Syllabus (PDF)

WRII is the second half of our year-long writing and reporting class. This semester you will ramp up the basic skills to tackle more challenging writing assignments typical to magazines, both online and print. You will also choose a beat in an area that interests you and learn to develop story ideas, to access experts and research, and to report and write articles ranging from service pieces, to profiles, to personal essays to narratives. You will keep a blog on your research and reporting that will become, by semester’s end, a calling card to demonstrate your depth of knowledge on a particular beat. The blog will include multi-media elements such as slide shows. You will also work on developing your own distinctive voice. The gal of this class is to have students produce –and pitch—magazine articles.

 

Open to Magazine students only.

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» News and Documentary

Visual Thinking

Tuesday, 6:00pm-10pm

Kirsten Johnson Marcia Rock

Visual Thinking

Instructor: Kirsten Johnson Marcia Rock

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1148.001

Days: Tuesday, 6:00pm-10pm

Room: 750

» Syllabus (PDF)

The class explores the complexity of documentary visualization through cinematography.  It will examine not only how stories get told, but also how we might inspire new ways of telling them visually.  This class will immerse the students in the challenges of different approaches and shooting styles through production exercises and through significant documentary examples.

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TV Reporting II

W, 4-8pm

Jason Samuels

TV Reporting II

Instructor: Jason Samuels

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1172.001

Days: W, 4-8pm

Room: 750

» Syllabus (PDF)

This advanced video journalism class is intended to sharpen your reporting, and production skills.

You will be challenged to research and pitch compelling stories, and then produce short and long-form video segments. These segments will be produced for online and cable distribution.

You will be expected to master traditional news production techniques -and experiment. An emphasis will be placed on developing your proficiency as a one-person production unit in the field, a "digital backpack journalist" able to shoot and edit without assistance.

During the semester we will also spend plenty of time examining the changing form of video journalism on broadcast television, cable television and the web.

 

Open to NewsDoc students only.

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» Reporting New York

WRRII - RTN/RNY

Tuesday, 11:00am-4:50pm

Yvonne Latty

WRRII - RTN/RNY

Instructor: Yvonne Latty

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1022.005

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

Room: 653

In this class, you'll be on the job. You will be a professional journalist who will meet deadlines and make your stories stand out. You will work on the skills you need to succeed in this field, but that only happens with practice. You and your classmates will become colleagues who will work together on stories to become an efficient newsroom. Your goal is to finish this class with the skills, experiences, confidence and swagger that will be key to your success in a business that is changing dramatically. You will file stories on our online site, "Pavement Pieces," which is a showcase to premiere your best work. This is a multimedia class so you will be shooting video, taking photos and creating slideshows on your city beat, in addition to writing lots of stories. You will also have to blog your beat.

 

Open to RTN students only.

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» Science, Health and Environmental Reporting

WRRII - SHERP

Tuesday, 10am-3:15pm

Stephen S. Hall

WRRII - SHERP

Instructor: Stephen S. Hall

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1022.002

Days: Tuesday, 10am-3:15pm

Room: 654

» Syllabus (PDF)

Writing and Reporting Workshop II is an introduction to long-form science journalism. Drawing on the narrative techniques of great fiction, students will produce news features, books (proposals and outlines), reported essays, stand-alone videos and explanatory pieces. In addition to these major assignments, there will be extensive in-class writing and reading exercises, including character sketches, op-eds and close textual analysis. Most classes will also reserve time for an informal "story meeting," where students will pitch story ideas. This will culminate with a formal query letter pitched to a specific media outlet.

 

Open to SHERP students only.

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» Studio 20

WRRII - Studio20

Th, 2-5:40pm

Jason Maloney

WRRII - Studio20

Instructor: Jason Maloney

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1022.009

Days: Th, 2-5:40pm

Room: 652

» Syllabus (PDF)

This Studio 20 version of Writing, Research and Reporting II is specifically geared towards mastering multimedia reporting and production techniques. In 14 weeks, students will develop the skills to expand their reporting abilities into the areas of basic photography, audio production and, most significantly, video production.

 This course is not just an academic exercise. In fact, the class will function at times more like an actual newsroom. We will use New York City as our assignment area and produce real audiovisual content on a regular basis. As students will own their own media, they will have the option to place it on any news site or blog they wish. They will also benefit from having the ability to produce content for the Local East Village, the Hyperlocal news blog that is a joint venture between the New York Times and NYU.

While much of what we will learn in WRRII will be of a technical skills nature, for example practicing how to shoot sequences, learning basic effects in Final Cut Pro, our main priority will be to learn and practice the essential elements of visual storytelling. While the basics can be discussed in our classroom setting, and we will devote a certain amount of our time to watching examples of excellence in visual storytelling, this is a skill that is best learned by doing. So it will be a key component of our field work: focusing on how to best use the visual medium to tell our stories. We will also learn to exercise our judgment as to which media can be used to best tell which stories.

 

At the successful conclusion of the course, students will have learned how to develop, produce, edit and deliver multi-media stories. This includes demonstrated proficiency in:

•           Shooting basic video and acquiring professional audio

•           Editing video and audio; encoding projects for final delivery to a variety of outlets

•           Use of basic video titling, manipulating and editing still photographs for use in video projects or creating

             audio slideshows

•           Introductory audio and video effects 

•           Audio and Video storytelling techniques: how to produce visual narratives.

 

This course represents a rare, exciting and meaningful opportunity for professional growth. These multi-media production abilities are the kinds of skills that will be required to be competitive for many jobs. Students will leave the course with not only new skills and knowledge, but with at least the start of a “clip reel”.

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Studio Two

Monday, 2:00pm-6:15pm

Jay Rosen

Studio Two

Instructor: Jay Rosen

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1182.002

Days: Monday, 2:00pm-6:15pm

Room: 655

In Studio Two, students in the Studio 20 program, and others who request to take the course and receive permission from the instructor, tackle one large project in web development: as a team.  The project chosen will vary from term to term, but it always be an adventure in web journalism, and it will always have a media partner-- typically a news organization or existing journalism site that wants to do something new or collaborate with Studio 20 on an extension of its current editorial presence.

Students participate in all phases of the project: background research, news ecosystem analysis, technology assessment, design and conception, prototyping, editorial work flow, content production, testing, launch, feedback and adjustment, de-bugging, iteration and evaluation.  They collaborate actively and in person with the media partner.  They learn to divide up tasks and coordinate the different parts of the project.  They try to push the envelope and do something effective but also innovative in web journalism that meets the partner's goals, works for the users and adds to the reputation of Studio 20.

Studio Two is a required course for students in the Studio 20 concentration. A limited number of spaces are available for students in other programs and disciplines, especially if they bring skills to the project that the project needs.  Permission of instructor is required.  Contact Professor Jay Rosen if you are interested in being added to the course.  Professor Rosen is particularly seeking students with knowledge of graphic design for the web, all aspects of web production, computer programming, or expertise in the wordpress.com content management system.

 

Open to Studio20 students only.

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» Graduate Electives

Hyperlocal Newsroom

TBA

Daniel Maurer

Hyperlocal Newsroom

Instructor: Daniel Maurer

Course ID: Internship JOUR-GA 1290.005

Days: TBA

Room: TBA

» Syllabus (PDF)

The Hyperlocal Newsroom is a skills-based immersion into the world of hyperlocal journalism. It can be taken as an internship for 1, 2, 3, or 4 credits (counting toward your internship credits) or as an elective for 4 credits (counting as academic credits that need not go toward your internship credits). Either way, you will spend two full days per week producing for The Local East Village, a hyperlocal news blog that is three-tiered experiment in collaborative journalism between The New York Times, the Carter Institute and the members of the East Village community.

This opportunity seeks to break free from the limitations of a traditional classroom setting and reproduce a genuine newsroom in order to better prepare you for a future in fast-moving journalism. Working out of 20 Cooper Square under the active guidance of the site’s editor and on-staff reporter, you’ll run on breaking news, walk the beat, cultivate sources, and find stories to pitch. You will ideally be producing stories for the NYTimes.com site at a rate of one per day, covering a wide variety of topics: culture (art, music, theater, etc.), crime, housing/real estate, education, local politics, quality of life issues, East Village history, etc. In addition to developing quick turnaround skills, you’ll be called upon to manage some of the important aspects of a hyperlocal site, e.g. comment moderation, listings production, aggregation, social media promotion, community engagement, etc.

You'll be compensated for pieces published on the site and your on-site editor will do everything to promote worthy stories to the editor at The Times who oversees The Local, insuring that they get pick-up across other Times sites such as City Room, ArtsBeat, etc. You'll leave with excellent clips, proven reporting chops, and a rich understanding of what it takes to run a hyperlocal site.

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Journalism and Social Media

M, 6:10-9:50pm

Anthony De Rosa

Journalism and Social Media

Instructor: Anthony De Rosa

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1182.005

Days: M, 6:10-9:50pm

Room: 653

» Syllabus (PDF)

 

Social media has changed the news industry. Journalists need to be able to deliver accurate news in real-time in order to maximize their effectiveness. In this course, students will learn how to use social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and Foursquare to successfully find sources and story leads, verify information and debunk rumors, interact with their readers, crowdsource for investigations, and build beats. Students will learn mobile reporting techniques in the field, experiment with real-time storytelling via live blogs, and gain experience with tools such as Ushahidi and Google Fusion Tables to build interactive maps with data pulled from social media platforms. We’ll also explore the ways in which technically-savvy journalists can use these tools to bring their reporting projects to larger audiences and create dynamic new careers as 21st-century reporters and editors.

Open - Offered by RTN/RNY

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The Editor's Vision

M, 2:30-6:10pm

Alexis Gelber

The Editor's Vision

Instructor: Alexis Gelber

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1019.001

Days: M, 2:30-6:10pm

Room: 659

» Syllabus (PDF)

The class will examine how editors imprint their own sensibility on a magazine, woo an audience and develop a unique identity for their publication. Coming up with the right mix of articles is a constant challenge; editors are always trying to re-invent the formula as well as struggling to find interesting ways to package service pieces or celebrity profiles, or come up with catchy covers and headlines to boost newsstand circulation.

New magazines evolve either from one person's passionate idea (Esquire and its founder Arnold Gingrich, Tina Brown and the Daily Beast) or are launched by corporate magazine development departments (Oprah, Real Simple, Lucky). This class will examine the history and evolution of magazines, from the hits and misses (Portfolio, Domino) of recent years to a look back at the past. Weekly classes will focus on different aspects of magazine-making, and leading editors, art directors and photo editors will visit as guest speakers to provide their expert insights.

Magazine Priority

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Radio Reporting

M, 3:30-7:10pm

Farai Chideya

Radio Reporting

Instructor: Farai Chideya

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1171.001

Days: M, 3:30-7:10pm

Room: 750

» Syllabus (PDF)

The first step in producing radio is learning to listen to sound the way we attune ourselves to important conversations: carefully and critically. Both words and “nat sound” – birds chirping; the beep of garbage trucks backing up; gunfire – are necessary to tell complex audio stories.


This class will offer the chance to master short-form radio news production in public radio’s modes, and offer a contextual overview of other radio news forms (commerical newscasts; radio documentaries). The foundation of listening can be applied to production this way:

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Profiles

Tuesday, 6:30pm-10:10pm

David Margolick

Profiles

Instructor: David Margolick

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1231.003

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

Room: 653

» Syllabus (PDF)

What makes a magazine profile grab you from the start and keep you reading for 500 words—or 5,000? How do you get subjects to give you the access you need to show them as they really are? What are the various approaches to crafting a narrative and telling a story that makes the subject come alive? How do you choose which truth to tell—there are always many—about the person you're profiling? The goal of this course is to learn the basic rules of profile writing, from pre- and post-reporting around the subject to creating a level of trust with him or her to formulating a writing plan of action to crafting the final tale. By semester's end you will have written several profiles of different approaches and lengths, from a 500-word person-in-the-news story to a Q&As to a full-fledged richly-textured portrait. We will read and analyze current and classic profiles. focusing especially on the use of scenes, quotes, background information and authorial interjects. Classes will include guest speakers from the print or digital magazine space—editors and writers in sports, music, business, film, politics, culture and TV journalism—who will share stories, lessons and, perhaps, connections and advice for your own forays into professional profile writing.

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The Fiction of Non-Fiction

F, 3:15-6:15pm

TBA

The Fiction of Non-Fiction

Instructor: TBA

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1050.001

Days: F, 3:15-6:15pm

Room: 655

» Syllabus (PDF)

All narrative voices—but especially the voices in true narratives—are themselves fictions. The world of nonfiction writing is divided between those who know this and those who either don't or else deny it—a division that is roughly contiguous with that between writing that's worth reading and writing that's not. Nonfiction texts are fictions in that they deploy the devices of fiction (pacing, modulation of voice, considered sequence of revelation, irony, metaphor, etc.) but even more so in that they are constructs (they're composed, they're in-formed and made up). In this seminar we will revel in the architectonic of good nonfiction writing. We will consider admirable sentences and marvelous paragraphs. We will study foundations and jointure, account for senses of spaciousness and constriction. We will examine and upend the myth of objectivity. We will try to determine what makes one piece of writing true to life while another lies there simply dead. We will read as if writing mattered, and write as if reading did.

LitRep Priority

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Eating New York

Tuesday, 10am-1:40pm

Meryl Gordon

Eating New York

Instructor: Meryl Gordon

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1231.002

Days: Tuesday, 10am-1:40pm

Room: 657

» Syllabus (PDF)

Celebrity chefs and their tv empires, illegal immigrant waiters living an underground existence, an activist city government banning transfats and upgrading school cafeteria food, street vendors fighting for space in front of the Metropolitan Museum, stores advertising low-cal ice cream that in reality packs on the pounds, blocks with dozens of Indian restaurants side-by-side - there are an endless number of great stories to be done about Manhattan's high and low food chain. Combining intensive reading, reporting and writing, this course would use the food world as a laboratory. Students will tackle a wide array of  stories revolving around food, dealing with larger issues such as economics, social class, environmental and health safety issues, government action and pure aesthetics. The goal is to make students comfortable with the subject area, as well as teach them how to find memorable stories in seemingly humdrum situations. Required for this course: a good appetite and a healthy curiosity.

Tentative reading for the class would include Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food, Calvin Trillan's Alice Let's Eat, Ruth Reichl's Comfort Me with Apples, Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential, Danny Meyer's Setting the Table, and Jennifer 8. Lee's Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food.

Magazine Priority

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Literary Journalism

Tuesday, 2:30pm-5:30pm

Robert S. Boynton

Literary Journalism

Instructor: Robert S. Boynton

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1050.003

Days: Tuesday, 2:30pm-5:30pm

Room: Library

A course for ambitious writers who want to learn to read the way professional writers read, explicating the structure and language of well-crafted narratives and learning how to apply those lessons and techniques to their own work. Close readers and careful thinkers are wanted.

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Storytellers

Wednesday, 10:00am-1:40pm

David Samuels

Storytellers

Instructor: David Samuels

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1231.001

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

Room: 700

» Syllabus (PDF)

Great stories are shaped by talented, reckless, funny, arrogant and often misanthropic writers and reporters working at the height of their craft. In this class, we will study how world-shaking historical events and everyday experiences alike can be crafted into original journalistic narratives. We will concentrate on the writer's angle of approach to the subject - his or her ÒvoiceÓ - which is made more or less convincing through his or her control over language and the depth and range of his/her reporting. The first half of each class will consist of close readings of nonfiction narratives on Balkan wars, acid trips, nervous breakdowns, rock and roll concerts, a sarin gas attack in the Tokyo subways, a visit to the Iowa State Fair and assorted other subjects by some of my favorite journalists and novelists including Tom Wolfe, Joan Didion, David Foster Wallace, Denis Johnson, Rebecca West, Ryszard Kapucinski, Haruki Murakami, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Joseph Mitchell. Each class will begin promptly at 12:30 PM and will be divided between an hour and thirty minute discussion of the assigned reading and an hour and fifteen minute discussion of your written work. Latecomers will be greeted with derision. We will break at 2 PM for afternoon snack. We will also enjoy visits from enlivening and informative guests from Harper's, The New Yorker and other high-class venues, who can answer any questions you might have about reporting and editing, and who will help you shape your ideas with an eye towards publishing your own work.

Magazine Priority

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Writing for Wide Readership

Thursday, 5-7pm

Liza Featherstone

Writing for Wide Readership

Instructor: Liza Featherstone

Course ID: JOUR-GA 60.001

Days: Thursday, 5-7pm

Room: Library

» Syllabus (PDF)

Sponsored by The NYU Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Program in Social Entrepreneurship and the NYU Wagner School of Public Service.

Expressly designed for graduate students outside of Journalism and FAS.

How to translate the specialized languages of particular disciplines in order to reach a larger public is at the heart of this course. Too often, specialists find themselves hostage to the arcane tongues of particular disciplines. Yet they possess knowledge that often cries out to be understood by a broader public. The course will concentrate on the structure of good storytelling, the marshaling of evidence, the unfolding of convincing narrative, and the rhetorical style necessary for turning useful work into memorable writing. Good writers are good readers and this course will explore some of the more successful practitioners of public writing and the art of advancing an argument for a general readership, including, among others, Lewis Thomas, George Orwell and Joan Didion.

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The Digital Newsroom

Thursday, 1-9pm

Adrian Mihai Joe Peyronnin

The Digital Newsroom

Instructor: Adrian Mihai Joe Peyronnin

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1182.006

Days: Thursday, 1-9pm

Room: Studio

» Syllabus (PDF)

The weekly schedule will be divided in two sections: 1-6pm and 6-9pm. Students will be assigned to one section each week.

Digital Newsroom is a new course offering that will combine TV Newscast and iBeat Reporting to allow graduate students to develop a comprehensive set of skills that will prepare them for a career in video journalism.  It is a holistic that will expand the scope of the newscast and meet the needs of a wide range of students.  It will also introduce the idea of entrepreneurial journalism for those students with a video emphasis.

The merged classes will function as cross training in a real newsroom environment as opposed to learning each function in isolation.  We believe that this approach will allow students to better experience the energy, collaborative nature and deadline pressure of a daily news operation.  By bringing these two classes together students will be able to develop their reporting and writing skills, achieve fluency with a wide range of newsroom production tools and gain basic understanding of how to produce a newscast and, through a rotation, focus more heavily on field reporting, advanced editing and camera techniques, and live reporting.  The class will also encourage media crossover and experimentation.   For instance, students will be able to use iPhones and other mobile devices in newsgathering and editing.  

Over the semester students will rotate among each typical newsroom position.  These positions include reporter, writer, executive producer, director, anchor, camera and so on.  Students will be given the opportunity to spend more time focusing on a position that interests them most, yet they will be exposed to all the positions.

 NewsDoc/RTN/RNY Priority

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The Personal Essay (Longform Essay)

Friday, 10:00am-1:40pm

Perri Klass

The Personal Essay (Longform Essay)

Instructor: Perri Klass

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1182.008

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

Room: 652

» 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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Entrepreneurial Journalism

Friday, 2:30pm-5:00pm

Adam L. Penenberg

Entrepreneurial Journalism

Instructor: Adam L. Penenberg

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1025.001

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

Room: 652

» Syllabus (PDF)

Journalists who can successfully navigate these turbulent media times must be equal parts journalist and entrepreneur. In this seminar students will learn the basics of journalistic entrepreneurism: brand management, basic web design (mainly user scenarios, information flow and database modeling), the use of social media platforms, how to develop business models, innovate within an existing company, and attract capital. There will be a lot of learning by doing. Students will have a choice to run their own blog-based business (posting, selling ads, marketing their work) or track and profile an existing startup. The semester will culminate with students either drafting their own business plan for a media start-up that they will pitch in class, or completing a 3500-word, publishable business profile. Guests will include well-known journalists, corporate innovation managers, successful media entrepreneurs, and investors.

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Political Cinema

F, 9:30am-1:10pm

Shimon Dotan

Political Cinema

Instructor: Shimon Dotan

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1182.004

Days: F, 9:30am-1:10pm

Room: 653

» Syllabus (PDF)

In contemporary war, "the other" is viewed not only as an enemy to be fought but, often, as one to be eliminated. How do journalists and filmmakers fight against (or, alternately, reinforce) such deadly representations? This class will focus primarily (though not exclusively) on one of the world's most conflict-ridden regions--the Middle East--though it will also explore films from Soviet Russia, Nazi Germany, and the United States. Through journalistic readings and film screenings, we will explore how "the other" is constructed: politically, aesthetically, ethically. This class is designed for anyone interested in contemporary politics and history, especially those of the Mideast; the journalism of conflict and violence, and the ethical questions associated with them; filmmaking; and film criticism.

NewsDoc and CRC priority.

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Non-Fiction Narrative: Learning to Write the Perfect English Sentence

T, 3:30-7:10pm

Michael Norman

Non-Fiction Narrative: Learning to Write the Perfect English Sentence

Instructor: Michael Norman

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1050.002

Days: T, 3:30-7:10pm

Room: 654

» Syllabus (PDF)

"Non-Fiction Narrative"surveys some of the best reportage and non-fiction literature produced in the English language here and abroad across the last 300 years. Its purpose is to familiarize you with the literary currents of the profession. For the most part, the course emphasizes the art and scholarship of reading.

 

LitRep Priority

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Fieldwork in Journalism

One Friday class required.

Sylvan Solloway

Fieldwork in Journalism

Instructor: Sylvan Solloway

Course ID: JOUR-GA 1290.001

Days: One Friday class required.

Room: TBA

» Syllabus (PDF)

More information on the Credit Internship Course can be found here: http://journalism.nyu.edu/career-services/credit-internship-course/

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