Curriculum

Here is what your time with us would look like

You are required to complete 37 credits, over three semesters, including a one-credit, for-credit internship. All students are also required to take up to three interdisciplinary courses offered elsewhere in the university.

 

Typical full-time course of study

Semester 1 (Fall)

  • Writing, Research and Reporting I – The National Beat: Covering national issues in New York. Students travel to West Point to participate in embedded journalism exercises with cadets, cover local and national stories in NYC and learn the fundamentals of multimedia  reporting.
  • Law or Ethics or a combination of the two
  • Interdisciplinary course

Semester 2 (Spring)

  • Writing, Research and Reporting II – Beat Reporting.  Students will pick a beat and write and produce multimedia during the course of the semester.
  • Choose from a list of several journalism elective courses offered in the Institute, which include the Digital Newsroom, photojournalism, magazine writing classes and NPR style radio.

Semester 3 (Fall)

  • Investigative Reporting: This is an investigative reporting course in which students learn in-depth reporting skills. This is our capstone course and required. You will produce some of your best work in this intense course.
  • Choose from a list of journalism electives that could include advance multimedia, photojournalism, entrepreneurial journalism, data journalism, writing about culture and entertainment, and magazine writing.

 

Interdisciplinary Courses

Here are some of the classes students have taken

  • International Human Rights
  • Human Rights in Latin America
  • Race, Ethnicity, Class and Gender in American Cities
  • Documenting Reality
  • Public Policy and Planning
  • Gender and Sexuality in Latin America
  • Transforming the Urban Economy
  • Urban Poverty
  • The City and Gender Politics
  • The Poetics of Witnessing
  • Sustainable Cities
  • Urban Economic Development: Theory and Practice
  • American Capitalism
  • Race and Place: Local, Regional, National, and Transnational Explorations
  • American Social History Since 1870
  • Urban Blacks in 20th Century America
 

Award Winning Stories

"Forced Marriage"
A four part investigative series featured on Al Jazeera by Alyana Alfaro, Sarah Fournier, and Mary Zarikos - 2013

The Sidney Gross Memorial Prize in Journalism for Best Investigative or Enterprise Piece
Read on Al Jazeera

 

"Transition Leads to Joy" by Sarah Fournier
National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association
Read on Pavement Pieces

 

"The Forgotten Navajo: People in Need" by Katy Bolger
Sidney Award
Hillman Foundation

Read on Pavement Pieces