Reporting the Nation: In Multimedia students are required to complete 37 credits, over three semesters, including a one-credit, for-credit internship. All students are also required to take three interdisciplinary courses. These may be Institute sponsored courses taught by economists, sociologists or political scientists, or existing courses offered elsewhere in the university. (see below)
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 multi-platform reporting.
- Law or Ethics or a combination of the two
- Interdisciplinary course: American Capitalism (American Studies) or another course on the U.S. economy
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 semeste
- Choose from a list of several journalism elective courses offered in the Institute, which include the Digital Newsroom, social media, photojournalism, magazine writing classes and NPR style radio.
Semester 3 (Fall)
- Investigative Reporting: This is an investigative reporting course in which students would learn in-depth reporting skills and apply them to investigative journalism on stories involving New York concerns. In addition to skills and strategies, it will also require substantial reading and discussion of great investigative stories of the past.
- Choose from a list of several courses that could include broadcast courses, photojournalism, entrepreneurial journalism, writing about culture and entertainment, and magazine writing
The following list is representative of the interdisciplinary courses for students in Reporting the Nation. Actual choices will vary semester by semester, depending on availability:
- 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
The main publishing tool of Reporting New York: In Multimedia and Reporting the Nation: In Multimedia is our award wining site, Pavement Pieces. Our multiplatform work covering the city and the nation lives on this site.
Every year the concentrations travel to an underserved commuity for deadline driven, real world experience. Check out our latest assignment, "The Border Project"
Seventeen students, three professors and five freelance journalists, members of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and experts on covering the latino community, created a comprehensive package on the Arizona/Mexico border. In Fall of 2011 we traveled to Detroit and covered the many serious issues the city faces. The project was called Rebuilding Detroit. In fall of 2012 students traveled to every swing state and others to report on issues on young voters mind.