2016 - Spring
Course Number: JOUR-GA 1182.011
Day & Time: Tuesday, 3:30pm-6:00pm
Instructor: Mohamad Bazzi
This course examines the news analysis form. We will look at how research and reporting can be presented with some authority to write short-form analytical articles based on significant news events: op-eds, news analysis, book reviews, explanatory, and historical context pieces. This is not primarily a class in opinion writing or polemics. You will learn to write clearly and concisely, and to produce analytical stories on deadline. You will aspire to bring the context and depth of an area specialist, and turn that knowledge into convincing argument and memorable writing. 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. You will write a range of pieces, from 700-word op-eds to explanatory or context essays of roughly 1,500 words. While you can write on local and national subjects, we will focus heavily on international affairs.