2019 – Summer: Film Journalism (2-credit) (Session 1)

Day & Time: T - 4:00-8:00 pm

Location: 20 Cooper Square

Course ID: SS1: JOUR-UA 25.001

Instructor: Craigh Barboza

Syllabus: Download

Albert Course Number: 4646

Note: Students pursuing the journalism major or a journalism minor cannot count this course toward one of their required electives. Electives for the major or minors must be at least 4 units.

This intensive, once-a-week course is designed for students with a serious interest in writing about movies for print and digital media. Students practice various forms of film journalism while developing a critical understanding of the art form through screenings and close readings of works by Brooks Barnes, Stephanie Zacharek, Roger Ebert, Ellen Willis, Pauline Kael, Molly Haskell, Francois Truffaut and Wesley Morris. Planned class trips include a major festival and a tour of Film at Lincoln Center, home to Film Comment magazine and the New York Film Festival. In addition to discussing individual films and film movements, we will cover the essential skills of journalism, with guest speakers offering guidance on specific topics like reporting and interviewing techniques. Classwork will include writing exercises, presentations and workshops. By the end of the course, students will have raised their cinema I.Q. and completed several publishable articles.