2019 – Summer: Music! Film! TV! Writing Popular Culture (Session 2)

Course Number: SS2: JOUR-UA 204.004

Day & Time: T/Th 5:30-8:30 pm

Location: 20 Cooper Square

Instructor: Clover Hope

Syllabus: Download

Albert Class Number: 4661

Writing about pop culture is a playground for radical thought, for exciting, often polarizing ideas on race, society, and how the fictional and fact-based entertainment we breathe intersects with real life. From reboots and reality TV to blockbusters and horror movies, from sitcoms and romcoms to the expansive landscape of minority-led Hollywood productions, from the latest Mitski album to Lizzo, there is no shortage of material to write about.

This course will help students sharpen their critical skills and instincts, write within a specific beat, and brainstorm good, pitchable ideas and story angles. Through writing assignments and occasional field reporting, students will brave the (internet) elements and learn to document pop culture, in the form of news blogs, reviews, interviews, criticism, and research. Along they way they’ll start to develop their own voice.