Course Number: JOUR-UA 201, section 7
Day & Time: Wed | 2:00 PM – 5:40 PM
Location: 20 Cooper Square, room 653
Instructor: Becky Diamond
Prerequisites: JOUR-UA 101 Journalistic Inquiry: The Written Word, JOUR-UA 102 Journalistic Inquiry: Multimedia
This course is designed to hone the student journalist’s ability to research and report deeply and to be able to imagine and develop fresh ideas, test them with the strength of his or her reporting and research, and then to present them in story form. Students will be expected to keep weekly beat notes or blogs, exploring what is current in the topic and demonstrating week after week the shoeleather they have worn in pursuit of their subject matter. Out of this work will come four or five stories in narrative, explanatory or investigative style, depending on the instructor and the specific assignment. Syllabi differ by content of the course but all sections emphasize idea development, interview technique, reporting, background research and writing skills across genres. Broadcast sections vary only by medium.
Each student will be expected to maintain a blog with weekly updates on developments related to the assigned beat and their own progress in producing the stories.
Equipment Insurance is required: Purchase equipment insurance for a full year through College Student Insurance (CSI) https://collegestudentinsurance.com/. CSI covers the gear checked out from the Journalism Equipment Room plus personal items such as laptops and cell phones. Our suggested CSI plan costs $155 with a $500 deductible.