2020 - Summer

Journalistic Inquiry: The Written Word (Print/Online track) (Session 1)

Course Number: SS1: JOUR-UA 101.001

Day & Time: Tue/Thu 10:00am - 2:00 pm

Location: Online

Instructor: Julia Dahl

Syllabus: Download

Albert Class Number: 2624

Prerequisite:  Expository writing or the equivalent.

Journalistic Inquiry is reporting 101. In this class you will learn by doing. You will write hard news and feature stories, conduct interviews, find sources, and use data to supplement your reporting—all under the guidance of your professor, who acts as a kind of editor-in-chief for the classroom. We will brainstorm ideas, practice our writing skills, and help each other like colleagues in a newsroom. You’ll learn how to take and use edits, how to find the news in any subject, and how to get to the point with succinct, active prose.

Although the current situation with coronavirus will make it difficult to do some in-person interviews, students will still be able to connect with sources, fellow students, and the professor online and over the phone. We will still do in-class writing exercises, brainstorm sessions, free work time, and lectures. We’ll also have guest speakers, including at least one working journalist and NYU’s journalism librarian.

Notes: Required for the journalism major and both journalism minors.

For non-NYU students, if you are interested in taking this course, please email journalism.summer@nyu.edu about assessing your previous writing experience and whether the prerequisite can be waived.