2021 – Spring
The Beat: Covering Race (Print/Online Track)
Course Number: JOUR-UA 201, section 3
Day & Time: Tue | 11:00 AM – 2:40 PM
Instructor: Pamela Newkirk
Prerequisites: Journalistic Inquiry JOUR-UA 101
Beat reporting lies at the heart of daily journalism. Through assignments mined from the AP Day Schedule, press releases, follow-ups on breaking news and cultivated sources, you will report and write profiles, and news and feature articles on a broad set of racial issues and in the process begin to master the fundamentals of research, reporting, deadline writing and generating story ideas. With matters of racial injustice commanding global attention, you can draw from a wide range of beats, with potential topics including the Black Lives Matter movement, criminal justice reform, anti-Semitism, immigration, and gentrification. This intermediary course builds on the skills acquired in Investigating Journalism and Journalistic Inquiry and prepares you for Advanced Reporting, the capstone course.
Notes: Required for students pursuing the print/online track in the journalism major. Also required for the minor in print and online journalism. Counts as an elective for the minor in broadcast and multimedia journalism.