2024 - Summer

Food Writing and Reporting (Session 2)

Course Number: SS2: JOUR-UA 204.003

Day & Time: Tue/Thu 6:00-9:00pm

Location: 20 Cooper Sq.

Instructor: David Tamarkin

Syllabus: Download

Albert Class Number: 2430

There’s no beat like the food beat. What other line of journalism lets you explore culture, economics, history, real estate—and enjoy pasta and cupcakes while doing it? Every newspaper, magazine and website touches on food at least a little bit, because food touches every part of our lives. So all journalists should know how to write about food well.

In this course, students will explore food writing through readings, guest speakers, field trips and, most important, writing assignments. Students will learn to write compelling restaurant reviews; identify and report on a major food trend; and write an essay that uses food as a lens through which to look at a moment in history (or one’s own personal history). Along the way, we’ll touch on the ethics of food writing and learn how to avoid some dreaded food writing clichés.

Editing and revision will be given as much time as writing in this class. By the end of the course, students will have at least three polished pieces—a mix of genres and styles—that can be used for clips.

Notes: Counts as an elective for the journalism major and both journalism minors.