2024 - Summer

Reporting New York Stories (Session 2)

Course Number: SS2: JOUR-UA 204.066

Day & Time: Mon/Wed, 10:00am-1:00pm

Location: 20 Cooper Sq.

Instructor: Lambeth Hochwald

Syllabus: Download

Albert Class Number: 4951

You’re crushing it at your high school news outlet. Now it’s time to take the skills you’ve learned and apply them to a twice-weekly journalism course that gets you out of the classroom and onto the streets. You’ll develop your journalistic voice and explore your passions as a writer as you report on off-the-beaten-path cityscapes.

We’ll tap our OMNY subway fares to explore Jamaica Bay, the diverse neighborhoods along the 7 line and Staten Island for a behind-the-scenes tour of the minor league stadium and lunch made by Brooklyn grandmothers.

When we’re not traversing the five boroughs, we’ll keep polishing our reporting, interviewing and researching skills and meet journalists in the field, including a one-on-one with a front-page editor of the Wall Street Journal. We’ll also tour the Food Network test kitchen and take a behind-the-scenes tour at 30 Rock.

To keep in the Big Apple spirit, we’ll read short New York City-themed works by E.B. White, Colson Whitehead, Adam Gopnik, Joan Didion, Zadie Smith and others and discuss their unique approaches to writing about the city.

Ultimately, you’ll finish the course with an even deeper understanding of how to cover the city that you can take back to your high school newsroom and, throughout the six-week immersion, you’ll create a robust (and professional) Instagram portfolio and post several reported digital news and feature stories on your own website.