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Reporting the Nation & New York in Multimedia

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Shaping Agile Reporters for the Future of Journalism

Our reporters cut through the noise and gain the trust of audiences through accurate, responsive multimedia reporting. In the Reporting the Nation and New York program at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, New York City—with all of its energy, history, and resources—is your laboratory. Journalists in our program learn by doing, creating multifaceted pieces in the city, and then they take their skills on the road to report the stories of the nation.

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Produce Multimedia Journalism from Day One

Video, audio, and print. Social media, data visualization, and photography. The Reporting the Nation and New York curriculum is designed to help you build a broad base of skills and prepare you to innovate and evolve ahead of the field. It also breaks down the walls of your discomfort, getting you out into the city and nation to produce clips from the very beginning, until conducting interviews with strangers becomes second nature. And national reporting is a crucial piece of the experience: previous cohorts have traveled to Puerto Rico to cover the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, New Hampshire to cover its primary, and more.

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RTN/RNY student Bessie Liu at work in the TV Studio


Yvonne Latty

Yvonne Latty

Clinical Professor | New York/Nation, Director

Yvonne Latty is the Director of the Reporting New York and Reporting the Nation programs at the Institute. She has produced documentaries, hosted, produced and edited podcasts and worked as an urban newspaper reporter.

Latty is the author of In Conflict: Iraq War Veterans Speak Out on Duty, Loss and the Fight to Stay Alive and the critically acclaimed We Were There: Voices of African American Veterans, from World War II to the War in Iraq. In Conflict was turned into a theater piece that premiered at Temple University in October 2007, received rave reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and was awarded The Fringe First Award. In Conflict played Off-Broadway at the Barrow Street Theater. In Conflict was also at the heart of a Wilton, Conn. high school play that after being banned by the school principal, became an international story and was then performed in several Off- Broadway theaters, including The Public Theater. Both plays were published by Playscripts.

Born and raised in New York City, she earned a BFA in Film/Television and later an MA in Journalism from New York University.

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Mary Quigly

Mary W. Quigley

Clinical Professor

Mary W. Quigley is a journalist who writes about millennials as well as women and work issues. She writes two blogs, AARP’s Parenting 2.0 and www.mothering21.com, both which tackle parenting emerging adults and beyond. She contributed a chapter on millennials for Understanding Y (Wiley 2014). Her other books include Going Back to Work: A Survival Guide (St. Martin’s Press, 2004). She is also the co-author of And What Do You Do? When Women Chose to Stay Home. (Wildcat Canyon press, 2000). She has freelanced for numerous magazines and newspapers, ranging from More magazine to Newsday. She teaches research, reporting and writing courses on both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Rachel L. Swarns

Rachel L. Swarns

Associate Professor

Rachel L. Swarns is a journalist and author who covers race and race relations as a contributing writer for The New York Times. Her articles about Georgetown University’s roots in slavery touched off a national conversation about American universities and their ties to this painful period of history.

Ms. Swarns has reported on immigration, the presidential campaigns of 2004 and 2008 and Michelle Obama and her role in the Obama White House.  She has reported from Russia, Cuba, Guatemala and southern Africa, where she served as the Times’ Johannesburg bureau chief. She has also served as a Metro columnist in New York City.

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Eliza Griswold (Photo by Kathy Ryan)

Eliza Griswold

Distinguished Writer in Residence

Eliza Griswold is a contributing writer to the New Yorker and the author of 2019 Pulitzer Prize-winning Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America, a 2018 New York Times Notable Book and a New York Times Critics’ Pick, and The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam, which won the 2011 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize. Her translations of Afghan women’s folk poems, I Am the Beggar of the World, was awarded the 2015 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation, and her original poetry won the 2010 Rome Prize from the American Academy of Art and Letters in Rome. She has held fellowships from the New America Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, Harvard University and the Harvard Divinity School. Her second book of poems, If Men, Then, will be published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux, in 2020. Griswold is a contributing writer at the New Yorker and a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.

(Photo by Kathy Ryan)

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Graduate with a Portfolio and the Skills for Success

Our journalism students contribute to Pavement Pieces throughout their time in the program, graduating with an impressive array of clips and an ideal spread of skills they honed along the way. Our curriculum also requires you to complete at least one—and up to three—internships, which means you will finish the program with on-the-job experience in addition to your portfolio. For these reasons, Reporting the Nation and New York journalism students are in demand in the industry. Recent graduates have landed full-time jobs at NBC News, Vice Media, the New York Daily News, and more.

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Recent Published Work

In addition to Pavement Pieces and our special reports and travel pieces, our students, faculty, and alumni are frequent contributors to podcasts, magazines and news outlets. Check out our latest pieces to learn more about how we report.


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