Reading for Writers: Journalism
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Division: Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Department: Literary Studies
Course Number: LLST 3028
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: Yes
From the blogosphere to the nation’s newsrooms, many writers today are increasingly using “advocacy journalism,” a mix of reportorial objectivity, critical thought, and personal experience, to illuminate important social, political, and cultural issues. The course will examine readings of the craft’s exemplary practitioners, past and present -- muckrakers like Lincoln Steffens and Ida B. Wells; writers on conflict and war such as Jonathan Schell and Robert Jay Lifton; and social critics Jessica Mitford, Naomi Klein, Glenn Greenwald, and Salon’s Joan Walsh and Heather “Digby” Parton. Students will consider the work of writers who blend fiction, memoir, and journalism (Tom Wolfe, Norman Mailer, Zora Neale Hurston), try their own hand at essays, op-eds and advocacy pieces, and emerge as discerning readers of this challenging journalistic form.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions
Open to Undergraduate students.