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Division: Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Department: Lang College
Course Number: LNGC 1515
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: Yes
What better way to learn the city than to venture out of the classroom, into the urban jungle, and write about it? In this seminar, students explore their city environs as they don the guise of young reporters. Working sometimes individually and other times in groups, we learn about and report on various places, events, and cultures around the city. We explore historical, political, and social angles, generating newsworthy stories, as we tackle hot-button issues like gentrification or ethics and accuracy in writing. Students are encouraged to bring a range of interests to class---literary, musical, linguistic---that will broaden our approach to assigned topics. Our readings comprise varied forms of journalism---from long and short form print to blog to photo essays---and in turn, so do the class assignments. Guest speakers may include journalists (newspaper editor, news reporter, photojournalist) and NYC experts, such as an urban planner, who can help deepen our conversations.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions