Journalism Basics for the Digital Era
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: MFA Creative Writing Program
Department: Writing Program
Course Number: NWRW 2601
Course Format: Seminar
Location: Online
Permission Required: No
  • Journalism
  • Non-fiction
  • Creative Writing
Writing a well-structured, accurate, news or feature story that resonates in today’s multiplatform landscape is a critical skill for today’s journalists. Students interested in the craft of journalism are challenged to write clear, interesting stories on deadline and suitable for a variety of media including newspapers, websites, magazines and some forms of social media. With plenty of encouragement, insider tips and more, students learn how develop news and feature story ideas, how to write reviews and columns, how to structure a story from start to finish, how to find sources, how to conduct interviews, and how to produce marketable pieces. Students are also be introduced to the fundamental skills of being a journalist beyond writing, such as research, tone, fact-checking, pitching outlets to sell their work and ethics. On a regular basis, a selection of contemporary journalism from newspapers, magazines and online journalism outlets are examined and critiqued. There are weekly writing assignments of varied lengths on topics chosen by the students and a basic, multimedia project to end the semester.
Course Open to: Degree Students