Journalism Basics
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Writing
Department: Writing Program
Course Number: NWRW 2601
Course Format: Seminar
Location: Online
Permission Required: No
  • Journalism
  • Non-fiction
  • Creative Writing
Writing a well-structured, high-quality newspaper or magazine story is not easy. Students interested in journalism are challenged to write clear, evocative, and compelling prose with exercises, assignments and deadlines, specific tips, and plenty of encouragement. Students examine contemporary newspaper and magazine writing, including current stories in the New York Times, Newsday, and the Washington Post, as well as a variety of Pulitzer Prize–winning pieces. Magazines and newspapers that depend heavily on freelance contributors are discussed. A portion of each class is devoted to the study of language, with discussions of grammar, style, and usage designed to help students learn to write simple, elegant, and jargon-free prose.
Course Open to: Degree Students