Writing and Reporting for the Web
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Writing
Department: Writing Program
Course Number: NWRW 3691
Course Format: Seminar
Permission Required: No
Print media is on the decline and may well be on the way out, but readers continue to flock to the Internet to get their fill of media. What does this mean for aspiring journalists and authors? How can they prepare for the brave new world of Web reporting, blogging, and multimedia journalism and still be true to their dreams of creating great nonfiction writing? The simple truths of communicating are the same in any medium. Students practice narrative style, interviewing techniques, and anecdotal reporting. Regular exercises help them discover the Internet as a vehicle for sharing prose in powerful new ways. Topics include blogs, user-generated journalism, rich media, and the changing face of newspapers and magazines online. Students work in groups throughout the term, editing one another's work and analyzing assigned readings from some of the best online sources around. All students are expected to complete one major piece of online writing by the end of the course.