Writing about Science and Other Specialized Topics: A Journalistic Approach|
This seminar emphasizes journalistic writing and will help students learn to present specialized material in a way that will interest general readers. While science journalism is one focus of the course, students may also explore reportage in other subjects such as technology or education. Students will learn the basics of news reporting and feature writing, including the best ways to develop ideas, efficiently conduct research, organize information, ask effective questions, and craft different types of articles and essays on deadline.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|SECTION 01 In-person only|
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Strunk and White, THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE; BEST AMERICAN SCIENCE AND NATURE WRITING 2013
Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman, NURTURESHOCK
Subscription to NEW YORK TIMES (paper or online edition for the duration of the semester)
Dava Sobel, LONGITUDE
Michael Pollan, BOTANY OF DESIRE
and other material
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Writing assignments: 800-word weekly assignments, including one based on an interview, one based on a scientific study, and one that involves a review of a new technology, and one opinion piece. In addition, students will expand one of these assignments into a longer essay/article.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
WRCT 222 (Rebecca Knight's course): To apply for a place in the course, send an email explaining your academic interests and writing experience. Comment on an issue or topic in the course area that is of particular interest to you.
Send your email to BOTH Professor Anne Greene at firstname.lastname@example.org and Professor Rebecca Knight at email@example.com using the subject line: WRCT 222 Application.
Also submit a POI request via your e-portfolio.
|Instructor(s): Knight,Rebecca Greene,Anne F. Times: .M..... 01:10PM-04:00PM; Location: ZLKA202; |
|Permission of Instructor Required|
Enrollment capacity: 15
|Permission of instructor approval will be granted by the instructor during pre-registration through the Electronic Portfolio. Click "Add to My Courses" and "To request a POI electronically, click here" to submit your request.|
|Drop/Add Enrollment Requests|
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