Reporting from the Inside: Journalism, Activism, and Intimacy (FYS)|
Fall 2020 not offered
What is the role of the reporter in today's divided and divisive America? While one approach has been to dip into the lives of others, get the story, and get out, this class will focus on pursuing the deeply human stories that matter most to you, guided by your own experience so that you can intimately connect with your subjects, your world, and yourself. From Black Lives Matter to the #MeToo movement to LGBTQ and Trans Rights, we are seeing writers and activists reporting events in real time, as they happen to and around them, celebrating the journalist as participant. This is hardly a new phenomenon. Many major historical moments--the Great Depression, the fight for Civil Rights and Women's Rights, the AIDS crisis--have had reporters on the inside, covering their own communities. In this First Year Seminar, students will immerse themselves in this kind of "intimate reporting" and its historical contexts, and also create a newsroom of their own design: learning the fundamentals of journalism through story idea meetings, research, and interview strategies; editing and fact-checking techniques; social media engagement; and pitching their work. Students will leave the class with a portfolio of writing that explores, from their own points of view, issues of gender, class, race, and sexuality.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
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Readings: Ida B. Wells, Jacob Riis, John Reed, Dorothea Lange, Viktor Frankl, Betty Friedan, Randy Shilts, Maziar Bahari, Mona Eltahawy, Alison Bechdel, Hilton Als, Gideon Mendel, Janet Malcolm, Vivian Gornick, Marjane Satrapi, Judith Helfand, David Carr, Paul Kalanithi, Michael Moore, and Barbara Ehrenreich
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Exercises and assignments: In-class engagement and participation, weekly writing and reporting assignments, final writing portfolio. This is a writing intensive course.
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