Master Class in Narrative Journalism: Turning Facts into Stories
JOURN X 490
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Learn to identify and develop story-worthy characters; optimize reporter-subject relationships; recognize and humanize complicated topics and themes; employ structure and pacing; and write clearly, using one’s own voice.
What you can learn.
- Deconstruct great works of narrative journalism and acquire the right tools and understanding of the form to write riveting, character-driven articles
- Spend nine weeks reporting, writing, and revising just two articles, with the goal of making at least one of them ready for publication
About this course:
Call it what you like--narrative journalism, literary journalism, New Journalism--it all means the same thing: riveting, character-driven articles about the issues, pitfalls, and victories that affect individuals, groups, and sometimes the world. That can mean entering the mind of a serial killer or finding out what happens when you cast Lindsay Lohan in a movie--and you can write about any of these once you acquire the right tools and understanding of the form. Because powerful narrative journalism requires multiple revisions, you spend nine weeks reporting, writing, and revising just two articles, with the goal of making at least one of them ready for publication in a newspaper, magazine, journal, or website. Along the way, you deconstruct great works of narrative journalism, learn how to identify and develop story-worthy characters, optimize reporter-subject relationships, develop characters, recognize and humanize complicated topics and themes, employ structure and pacing, and write clearly using one's own voice.
It is advisable that you complete the following (or equivalent) since they are prerequisites for Master Class in Narrative Journalism: Turning Facts into Stories.
Proficiency in college-level writing. X 432 Reporting and Writing I or equivalent experience and consent of the instructor is strongly recommended.