Please note: The classes listed here represent recent offerings at the Journalism School. These include M.S., M.S. in Data Journalism and M.A. courses. Choices vary each semester depending on faculty availability and other considerations. Classes described now may change or be dropped to make room for new additions. We cannot promise that students will gain a seat in any specific class.
This course will provide students with two distinct yet complementary areas of training that will give them the skills and habits of mind they need to tell stories about education and other complex topics in engaging and creative ways. The two core elements of the course are:
- Covering Education. Education provides a rich landscape for students to report on a wide range of interwoven subjects, from politics and pedagogy, to culture, juvenile justice, social inequality, and the art and science of learning. Students will have the opportunity to embed for the semester in a New York City public high school, middle school or elementary school, cultivating sources, knowledge, and story ideas. In seminar, we will discuss tools specific to the beat, including the art and ethics of interviewing children, in the context of public school history and key issues rocking the world of education today. Students will develop a familiarity with the important components of education stories and with their recurring themes and pitfalls. They will do so in both print stories and in video and multimedia productions. It is expected that the print stories will be the first iteration of the story—or stories—that students will ultimately tell in video and multimedia form.
- Video Storytelling & Production. Students will learn both short- and longer-format video storytelling techniques. There is a strong emphasis on best practices in field production and post production. Students are encouraged to apply these techniques creatively in producing compelling works of video journalism. The video workshop component is part field training, part theory and discussion, and part production. Students will produce one long video story or two shorter ones. Students will leave the course comfortable producing short-form and longer-format video pieces suitable for multi-platform and multi-device distribution. Video journalism, like the rest of the journalism world, is rapidly and constantly changing. In response, this workshop will take a look at various technologies, styles, and forms used in video storytelling. A large portion of class time will be spent with instructors working on shooting fundamentals and working towards advanced videography and storytelling techniques. Students will be critiqued on their production skills as well as their reporting and storytelling. Significant classroom time will be spent on advanced editing techniques.