Classes

Please note: The classes listed here represent recent offerings at the Journalism School. These include M.S. and M.S. in Data Journalism courses, except for those that are specifically designated as 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.

Audio I

This course teaches fundamental and advanced techniques of field reporting and writing in audio or radio media. Emphasis is on writing clearly and conversationally, with integration of recorded voices and natural sound. Students will pitch, report, write and produce compelling, public radio style pieces, including newscasts, news stories, features and interviews. They will be trained in state-of-the-industry recording equipment and editing software. Students will receive detailed, one-on-one editing and will publish their work in on-demand digital audio formats. Writing and technical skills of this course are intended to serve students well in any medium.

This class (or Audio II for students with prior experience) is a prerequisite for those interested in pitching a full audio master’s project.

Multiple instructors teach sections of this class.

City Newsroom

The students in City Newsroom will cover all of New York City. They’ll operate, manage, edit and contribute to a live news site: NYCityLens.com. The course is set up to give students hands-on experience running a news site and to hone their skills in reporting and producing ambitious stories in all formats. Students will cover breaking news, develop features, dig into deeper stories and shoot and edit videos. Its goal: to let students cover stories in the medium best suited to tell a particular story. We will focus on five areas: breaking news, crime and justice, culture and art, New York’s immigrant population and politics and policy. Students will pitch stories every week to perfect their pitching skills. We expect everyone in the newsroom to produce a specific number of stories: eight print stories, five videos or a to-be-determined combination of both. The instructors are skilled in video storytelling, digital and print. The course runs over two days: Thursday and Friday. Story meetings and screenings of class work are held during the afternoons of those days and attendance is mandatory. If you love covering news, want to improve your storytelling skills in multiple formats and welcome the challenge of reporting on this city in depth, this is the class for you.

Students who wish to do video in this class will be charged a $275 lab fee.

Data Visualization

This course will provide students with hands-on skills in the area of data journalism and information visualization. The class will be project-based, with students working in teams to develop data journalism stories and the accompanying information visualizations. In the process, we will cover a range of data retrieval and analysis tools, as well as current approaches to information visualization from a variety of disciplines. 

International Newsroom

The course begins with an examination of what is news and how the definition of news and the ways in which it is reported can change as you cross geographical and cultural borders. Class discussions and assignments cover global press freedom challenges, trends in international journalism and often reflect emerging news. Guests may include veteran foreign correspondents, practitioners of “the new global journalism,” such as citizen reporting projects or bloggers from countries where mainstream media face severe restrictions. Each student pitches, reports and writes several stories on international topics and, in most years, works on a class-wide reporting project. Projects have included studies of state-funded global TV channels, of western media reporting on chemical weapons use in Syria and of digital technology’s impact on international reporting. For project examples done in past years by International Newsroom, see Global Media Wars, The New Global Journalism and Global Newsroom.

Multi-Platform Design & Storytelling

Readers get their news from multiple platforms and today’s journalists must therefore learn to tell stories for and across these platforms. The industry is seeking qualified mobile editors. This course will focus on design (visual presentation) and storytelling (story structures and genres) for mobile, tablet, web and print. It will also cover issues of technology, advertising and other revenue strategies. Students will gain hands-on experience designing story prototypes for the major platforms, taking into account the unique characteristics of each. Emphasis will be on mobile platforms. The course will also include lectures by the instructor and guest speakers, readings and critical writing assignments on contemporary news organizations’ offerings. The final project will involve a single topic developed through a multimedia story. The course includes a basic Design Bootcamp component.

Multimedia Storytelling

The Multimedia Storytelling Workshop will focus on best practices in longform video storytelling. Students will learn advanced principles in field production, as well as sophisticated post-production techniques using Adobe Premiere CS6. The course will focus on shooting techniques, proper audio recording and strong video storytelling skills. While there will be theoretical discussions and critique of professional work, most class time will be spent in the field to strengthen each student's production capabilities.

Prerequisite: 7-week video module
Students who enroll in this class will be charged a $275 lab fee.

Multimedia Storytelling: Science & Environment

This course will focus on longform video and multimedia storytelling about one of the most exciting and wide-ranging areas of coverage: science and the environment. Students in this course will learn how to report on and think critically about the many facets of this complex beat, which includes disciplines from ecology to public health to international environmental law. Through extensive reading as well as visits with science journalists and researchers studying issues such as climate change and toxicology, students will learn to how to identify and write compelling stories about science and the environment. The stories they write and the issues they explore will, in turn, inform the multimedia stories they produce. Students will learn advanced principles of field production, as well as sophisticated post-production techniques using Adobe Premiere and After Effects. The course will focus on shooting techniques, proper audio recording, strong video storytelling skills; and it will include explorations of some experimental approaches, such as animation and the use of audio sensors. As they develop their print and multimedia stories, students will also learn how to build and engage an audience using Twitter, Instagram and other social platforms. Although there will be theoretical discussions and critiques of professional work, a great deal of class time will be spent in the field in order to strengthen each student's production capabilities. The course will be rigorous and will meet for two full days a week; students will be expected to write five stories and to produce up to two longform video stories. 

 

Prerequisite: seven-week video module

Students who enroll in this class will be charged a $275 lab fee.

 

Video I

In this course, students will learn the basics of video journalism: gathering sound and picture simultaneously; the fundamentals of exposure and composition; the grammar of video, writing to picture, selecting sound bites and the basic concepts of nonlinear editing. By the end of the course students should have a foundational understanding of the basic skills involved in video storytelling and the ability to produce short-form video pieces. This class (or Video II, described below, for students with prior experience) is a prerequisite for those interested in pitching a video hybrid master’s project or registering for any of the following spring classes: Video Storytelling, Nightly News and Multimedia Storytelling.

(Please note that registration for this class is not a guarantee of admission into those spring classes or of faculty approval for a video hybrid project.)

Students who enroll in this class will be charged a $175 lab fee. 

Multiple instructors teach sections of this class.

Video II

Note: Students registering for Video II will be required to demonstrate the ability to shoot video interviews and action scenes; identify and use sound bites; and edit a short story using pictures and sound on either Final Cut Pro VII or Adobe Premiere.

This course is designed to give students who already have a working knowledge of basic video journalism the chance to develop a more sophisticated understanding of and approach to the medium. This includes: the elements necessary for producing compelling stories; lighting and shooting sequences and well-framed interviews; a deeper understanding of the relationship between light and exposure; traits and best practices of professional videographers; practical ethical and legal considerations, and the realities of working on assignment; developing rapport with subjects.  Students will work toward producing more seamlessly edited and polished stories. This class (or Video I) is a prerequisite for students interested in pitching a video hybrid master’s project or registering for any of the following spring classes: Video Storytelling, Nightly News and Multimedia Storytelling.

(Please note: Students in this class are not guaranteed admission into those spring classes, or of faculty approval for a video hybrid master’s project.) Students who enroll in this class will be charged a $175 lab fee.

Multiple instructors teach sections of this class.

Visual Storytelling

This course will focus on issue-driven photojournalism and multimedia in the social documentary tradition with students producing two multimedia stories focusing on a human rights or social justice concern.  Students will see examples of work that made an impact, critique the aesthetic strategies employed and learn about NGO and foundation collaborations. Students will incorporate text, video and audio into their stories, with the final outcome being a website of professional quality that can serve as a portfolio and material for contests and possible grants. Students will learn narrative storytelling, post production, archiving practices and business and pricing standards, including day rates, usage fees and copyright.

Note: There is a $75 equipment fee associated with this class for students planning to use our equipment. Students who bring their own dSLRs and lenses will not be charged this fee.