They will learn how to use timelines, bullet boxes and other forms of journalistic art to illustrate stories. President Obama commuted the federal sentences of 348 people. What are our obligations to the most vulnerable? You’ll write one or two features, depending on length, read each other’s work and learn the fine art of revision. Feature writing is a balancing act between information and narrative; reporting and the writer’s voice; news and what catches your eye. Coursework ranges from intensive study of literary nonfiction and journalistic fiction, with related writing assignments on a weekly basis, to instruction in the techniques of reporting, writing extended narrative and producing a book proposal. Just about every journalist has to cover death, whether a fireman’s funeral, a fatal car crash, a memorial service or a simple obituary of a community leader. Interested students should attend the information session where the application process will be discussed. Using writing exercises and story assignments, students will develop skills in the elements of narrative writing – imagery, theme, characters and dialogue, even with tight word counts. Do you want to be a foreign correspondent? knowing when to vary the length of sentences, when to open quotes and when to close them. in Journalism from Columbia University and has worked for the Associated Press and the New York Daily News. This class is designed to add heft to your writing toolbox. “We tell ourselves stories in order to live,” Joan Didion once wrote. 97.No. They will learn how to anticipate news and how to include a forward spin to breaking-news stories. It’s in the rewriting that the best learning (and best magic) often happens. This goes beyond fresh reporting and analysis and helps students achieve the right kind of voice and perspective for follow up news and feature writing. The course will meet from 3 to 8:30 p.m., with the first small group meeting to discuss their stories from 3 to 4:15 p.m. and the second from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. We’ll work through the steps that lead from idea to final draft; you’ll learn to conceptualize, pitch, and develop a compelling and well-reported story. We will read and study in detail some of the best stylists in nonfiction. The class will be divided into three groups of no more than eight students each so students will receive close attention to their written work as well as meeting as a full group to discuss common readings. The best work also gets published on our class website, linked below, including a class project called New York Sits Down to Dinner, a themed look at the evening meal. We will focus on all kinds of New York City stories, including breaking news, crime and justice, culture and art, New York’s immigrant population, and politics and policy. Our class will also give you background to do better and tougher journalism about business, including essentials like reading balance sheets and income statements, or interviewing executives and employees.The news business is going through a period of fundamental and irrevocable change. Journalism is changing rapidly but the written word remains as important to journalists today as it was a century ago. Each student must enter the class with sufficient material from elsewhere or an idea that can be researched in the New York area. Finally, the class will explore the cross-cultural and cross-theological practices surrounding death. You’ll write at least one story a week and will get detailed guidance and feedback throughout the process.