THURSDAYS, JAN. 20th – MARCH 10th | Journalism shapes our understanding of the world, and never in living memory has its importance loomed so large. Sometimes thrilling, always challenging and occasionally dangerous, the profession offers opportunities to uncover truth, call out injustice, and reveal the world’s many delights. In this survey course, we’ll explore what journalists do and why.
Students will practice elements of news writing, reporting, and feature writing, and gain perspectives on multimedia, ethics and law. This introductory online course will provide a first step to people considering journalism as a vocation. It will also serve anyone who wants to improve their general written communication or simply understand the role that journalism plays in contemporary U.S. society.
Students will conduct interviews, practice news and feature writing, and critique each other’s work.
Here’s what previous students have said about this class:
“Laird has a relaxed supportive teaching style which makes the entire learning experience very enjoyable. I highly recommend this introductory class to any who wish to explore the journalism profession. ”
“I feel like with the foundation the class gave me, I am fully equipped to brainstorm, research, and write a journalistic piece of work. I would definitely recommend this class to anyone trying to break into the freelance world or to anyone wondering if journalism is the right path for them.”
“Within three weeks of this class, I received a writing assignment for a newspaper. I’m looking forward to taking more classes with Laird.”
Asynchronous learning materials for this class will be available online (via the Wet Ink platform). Scheduled class sessions will take place via Zoom. Registered students, please contact the instructor directly for Zoom details.
Laird Harrison‘s career has spanned three continents and just about every genre of writing. He has endured teargas for Reuters, traced the footsteps of a murderer for Time, covered medical breakthroughs for Discover and documented soccer cheers for KQED. Always on the lookout for alternative paradigms, he described efforts to revive an indigenous California language for a Smithsonian video and investigated polyamory for Salon. He has taught writing at San Francisco State University, UC Berkeley Extension, and Mediabistro.
Number of sessions: 8
Date: Thursdays, January 20, 27; February 3, 10, 17, 24; March 3, 10
Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm Pacific Time
Wet Ink modules available: Thursday, January 20th, 5:30pm Pacific Time
Course fee: $489