WEDNESDAYS, JAN. 27 — MAR. 17 | 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 featuring 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.
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 tear gas 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.
Contact: lairdharrison at gmail dot com
Number of sessions: 8
Dates: Wednesdays, January 27; February 3, 10, 17, 24; March 3, 10, 17
Time: 5:00pm – 6:30pm Pacific Time
Course fee: $399 early-bird discount (register by Jan. 20); $459 thereafter