Summer Sessions | Courses | Journalism and Media Studies

Journalism and Media Studies

In partnership with the Columbia School of Journalism, these dynamic undergraduate level courses focus on both the theory behind and the practice of quality journalism. Course work will include coverage of best reporting practices, including ethics, sourcing, and interview technique, as well as discussion of story structure and audience engagement, differentiated by medium.

Check the Directory of Classes for the most up-to-date course information.

Summer 2021 Session Information

  • SESSION A courses are May 3–June 18, 2021
  • SESSION B courses are June 28–August 16, 2021

 

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WAR REPORTING:THE COVERAGE OF
JOUR3019S001 3 points.

War Reporting: The Coverage of Armed Conflict explores the origins and roles of modern war reporting, examines the challenges journalists face, and discusses journalism's place in the public discourse of armed conflict and political violence, most notably terrorism. Taught by U.S. Marine corps veteran and Pulitzer Prize winning reporter and author, C.J. Chivers, class discussions will be lively and require student engagement. There will be guest lectures and seminars with leading journalists with experience in recent wars, as well discussions with security and legal professionals who assist and guide news organizations in their coverage of war. The examination of risks to journalists on conflict beats will include detailed case studies of real kidnappings and battlefield deaths, and study examples of risk mitigation and best practices in the field. The course is intended for students with a deep interest in war, terrorism and journalism, including both news consumers and aspiring practitioners. It aims to promote skepticism of official narratives and critical thinking about journalism itself.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
JOUR3019S001 001/10584 Summer Subterm A Mo 09:00 AM–12:10 PM
We 09:00 AM–12:10 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Christopher Chivers
3 Closed for Online Registration On-Line Only
Political Reporting: On the Campaign Trail
JOUR3101S001 3 points.

Political journalism--from the campaign trail to the halls of Congress--has played a vital and important role over the last four years. This course will offer an overview and critical examination of political journalism and the interaction of media with the White House, Congress, campaigns and statehouses. It will explore how technology and polarization have changed coverage of politics, as well as ethical considerations, shifting newsroom expectations and the challenges facing journalists as they cover campaigns and American political institutions.

The course is intended for students with a deep interest politics and journalism, including both news consumers and aspiring practitioners. It aims to both provide practical training and promote critical thinking about political journalism itself. The focus will be largely on print journalism, though radio and television work will be briefly explored along with opinion writing. This will be a writing intensive class with a focus on practical skills. Workshopping of written articles will be required and there will be in-class writing and reporting exercises. Students will both examine their own biases and meet with leading practioners of the craft. 

The course is led by New York Times political reporter Lisa Lerer.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
JOUR3101S001 001/10595 Summer Subterm A We 05:30 PM–08:40 PM
Mo 05:30 PM–08:40 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Lisa Lerer
3 Closed for Online Registration On-Line Only
Journalism in an Age of Activism
JOUR3102S001 3 points.

Social and political change can be powered by protest and coordinated acts of civil dissent. In modern American life, it is easier than ever to share information and rally supporters to a cause, but the propulsive force of protest movements happens in the streets. In an age when lies and conspiracy theories can outpace the truth and protesters, counter protesters, and law enforcement all view the press with skepticism, how can journalists verify, interrogate, and report on what is happening while also remaining safe and keeping their sources safe? What does it mean to report on a protest objectively? And should that even be a goal? 

This course offers an overview and critical examination of journalistic coverage of protest and civil dissent over the last sixty years. It explores specific selections of protest reporting in a range of media formats, including photography and video journalism, audio news, investigative longform, and personal essays, as well as considers the ethical considerations, risks, and challenges that journalists navigate as they cover individual protests and protest movements writ large.  

Over the course of the semester, students will learn the fundamentals of modern journalistic practice as well as analyze the origins and purposes of protest reporting. We will examine the challenges the practice of civil dissent journalism faces in the present day and discuss how journalism shapes public discourse around activism, protests, and other forms of political dissent.

The course is intended for students with a deep interest in activism, civil dissent, political unrest, and journalism, including both news consumers and aspiring practitioners of the craft. It aims to promote skepticism of official narratives and improve critical thinking about how protest movements are covered by journalists.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
JOUR3102S001 001/10585 Summer Subterm A Tu 09:00 AM–12:10 PM
Th 09:00 AM–12:10 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Christopher Sanders
3 Closed for Online Registration On-Line Only
Medical and Health Reporting
JOUR3103S001 3 points.

Medical journalism shapes the way people view health and disease. Coverage also influences scientific research and health policy. This course offers students an opportunity to critically analyze the coverage of medical news while also writing their own news pieces and features.

The aim is to learn to convey the true essence of scientific exploration and discovery, which is based on evidence uncertainty, and an analysis of risks.

Medicine is an uncertain science. Health care workers and health policy leaders make decisions based on the most up-to-date information. They must way risks and benefits. The best medical writing does not oversimplify or sensationalize. The best medical writing explains to readers what is known and how decisions have been made.

This course aims to deepen students’ appreciation of the evolution of medical writing by comparing coverage of major medical events during the in 20th century and comparing to current events. For instance, we will examine the coverage of AIDs in comparison to the Covid-19 pandemic. We will examine the way the cocaine and crack epidemics were covered in the 1980s and 1990s compared with the coverage of the opioid crisis today. We will also examine the reporting of mental health.

This is an intensive writing class. Students will be expected to write two news stories, one opinion piece, one patient profile and a long-form analysis. We will read critically for craft. We will glean pointers from writers we admire and mimic their style. We will eschew scientific jargon and clichés.  Students will learn the nuts and bolts of medical news reporting, how to turn a topic into a story, and the process of creating a narrative arc for long-form creative non-fiction. The challenge of writing a solid story about medicine includes an appreciation of the politics, ethics, business and science of the health industry.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
JOUR3103S001 001/12780 Summer Subterm B Tu 12:00 PM–03:10 PM
Th 12:00 PM–03:10 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Randi Epstein
3 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill waitlist)
On-Line Only
Data Master's Project II
JOUR6044J001 5 points.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
JOUR6044J001 001/13387 Full Term Course
Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Andrew Lehren
5 Closed for Online Registration Hybrid
Data Master's Project II
JOUR6044J002 5 points.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
JOUR6044J002 002/13388 Full Term Course
Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Ben Lesser
5 Closed for Online Registration Hybrid
Data Master's Project II
JOUR6044J003 5 points.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
JOUR6044J003 003/13389 Full Term Course
Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Blake Morrison
5 Closed for Online Registration Hybrid
Data Master's Project II
JOUR6044J004 5 points.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
JOUR6044J004 004/13390 Full Term Course
Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
David Sheingold
5 Closed for Online Registration Hybrid
Data Master's Project II
JOUR6044J005 5 points.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
JOUR6044J005 005/13391 Full Term Course
Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Ford Fessenden
5 Closed for Online Registration Hybrid
Data Master's Project II
JOUR6044J006 5 points.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
JOUR6044J006 006/13392 Full Term Course
Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Denise Hassanzade Ajiri
5 Closed for Online Registration Hybrid
Data Master's Project II
JOUR6044J007 5 points.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
JOUR6044J007 007/13393 Full Term Course
Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
John Templon
5 Closed for Online Registration Hybrid
Data Master's Project II
JOUR6044J008 5 points.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
JOUR6044J008 008/13394 Full Term Course
Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Mark Hansen
5 Closed for Online Registration Hybrid
Data Master's Project II
JOUR6044J009 5 points.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
JOUR6044J009 009/13395 Full Term Course
Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Stephen Stirling
5 Closed for Online Registration Hybrid
Data Master's Project II
JOUR6044J010 5 points.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
JOUR6044J010 010/13410 Full Term Course
Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Timothy Nostrand
5 Closed for Online Registration Hybrid
M.A. Thesis II
JOUR6999J010 6 points.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
JOUR6999J010 010/13382 Full Term Course
Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Kai Wright
6 Closed for Online Registration Hybrid
M.A. Thesis II
JOUR6999J011 6 points.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
JOUR6999J011 011/13383 Full Term Course
Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Valeria Fernandez Perrone
6 Closed for Online Registration Hybrid