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January Academy 2013
CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
Welcome to the January Academy 2013 web page. Please note that this series of enrichment workshops, which will run from Jan. 3-24, 2013, is open to CUNY J-School current students, alumni, select CUNY undergraduates (juniors and seniors only,) applicants, and CUNY J-Camp registrants only.
Registration for current students begins Nov. 19, 2012. The costs for the program have been factored into the School’s regular student fees so current students pay nothing extra to sign up.
Alumni can start signing up on Dec. 3, 2012 and must pay a fee of $25 per class for up to three classes. Any classes beyond that are free.
Certain courses will open up to CUNY J-Camp registrants on Dec. 10, 2012 at cunyjcamp.com.
Applicants and CUNY undergraduates must register through the CUNY J-School Office of Admissions. The fee for CUNY undergrads is $25 per course. Please contact Admissions Director Stephen Dougherty at 646-758-7731, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Associate Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management Colleen Marshall at 646-758-7852, email@example.com.
Please note that current students may sign up for a maximum of 5 courses each initially. At the end of the registration period, students may exceed that limit if there is space left in any course. Also, we reserve the right to cancel any course that does not have a minimum of 8-10 registrants. Courses that don’t have specified caps on the number of students are limited only by the number of seats in the room.
Thursday, Jan. 3, 10-11 a.m. for the orientation meeting
News Service Internship – Jere Hester – Newsroom
Pick up some clips in January, working with NYCity News Service Director Jere Hester. Interns will be require to attend a weekly news meeting as well as turn out at least one story a week (at least four pieces). You can bring in stories from the last semester that you’d like to further develop and/or pitch new pieces. Stories can be in any media; one of the things we’ll be working on is how to best package/present pieces. While there will be only one meeting a week, the day and time of which may vary depending on people’s schedules, reporters will be expected to keep in frequent contact with Hester on progress and contribute daily to an ideas wiki.
Thursday, Jan. 3, 10-11 a.m. for the orientation meeting
The Mott Haven Herald and Hunts Point Express: Hyperlocal News Internship – Joe Hirsch – Newsroom
In this class you will learn the basics of hyperlocal reporting by working for two monthly newspapers that cover the South Bronx, The Mott Haven Herald and The Hunts Point Express. Both are established news sources, each offering a monthly print publication and a regularly-updated website, covering issues from politics to the arts, from area history to current events. We will gather at the J-School or in the neighborhood for editorial meetings and classes covering the basics of hyperlocal reporting, and issues unique to these communities. Between classes, you’ll report and write stories for both papers, and amass clips that appear on our websites. Joe Hirsch, a 2007 graduate of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, has been community editor of the Mott Haven Herald and Hunts Point Express for five years.
Thursday, Jan. 3, 10-11 a.m. for the orientation meeting
The Local: Hyperlocal News Internship – Mitch Trinka – Newsroom
In this class you will learn the basics of hyperlocal blogging by working for The Local: Fort Greene and Clinton Hill. We will gather at the J-School or in Brooklyn for editorial meetings and classes covering blogging tools, social media, and hyperlocal reporting. Between classes, you’ll report and write stories for The Local, and amass clips that appear on The New York Times website. Mitch Trinka, a 2010 graduate of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, was named collaborative editor of The Local in July.
NEW THIS YEAR
Thursday, Jan. 3, 1-4 p.m.
Math for Journalists – Benjamin Lesser – Room 430 (25 students max)
In this class, you’ll learn how to deal with numbers and statistical concepts that often come up while working on a story. You’ll learn a variety of concepts including simple formulas such as determining percent change and how to adjust for inflation. Understanding these concepts will allow you to produce more accurate, meaningful stories. Ben Lesser has more than a dozen years of municipal and investigative reporting experience at newspapers such as the New York Daily News and The Bergen Record. He was also an adjunct at the CUNY J-School who taught investigative reporting and computer-assisted reporting.
Friday, Jan. 4, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Be Your Own Brand – Toddi Gutner – Room 442 (30 students max)
Increasingly, today’s young journalists are following new, much more entrepreneurial career paths than their predecessors did. Instead of getting a job at a single media organization, these “indies” are going out into the world with their backpacks full of multimedia equipment and selling their work to multiple employers. In this workshop given by former BusinessWeek personal finance editor Toddi Gutner, now a successful independent writer and media consultant, students will learn the importance and particulars of building their own brand. The discussion will include advice on marketing yourself using social media and networking, pricing your services, structuring your business, and managing your finances and taxes.
Section 1 (Estrin): Thursday, Jan. 3; Friday, Jan. 4; Friday, Jan. 11, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Section 2 (Smock): Wednesday, Jan. 9; Thursday, Jan. 10; Thursday, Jan. 17, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
News Photography – James Estrin or John Smock – Room 438 (20 students max per section)
This workshop led by veteran New York Times photographer Jim Estrin or veteran photojournalist John Smock will help you improve your photographic skills for use in all media. We will cover the technical and conceptual aspects of basic camera usage, composition, visual vocabulary, photo editing, lighting, and Photoshop. The workshop will concentrate on practical tools and problem solving. We will learn how to handle portraits, news conferences, politics, intimate photo essays, and international conflicts. We will also learn how to photograph while recording audio, shooting video,or reporting for print. An afternoon session will concentrate on producing audio slide shows and cross-platform storytelling. Whether you are a beginner or intermediate photographer, you will learn the tricks of the trade that professional photojournalists use. There will be assignments between Days 2 and 3. Students interested in taking the Photojournalism course in the spring are strongly encouraged to sign up for this workshop.
NEW THIS YEAR
Monday, Jan. 7, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Got Grammar? – Deb Stead – Room 434 (25 students max)
Banish any usage gremlins — or phobias — over the break. Bring questions (about the basics or the finer points). A grammar-for-grownups session, with coffee and doughnuts.
Monday, Tuesday, Jan. 7,8, 1-5 p.m.
Freelancing Workshop – Ellen Walterscheid and Prof. Frederick Kaufman – Room 308
We’ll cover such topics as: generating ideas, understanding the market, getting to the right editor, pitching the story, revising the pitch, understanding the contract, negotiating a good price, working with editors, and polishing the freelance piece. Taught by Prof. Frederick Kaufman, a consortial faculty member at the CUNY J-School and veteran freelancer who has published his essays and articles in Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, Gourmet, Saveur, GQ, New York, Interview, Allure, Spin, Spy, Salon, Vice, Men’s Health, Popular Science, and The New Yorker, among many others; and Ellen Walterscheid (The Sciences, AARP The Magazine, National Geographic World, among others), the J-School’s original career services director. Guests will include a New York literary agent and top magazine editors, who will critique student pitches. Focus is on the magazine/web market.
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Tuesday, Jan. 8, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Smart Photos with Smart Phones – Scott Mlyn – Room 434 (25 students max per session)
Smart phones have created a new realm of photographic possibility for both professional and citizen journalists alike. Images produced with today’s smart phones now have sufficient quality to be published on all media platforms from digital to print. This course will concentrate on making better pictures with your smart phone. We’ll discuss composition, exposure, moment, as well as conceptualizing and developing an approach. We’ll also examine the use of some popular apps – and controversial journalistic issues relating to apps. The classroom session will be followed by a photo walk where students will take pictures the instructor will critique. The workshop will be led by Scott Mlyn, a photo editor, photographer, author, teacher and a director of multimedia projects using still pictures. For many years, he was deputy picture editor of BusinessWeek magazine, and recently he was a picture editor on a daily iPad news publication. He has taught photography at the International Center of Photography and smart phone photography at the Adorama Photography Workshops.
Section 1: Tuesday, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 9, 2:30-5:30 p.m. (Section 2: Jan. 15, 16, 2:30-5:30 p.m.)
Voice Coaching Workshop – Michael Lysak – Room 330 (10 students max per section)
The workshop begins with a classroom lecture on the basics of broadcast announcing using audio samples to demonstrate concepts. Topics covered include diaphragmatic breathing, considering the audience, listener distractions, radio versus TV, reporting versus anchoring, differing styles, pacing, and sounding conversational. Practical exercises are taught and demonstrated. The second part of the workshop involves a hands-on voice coaching session in the radio studio. A professional radio newscast is played and analyzed. Students then read newscast scripts. After receiving immediate feedback and critique, students get the opportunity to try again, implementing the skills they have learned. Michael Lysak oversees operations for Bloomberg Radio’s national network and podcasts. Previously, he has been a news anchor and reporter at WCBS, WOR, WNEW and WRKS (Kiss-FM), all in New York City.
Tuesday, Jan. 8, 5:30-7 p.m. and Jan. 15, 4:30-6 p.m.
Self Defense with Sensei George – Jiri Cermak – Room 308
Join our own Sensei George – aka Jiri Cermak of the Campus Facilities staff – for a self-defense class. Learn how to counter a surprise attack on the street, in the subway, or in a park. The class will include: basic self-defense against wrist, shoulder, or body grabs; self-defense for women; defense against punches or kicks; defense against attack with a gun and knife, and overall street awareness strategy. Wear comfortable clothes and sneakers. Sensei George is a 5th degree Black Belt of Shotokan karate; 2nd degree Black Belt of Jiu-jitsu, and 1st degree Black Belt of Japanese traditional weapons.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Jan. 8, 9, 10, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Sports Writing and New Media – BJ Schecter – Room 434 (15 students max)
This hands-on course will cover reporting, writing, interviewing, and packaging of sports news for the web, tablet and mobile apps, social media, newspapers, and magazines. On Day 2, we will attend a college or high school basketball game, which students will cover in the format of their choice. B.J. Schecter is an executive editor at Sports Illustrated and SI.com, where he has worked for more than 16 years as a reporter, writer, and editor. Among his other duties, Schecter is in charge of college sports and manages SI’s investigative team.
Thursday, Jan. 10, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Covering New York City (The Short Version) – Prof. Sarah Bartlett – Room 308
This three-hour seminar will give a fast-paced overview of the critical details reporters need to know about how New York City works. The session will begin with some brief historical and demographic background, and then introduce students to the city’s political structure, the key economic and business players, and the web of nonprofits and advocacy groups that provide essential social services. Taught by Professor Sarah Bartlett, this session is geared for students who are not in the Urban Reporting program.
NEW THIS YEAR
Thursday, Jan. 10 and Thursday, Jan. 17, 1-4 p.m.
Excel for Journalists – Benjamin Lesser – Room 436 (14 students max)
You’ll learn how to work in a spreadsheet to add context and depth to an existing story or find a new stories to pursue. You’ll learn how to import data in Excel and how to analyze it. Among the concepts you’ll learn include how to sort data, apply formulas, and create a chart. I’ll also provide list of the most useful and easy to access data sets for future reference. Many computer-assisted reporting stories can be done using just Excel. This class will give you the tools necessary to start doing those stories. Ben Lesser has more than a dozen years of municipal and investigative reporting experience at newspapers such as the New York Daily News and The Bergen Record. He was also an adjunct at the CUNY J-School who taught investigative reporting and computer-assisted reporting.
Friday, Jan. 11, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
60 Sites, Tools and Databases for Journalists – Gary Price – Room 430 (25 students max)
Gary Price, co-founder of INFODocket and writer for SearchEngineLand.com, shows us the top sites and tools for journalists, including the latest additions by Google and some real-time monitoring and mobile tools.
NEW THIS YEAR
Friday, Jan. 11, 1-3 p.m.
Using Social Media for Background and Storytelling – Jennifer Preston and Barbara Gray – Room 442 (25 students max)
This workshop is led by Jennifer Preston @JenniferPreston, the first social media editor for The New York Times and currently staff writer on the The Lede Blog, and Barbara Gray @barbgray, CUNY J-School Research Lecturer. Preston will cover the elements and ethics of using user-generated content for breaking news and multimedia narrative storytelling. Gray will discuss how to do research and get background for your stories and find people using the latest social media resources.
NEW THIS YEAR
Saturday, Jan. 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Make the Transition to Final Cut Pro X – Young Cheong – Room 436 (14 students max)
This workshop is geared to people who know Final Cut Pro 7 and want to learn storytelling in the newest version. Rebuilt from the ground up to meet the needs of today’s storytellers, FCP X allows you to focus more on your story rather than dealing with technical issues such as codecs, file formats, and rendering. This workshop will be taught by Young Cheong, the Education Coordinator for New Media and Digital Technology in the Department of Television and Radio at CUNY’s Brooklyn College and an Apple Certified Trainer in FCP X.
NEW THIS YEAR
Monday, Jan. 14, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Move Your Internal Blog to the Real World – Malik Singleton – Room 436 (14 students max)
Do you need help pushing your site to the real world? This session will help you move your CUNY site (or even your WordPress.com site) over to your own web domain. This is a great session for students with portfolios and anyone aiming to improve their personal brand. You’ll learn how to: perform a full WordPress installation; configure and secure your installation; evaluate web hosts; manage files via FTP; understand your database; export and import your content. We will also discuss plugins, permalinks and permissions. Make decisions about disabling comments and making your site mobile friendly. Malik Singleton, a 2012 Entrepreneurial Journalism Fellow at the CUNY J-School, teaches WordPress customization.
Monday, Jan. 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Food Writing Workshop – Rachel Wharton – Room 442 (30 students max)
Writing about food must be as simple as eating it, right? Wrong. Food writing requires more than a fine-tuned palate, a table at the hottest, hot-hot restaurant, or a good recipe for authentic Neapolitan pizza dough. Locavores, the Farm Bill, food safety scares, commodity prices, environmental justice, pop-ups, CSAs, molecular gastronomy, buying clubs and the DIY movement – in this post-Michael Pollan, post-twitter era, food writing is increasingly complex. The good news is it’s also a growing field. Gourmet mag is gone, but the app still lives on, and the fertile landscape of localized or specialized food websites, TV and video, podcasts, blogs, and food zines is still expanding. General interest publications have also increased their food coverage. James Beard award-winning food writer Rachel Wharton leads this workshop that will introduce students to the fundamentals of the beat. Wharton is the former deputy editor of Edible Manhattan and Edible Brooklyn, spent four years as a New York Daily News features food reporter, hosted a weekly segment on NY1 for two years, hosts a weekly talk show on Heritage Radio Network, and freelances for everyone from Saveur to Time Out.
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Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 15, 16, 1-4 p.m.
The Global Series – Room 434 (22 students max – You may sign up for one, two, or all three sessions)
World Geopolitics (Jan. 14) A wide review of the shifts in world power and a look at the major alliances and treaties that govern international relations. What are the shifting roles of the UN, NATO, EU and regional alliances like the OAS, the African Union and Arab League? We’ll likely do a case study on one world crisis, such as the civil war in Syria or the economic quagmire of Greece or Spain. A recommended reading list will go out to those who enroll. As the editor of The World Policy Journal, workshop leader David Andelman publishes influential commentary on international relations that make a virtue of non-partisan discourse. It’s just the latest in a series of prestigious posts – he was also executive editor at Forbes – that mark him as one of the most experienced and insightful speakers on global economics, business, and politics.
World Economics (Jan. 15) A review of the major players and problems of world economics. How has China become so dominant and what are the implications? What are the roles of the IMF, the World Bank and other organizations in economic recovered of chronically distressed states? How is international trade governed? How do tariffs and restricted markets impact the world economy? What is globalization and how has it changed the world? Likely a case study. Lecturer Robert Kahn is the Steven A. Tananbaum senior fellow for international economics at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in Washington, D.C. Dr. Kahn has held positions in the public and private sectors, with an expertise in macroeconomic policy, finance and crisis resolution.
The Global Digital Journalist (Jan. 16) What does it take to set yourself up as a digital freelancer? Practical advice on markets, equipment, reporting and story telling on several platforms. Instructors are Erik German and Solana Pyne, a husband and wife team who freelanced in Brazil. Erik is now a reporter for the Daily and Solana is video editor of the Global Post.
Monday-Thursday, Jan. 14-17, 5-8 p.m.
The Crash Course on Covering Economics, Finance, and Business – Greg David – Room 430, Room 434 on Jan. 17 only (30 students max)
Want to know why the Great Recession has so devastated the country? Why China is the world’s economic super power and whether the Euro will survive? Why Wall Street is so hated? Why Apple is the most successful American company? Over these four nights, you’ll get a crash course on the basics of covering economic, financial, and business stories. This class is open to applicants, current students NOT TAKING THE BUSINESS CONCENTRATION, and recent graduates. Some reading in advance of each class will be required. The instructor is Greg David, director of the Business & Economics Reporting Program at the CUNY J-School.
Tuesday, Jan. 15, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Travel Writing – Tim Harper – Room 308
One reason most of us got into journalism was to see the world, and tell people about it. CUNY J-School Craft Prof. Tim Harper leads this workshop that aims both to inspire and inform, whether your goal is to become a full-time travel writer or you merely want to supplement your day job with stories you do while on vacation. The sessions will cover everything from how to find and pitch travel stories to what you can write off on your taxes when you get home, with an emphasis on what travel editors are buying now. Tim has a broad range of travel writing experience – books, magazine articles, newspaper stories and online – with datelines from China, the Middle East, Central America and across Europe and the U.S. One session will include a pitch slam, so bring your own ideas for travel stories. A freelancer writer and editor, Tim Harper has extensive experience from around the globe, including Europe, the Middle East, Central America, and the Far East.
January 15, 17, 24, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Documentary Story Structure – Sabrina S. Gordon – Room 434 (15 students max)
In this class, we will examine the step-by-step process of long-form story telling. We will focus on the use of the narrative three-act storytelling technique and explore different styles, such as cinema verite, investigative, and hybrid genres. We will also compare this to the process of producing short-form news pieces. Students will be assigned documentaries to watch, and they should come to the class with an idea they want to develop into a long-form piece. Motivated students are encouraged to bring in footage, assemblies, or rough cuts to be reviewed in class. Sabrina Schmidt Gordon is a documentary producer and editor based in NYC. Her credits include producer and editor of the award-winning independent documentaries, Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes, and Mrs. Goundo’s Daughter. She co-teaches Video Documentary at the CUNY J-School, and has guest lectured at Brooklyn College, New York University, the Independent Filmmaker Project, and the Jacob Burns Film Center.
Tuesday, Jan. 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
News Photography Workshop for Applicants – John Smock – Room 438 (20 students max)
This workshop led by veteran photojournalist John Smock will help you improve your photographic skills for use in all media. We will cover the technical and conceptual aspects of basic camera usage, composition, visual vocabulary, photo editing, lighting, and Photoshop. You will learn how to handle portraits, news conferences, politics, intimate photo essays, and international conflicts. You will also learn how to photograph while recording audio, shooting video, or reporting for print. Whether you are a beginner or intermediate photographer, you will learn the tricks of the trade that professional photojournalists use. Students are encouraged to bring their own cameras, though the School has cameras available for them to use if needed.
Tuesday, Jan. 15, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Non-Fiction Book Writing – Prof. Glenn Lewis – Room 430 (22 students max)
Take this one-day crash course on the essentials of conceptualizing, researching, organizing, and writing a professional-level non-fiction book proposal. The seminar also focuses on techniques for reporting and writing non-fiction books. Students are given insights into negotiating book contracts as well. The session draws on Prof. Glenn Lewis’ experiences as a book packager, agent, writer, and book proposal doctor. A guest editor will also participate. Prof. Lewis is director of the journalism program at York College and is a consortial faculty member at the CUNY J-School.
Section 2: Tuesday, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 16, 2:30-5:30 p.m.
Voice Coaching Workshop – Michael Lysak – Room 330 (10 students max per section)
Wednesday, Jan. 16, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
New Forms of Long Form – Tim Harper – Room 434 (25 students max)
This informal, discussion-heavy workshop will review traditional long form – including how to pitch a magazine story or do a book proposal – and move on to look at the way narrative nonfiction is being redefined in terms of reporting, structure, style, and of course, technology. We’ll look at how and why some narratives always work, and how the tried and true structures are being adapted today. We’ll talk about the investments, both time and money, that make up the long-form market for readers, publishers, and writers. If there’s a piece of writing you’d like to discuss, send it in advance to the workshop leader, CUNY J-School Craft professor and writing coach Tim Harper, an editorial/publishing consultant who has done a dozen books of his own and helped dozens of other individuals and institutions produce their manuscripts and get them published.
Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2-5 p.m.
Secrets to Compelling Page Design, Online and In Print – John Smock – Room 438 (20 students max)
This workshop is an introduction to basic principles of good layout and design. The personality of a news publication online and in print are often defined by appearance. Smart use of design elements such as typeface, color, and a variety of other graphic elements can make a publication appear more professional while also making it easier to navigate. The course will study an assortment of publications and identify underlying graphic elements useful to students interested in better design of their own online publications or those who simply want a better understanding of design’s role in the increasingly visual world of journalism. Smock teaches photojournalism and interactive journalism at the CUNY J-School.
Wednesday, Jan. 16 and Thursday, Jan. 17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Video Storytelling Intensive – Bob Sacha – Room 436 (14 students max)
Web video is hot: Video accounts for 50% of all Internet traffic and mobile video is set to explode. When you think of how easy it is to watch video on a smart phone or how beautiful video looks on an iPad, it’s no wonder that everyone wants more visual content on their screens. As a multiplatform journalist, it helps your job prospects if you know how to tell a story in more than one medium. This two-day workshop concentrates on video storytelling for the web, focusing on non-narrated stories of compelling characters and short, sharply focused pieces targeted for online viewing. We’ll talk about what type of stories work best for web video, finding strong characters, structuring stories, how to film and conduct an interview for a non-narrated piece, how to capture compelling visual sequences and finally, how to assemble a short video using Final Cut Pro X. The mantra for the class will be “Show, don’t Tell!” This advanced class will be hands on, so you’ll need to be up to speed with FCP X and the JVC HM100U HD video camera. You can see Bob Sacha’s work at www.bobsacha.com.
NEW THIS YEAR
Thursday, Jan. 17, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Covering the NYC Election – Douglas Muzzio and Errol Louis – Room 442 (30 students max)
Douglas Muzzio is the co-director of the Center for Innovation and Leadership in Government and the founder and former director of Baruch Survey Research, both at Baruch College’s School of Public Affairs. He is a specialist in American public opinion, voting behavior, and city politics. Errol Louis is the host of NY1’s Inside City Hall, the preeminent political news show in New York City.
NEW THIS YEAR
Friday, Jan. 18, 9:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.
Better Storytelling with Final Cut Pro X – Bob Sacha – Room 436 (14 students max)
FCP X is new, sleek and a blessing if you’re new to video. But it’s also a complicated and powerful program that takes practice to master and make your video storytelling life easier. In this half-day workshop, we’ll concentrate on using FCP X in the most effective way to create powerful stories for the web. This advanced class will walk you through FCP X editing and finishing workflows from someone who makes a living editing video for the web. We’ll also cover advanced techniques such as best practices for organizing and cutting material, syncing clips, multi-camera clips, compound clips, color correction and sound mixing. A basic understanding of FCP X is required for this class.
Tuesday, Jan. 22, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Politics, Power, & Money – Tom Robbins – Room 432 (30 students max)
The CUNY J-School’s investigative journalist in residence, Tom Robbins, explains how to use public databases to analyze the impact of campaign donors and lobbyists on local elected officials. Robbins has been a columnist and staff writer at the Village Voice, The New York Daily News, and The New York Observer. His stories on political corruption and urban issues have been cited by many organizations, including Investigative Reporters and Editors, the New York Press Club, the Deadline Club, and the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, which gave his political columns in the Voice its top award in both 2009 and 2010.
Tuesday, Jan. 22, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Sound Science – Mia Lobel – Room 434 (25 students max)
In this hands-on audio workshop, you’ll learn to take a complex scientific idea or story, break it down into character, plot, and setting, and develop it into an engaging narrative for a wide audience. We’ll discuss how to find and talk to scientists, how to get scientists to talk to you in a language everyone can understand, and how to make science sing. Plus, you’ll learn how to fact-check science stories for accuracy and balance. Students will workshop and pitch their ideas in class. The “winning” pitch may be produced for Distillations, the chemistry podcast. The class will be taught by freelance producer Mia Lobel, who is an adjunct instructor at the CUNY J-School and senior producer of Distillations.
January 22, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Interviewing for Multimedia Stories – Sarah Kramer – Room 308
At the heart of most compelling, provocative, or surprising stories is an interview with the subject or subjects of the story. In this three-hour workshop, we’ll explore interview techniques, what questions to ask, how to convince reticent subjects to speak, and what makes for “good tape”. We’ll examine some successful pieces and figure out why they worked and how they were achieved, and we’ll put the tools we’ve just learned to work on each other with short interviews. Sarah Kramer is an Emmy and Peabody Award winning journalist, currently, a senior multimedia producer for The New York Times. Prior to joining The Times, she was a founding staff member and senior producer for the public radio project StoryCorps. Her radio work has appeared on Marketplace, Morning Edition, and All Things Considered. Kramer launched her career in documentary videos as a field producer and researcher for PBS and HBO films.
Wednesday, Jan. 23, 9-11 a.m.
Balls in the Air: How to Juggle Multiple Assignments – Tim Harper – Room 434 (25 students max)
This workshop taught by CUNY Craft Professor and writing coach Tim Harper looks at tips, tricks, and systems used by successful journalists, both staffers and freelancers, to manage complicated workloads that includes finding ideas, developing pitches, and reporting various stories with varying deadlines. All this while at the same time keeping an eye on the big picture in terms of career development and trying to maintain some semblance of personal life.
NEW THIS YEAR
Wednesday, Jan. 23, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Constant Culture: Reporting the Arts for Radio, David Krasnow – Room 430 (20 students max)
Join veteran editor and radio producer David Krasnow as he dissects the experience of making a story, from pitch to broadcast, at public radio’s weekly national arts and culture program “Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen.” Students will learn what makes great arts reporting. Bonus: Bring that story idea you’ve been tossing around and if you’re brave enough to pitch to the crowd, David will give you his two cents. Krasnow is the senior editor of “Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen.” Formerly the reviews editor of Artforum, he has contributed to The Village Voice, Jazz Times, Metropolis, The New York Observer, The Wire, and Bomb.
Wednesday, Jan. 23, 5:30-8:30 p.m. (Applicants invited)
The Art of the Personal Essay – Paula Derrow – Room 434 (15 students max)
At the heart of every personal essay is a memory – and any memory can be the starting point for a personal essay or a memoir, for that matter. The trick is learning how to access your memories, then using them as a jumping off point for something larger. In this three-hour workshop taught by Paula Derrow, SELF magazine’s former articles director and editor of the Self Expression column, we’ll use writing prompts to spur your memory, to warm up your writing muscles, to get you thinking about details, sights, sounds, smells that you may not have thought of in a long time. We will then read each other’s results and discuss the elements that make for a compelling personal essay. Besides in-class writing, we will also talk about the basics of pitching personal essays, the difference between personal essay and a blog or diary, and various techniques that make for effective personal writing.
Section 1: Tuesday, Jan. 22 and Wednesday, Jan. 23, 3-6 p.m.
Section 2: Wednesday, Jan. 23 and Thursday, Jan. 24, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Required ProTools ProTools Workshop for Radio News Writing and Reporting Students – Chad Bernhard – Room 332 (14 students per session max)
The required ProTools workshop is for students enrolled in the Radio News Writing & Reporting course in the Spring semester.This two-day workshop will cover the basics of editing and mixing audio in ProTools. From file organization to outputting a final WAV file, this workshop will help students take their audio for broadcast or interactive projects to the next level. The instructor, Chad Bernhard, senior audio engineer at the CUNY J-School, will discuss the nuts and bolts of creating a seamless journalistic edit as well as the aesthetics of mixing ambient sound to create vivid and compelling mixes.
Thursday, Jan. 24, 1-6 p.m.
Required Multimedia and Interactivity with Hype for Craft II Interactive Students – Russell Chun – Room 308
Learn how to create media-rich and interactive stories with Tumult Hype, an HTML visual authoring tool that creates content that works across browsers and mobile devices. Students will learn how to integrate animation, text, photos, and video, and incorporate buttons for non-linear navigation. We’ll address the important questions of where and when to use Tumult Hype versus other kinds of delivery methods. We’ll discuss what makes interactive stories compelling and effective.