August Academy for Class of 2011 Applicants

  • By Newmark J-School Staff

August Academy for Class of 2011 Applicants

This special series of enrichment classes is open to any prospective student who has commenced the application process for the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism’s Class of 2011. There is no cost for taking part in the August Academy. If you are interested in registering, please email Stephen Dougherty, director of admissions & student affairs, at, or call him at 646-758-7731.

Monday, Aug. 10

9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
News Photography – John Smock, Adjunct Faculty, Room 330
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.

4-5 p.m.
Social Media for Journalists – Digital Media Manager Drew Geraets, Social Media Coach Derek Tutschulte, Room 308
This brief seminar will explore how journalists can harness the world of social media. Topics include how to use sites such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and more for reporting, sourcing, collaborative journalism, and networking professionally.

5:30-8:00 p.m.
Meet the Faculty Reception, 3rd floor Cafe Area

Tuesday, Aug. 11

10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Freelance Workshop – Ellen Walterscheid, Luke Mitchell, Room 308
We’ll cover such topics as generating ideas, understanding the market, getting to the right editor, pitching the story, and revising the pitch. Students will also write in-class pitches and get them critiqued. Taught by Ellen Walterscheid, the J-School’s former career services director who has written for The Sciences, AARP The Magazine, National Geographic World, among others, and Luke Mitchell, a senior editor at Harper’s Magazine. Focus is on the magazine market.

5-8 p.m.
How to Find Stories – Mark McSherry, Adjunct Faculty, Room 330
Reporters have obvious and no-so-obvious places to look for nuggets of information they can turn into news stories. This workshop reveals those less obvious sources of news and advises on how to transform them into scoops, sometimes with just a few phone calls. The sources include help-wanted ads in local newspapers, obscure technical or academic journals, and regulatory filings. The class also identifies certain groups of people who are more likely to be good information sources than others. The instructor, Mark McSherry, has been a reporter and editor for various media organizations in New York, the Asia-Pacific region, and Britain for 28 years. He currently works for Reuters.

Wednesday, Aug. 12

9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Interactive Storytelling – Prof. Sandeep Junnarkar, Room 436
Interactivity enriches storytelling on the web and you don’t need to be a programmer to create compelling timelines, news quizzes, maps, and polling to get your audience involved in your piece. This one-day workshop explores the use of free and easy to use web tools to bring another dimension to your work. Prof. Sandeep Junnarkar teaches interactive media at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. He is the former New York bureau chief of CNET, and has specialized in writing about technologies used in different industries.

1-5 p.m.
Travel Writing Workshop – Tim Harper, Adjunct Faculty, 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. He 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. The session will include a pitch slam, so bring your own ideas for travel stories.

5-8 p.m.
Art of the Personal Essay – Magazine Editor Paula Derrow, Room 434
In this hands-on workshop, students will work with Paula Derrow, SELF magazine’s articles director and editor of the Self Expression column, to shape a short personal essay into something artful, meaningful and publishable. Each student should come with an original 600- to 800-word personal essay to be critiqued in class.