Welcome to the January Academy 2016 web page. Please note that this series of enrichment workshops, which will run from Jan. 4-26, 2015, is open to CUNY J-School students, alumni, applicants, select CUNY undergraduates (juniors and seniors only), Macaulay Honors College students, and invited guests.
Registration for Class of 2015 and 2016 students begins Nov. 16, 2015. Students will be emailed a registration link. The costs for the program have been factored into the regular student fees so current students (Class of 2015 and 2016) pay nothing extra to sign up.
Alumni can start registering on Nov. 30, 2015 and get a discount on all classes. Alumni must email Marisa Osorio, director of alumni services, firstname.lastname@example.org, for the link to the courses and the special discount code.
Applicants and CUNY undergrads must register through the CUNY J-School Office of Admissions. Contact Admissions Director Colleen Marshall at 646-758-7852, email@example.com.; or Associate Director of Admissions Maximo Patiño at 646-758-7704, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that current students may sign up for a maximum of five courses each initially. Later in December, students may exceed that limit if there is space left in any course. We reserve the right to cancel any course that does not have a minimum of eight registrants. Courses that don’t have specified caps on the number of students are limited only by the number of seats in the room.
Mon., Jan. 4, 10-11 a.m. for the orientation meeting
Intern with the NYCity News Service – Jere Hester – Newsroom
Pick up some clips in January, working with one of our award-winning news website. Interns will be required 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 Google Doc.
Mon., Jan. 4, 10-11 a.m. for the orientation meeting – Contact the editors
Intern with Voices of NY or the Mott Haven Herald
These two multimedia news outlets are seeking students willing to commit to at least two weeks of reporting during the January break. Students would still be able to attend some January Academy sessions. It’s a great way to get some good clips and work with two strong editors. Those interested in interning at Voices should contact Editor Karen Pennar to discuss (Karen.email@example.com) or visit her in Room 446. Those interested in interning at the Mott Haven Herald should be in touch with editor Joe Hirsch (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Mon.-Tues., Jan. 4-5, 1-5 p.m.
Freelancing Workshop – Prof. Frederick Kaufman and Ellen Walterscheid – 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. The class will be co-taught by Frederick Kaufman and Ellen Walterscheid. Prof. Kaufman is a faculty member at the CUNY J-School and CUNY’s College of Staten Island and a veteran freelancer who has published his essays and articles in Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, Foreign Policy, Gourmet, Saveur, GQ, New York, Interview, Allure, Spin, Spy, Salon, Slate, Vice, Men’s Health, Scientific American, Popular Science, Nature, The New Yorker, and Wired, among many others. Walterscheid, the CUNY J-School’s original career services director, has written for and edited such publications as The Sciences, AARP The Magazine, and National Geographic World. Guests will include a legal expert (who will discuss such issues as copyright and how to read a freelance contract) and a panel of top editors from New York magazine, The New York Times Magazine, and O, The Oprah Magazine, who will critique student pitches. Note: Your pitches can be for those publications but don’t have to be. Once you sign up for the workshop, you’ll receive an email with further instructions. Focus is on the magazine/web market.
Section 1: Tues., Jan. 5; Wed., Jan. 6, 2:30-5:30 p.m.
(Section 2: Thurs. Jan. 21; Fri. Jan. 22, 2:30-5:30 p.m.)
Voice Coaching Workshop – Michael Lysak – Room 330 (15 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. 5, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
On Camera: Like It or Not – Susan Farkas and Fred Kaufman – Room 330 and Broadcast Studio
More and more reporters are being asked by their news organizations to speak on camera about the story they’re covering. Get the basics of how to do this without embarrassing yourself. The workshop will include on-camera work with some participants, followed by analysis shared with all.
Tues., Wed., Thurs., Jan. 5, 6, 7, 5-8 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 basketball game at Columbia University, 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 18 years as a reporter, writer, and editor. Among his other duties, Schecter is in charge of college sports and manages SI’s investigative team.
Wed., Jan. 6, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Web Security – Prof. Sandeep Junnarkar – Room 436 (14 students max)
With the ongoing revelations of NSA snooping, we explore ways journalists can try to secure their digital files and communications. The process of fortifying your web and communications defenses is not simple. If a source asks you to take extra measures to protect his or her identity and you don’t already know how, it would take you far too long on the spot to figure it out. Workshop attendees must bring their laptops. Sandeep Junnarkar is head of the interactive journalism program at the CUNY J-School.
Thurs., Jan. 7, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Data Scraping – Prof. Sandeep Junnarkar – Room 436 (14 students max)
Automate the capture of information (data, images, URLS, etc) from websites to build your own datasets. This is an introduction to scraping for journalists and requires NO coding, but the basic ability to recognize HTML is helpful. Sandeep Junnarkar is head of the interactive journalism program at the CUNY J-School.
Thurs.-Fri.-Fri., Jan. 7, 8, 15, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
News Photography – James Estrin – Room 438 (14 students max per section)
This workshop led by New York Times senior staff photographer and Lens Blog editor James Estrin 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.
Thursday, Jan. 7, 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. Guest speaker Stephen Morrow, executive editor of Dutton, will help evaluate pitches. Prof. Lewis is director of the journalism program at York College and is a consortial faculty member at the CUNY J-School.
Mon.-Tues., Jan. 11-12, 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 Adobe Premiere. 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 Premiere and a professional video camera. You can see Bob Sacha’s work at www.bobsacha.com.
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Monday, Jan. 11, 2-5 p.m.
Command and Control – Jue Yang – Room 438 (12 students max)
When you have a huge data set (hundreds of thousands of rows, for example), Excel just doesn’t cut it. How could you find the count of different types of crimes from 62,000 exonerations? Would you be able to find the company that spilled the most oil from more than 10,000 incidents over the past 10 years? You need a faster tool to open the file without freezing your laptop, let alone examining and analyzing it. This is where CLI (Command Line Interface) comes in. In this workshop you will learn to navigate a data set more efficiently than you’d ever imagine. Jue Yang is the technologist-in-residence at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
Tues., Jan. 12, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Politics, Power, & Money – Tom Robbins – Room 442 (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. He has also written for the New York Times Magazine and the Marshall Project, the criminal justice journalism initiative. 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.
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Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2-5 p.m.
Cartographic Principles for Journalists – Jue Yang – Room 442 (14 students max)
You’ve probably made a few maps in your journalistic career and got a taste of how spatial visualizations can bring insights. In this workshop, you will further your cartographic quest by making a new map. We will touch on the subject from paper conventions (fonts, colors, graphic forms) to internet interactions (clicking, scrolling, tapping). You will leave with a solid understanding of what makes a map effective and get familiar with the tools that would enable you to produce better maps. Jue Yang is the technologist-in-residence at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
Tues., Jan 12, 2-5 p.m.
Covering the Transgender Community as It Gathers Cultural and Political Power – John Cloud – Room 434 – 22 students max
This workshop will examine how journalists should cover the extraordinary story of transgender people as they achieve an historical moment of advancement. Before this year, trans equality has never won the imprimatur of many institutions, including the Pentagon, which said in July that trans people can and may serve “openly without adverse impact.” And yet two months later, the successful movie studio Roadside Attractions released a depiction of Stonewall that minimized the crucial work of trans people involved in that seminal moment of LGBTQ rights. Finally, 2015 offered our first looks at Caitlyn Jenner, a trans person with unusual power. As journalists, our No. 1 tool is language. So what is the best pronoun for a trans person? What if that trans person is a child? What if that trans person wants no pronoun acceptable to our editors? This workshop will start from the position that trans people deserve to be covered fairly — but that we have little idea about even the correct vocabulary to use. Students will be assigned some readings in advance of the class. John Cloud is a New York-based independent journalist, book critic, and former senior writer for Time who has written extensively on LBGTQ issues.
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Tues., Jan 12, 6-9 p.m.
How to Turn a Topic Into a Story Idea – Andrew Marantz – Room 442
The answer to the perennial “Where do you find your ideas?” question is this: Perfect ideas are not sitting in nature, waiting to be discovered. What actually happens is that you notice something — a bit of news, or maybe something more inchoate — and you start thinking about it. You turn it over in your mind, sharpen it, find some grain in it; you decide how you actually feel about it, figure out what drew you to it in the first place; you make some phone calls, draw up a list of people to talk to…until eventually, it’s not just a topic, not just an intriguing factoid, but a viable story idea. Now that all journalists essentially have access to the same information, the ability to hone ideas is more important than ever. There’s only so much of a competitive edge you can get by having a perfectly curated Twitter or RSS feed. Students should come to the class prepared to pitch three ideas, and we will work together to make them sharper. Andrew Marantz is an editor and writer at The New Yorker.
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Wed., Jan. 13 and Tues., Jan. 19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
No Gray Areas: Making the Most of a Photo Assignment – Angel Franco – Room 438 – 15 students max
You’re sent on assignment but you get there when the action is over. Your editor expects you to bring something back illustrating the story. You start thinking – is it really so bad to set up a shot? Don’t go there. Preparation is key, and this workshop with Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times senior staff photographer Angel Franco focuses on how photojournalists do their job without compromising the truth or their ethical integrity. In this two-day hands-on session, we will cover technical and conceptual aspects of covering spot news and features as well as what goes into preparation. We’ll show you ways to interpret the environment, organize your thoughts, use your time wisely and “design” your space. You’ll then put this knowledge to work as you go out to shoot an assignment and bring back the results to the second class.
Wed., Jan. 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Intro to Adobe Premiere – Bob Sacha – Room 436 (14 students max)
There’s a saying that films are made twice: once when they’re written and once when they’re edited. A fair number of news organizations, including The New York Times, use Adobe Premiere Pro as their primary video editing software. In this all day workshop taught by Bob Sacha, CUNY J-School’s Video Storytelling for the Web guru, you’ll get a basic introduction to the software. By the end of this hands-on session, you’ll have imported video and stills, created a basic edit and sound mix, title, and video story from the assets we provide.
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Wed., Jan. 13, 2-5 p.m
How to Make Investigative Stories Sing – Simon Surowicz – Room 434 (25 students max)
Learn how to turn investigative stories into compelling visual narratives. Investigative journalism delves beneath the surface to uncover the ugly truth about corruption and fraud, unsafe workplaces, abuse of power, sinister scams, and the abrogation of human rights. In this workshop, you will learn how to turn complicated investigations, borne out of solid reporting, into gripping visual stories that have the power to change the status quo. Simon Surowicz is an award-winning investigative producer with more than 20 years of experience in broadcast news. He has worked at NBC News, 60 Minutes, and ABC’s Investigative Unit where he launched and managed ABC’s Investigative website “The Blotter.” For the last four years, he has served as an adviser for the Columbia Documentary Project and now the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism.
Thursday, Jan. 14, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Smart Photos with Smart Phones – Jennifer A. Altman – Room 442 (20 students max per session)
Smart phones have created a new realm of photographic possibility for both professional and citizen journalists. Images produced with today’s smart phones now have sufficient quality to be published on all media platforms from digital to print. This course, led by photojournalist Jennifer S. Altman, will concentrate on making better pictures with your smart phone. We’ll discuss the history of the technology in today’s world of photojournalism and media, composition, exposure, how to capture decisive moments, as well as conceptualizing and developing an approach. We’ll examine the use of some popular apps and the controversial journalistic and ethical issues relating to post-production. The session will include time for students to make pictures while on assignment. The workshop will conclude with presentation and critique of participant work. Students must bring their iPhone or similar android device. Students are advised to bring their own computers as well. This will be a valuable and insightful experience for an amateur to a more advanced level of photographer.
Friday, Jan. 15, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Reporting on Climate Change – Mary Ann Rotondi – Room 434 (22 students max)
Covering climate change has its own set of unique challenges. The science is complicated, and requires bringing together expertise from many different areas. Journalists must be able to communicate a complex and incomplete body of scientific knowledge to people who are not necessarily interested in the science of climate change. And perhaps more than any other subject in the news, climate change is politicized, with entrenched interests working to drive the reporter’s narrative. This three-hour workshop will cover the basics of reporting on climate change, from how to choose and quickly vet experts to finding stakeholders who cut across political lines. The instructor is Mary Ann Rotondi, veteran NBC News producer and documentary filmmaker who has reported on climate change for the PBS NewsHour.
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Fri. Jan. 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Here Comes Virtual Reality – Ray Soto – Room 332 (15 students max)
Virtual Reality storytelling is on the cusp of going mainstream. News organizations around the country are experimenting with how to transport viewers right onto the scene through immersive experiences. In this one-day, hands-on workshop, Ray Soto, the creative lead for VR storytelling at Gannett, will show you the ideal video shooting and editing techniques required to produce virtual environments. You’ll have an opportunity to be part of the production of a short VR scene during this workshop.
Tues., Jan. 19; Thurs., Jan. 21; Tues. Jan. 26, 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 an award-winning documentary producer and editor based in NYC. Her films include BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez about the poet, activist and pioneer of the Black Arts Movement, and “DOCUMENTED,” the story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas’ life as an undocumented American and his fight for immigration reform. Her other credits include producing and editing the acclaimed documentaries, “Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes” and “Mrs. Goundo’s Daughter,” and she is a contributing editor of “The New Black,” a documentary about marriage equality and the black church, directed by faculty member Yoruba Richen. 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. She is an advisor to the Yale Visual Law Project and serves on many media panels and juries.
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Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2-5 p.m.
Harnessing the Power of Studies – Adam Marcus – Room 434 (25 students max)
Whatever topic you are covering, from the weighty to the superficial–cyberterrorism, bullying, perfectionism, hiccups–there likely are scientists, medical researchers, psychologists or other academics who concern themselves with that very thing, all day long. They publish in specialized journals, which are easily accessible and searchable – yet many journalists have no idea they exist. Whether your specialty is health and science or cultural, urban, or social issues, the world of academic publishing is a gold mine for your reporting. This seminar will show you how to find, assess, and leverage medical, scientific and academic research papers to identify top-notch sources and find fresh new angles on topics in the news. If there’s a riot in Bangladesh, you can find the experts who study the dynamics of crowds and see what they have to say. If you’re covering a controversial new form of birth control, you can find the data and experts to tell you how well it’s been studied and what scientists know, and don’t know, about its risks. This skill will give you a leg up on other journalists, who return to the same tired sources because they have no idea how to plug into the research community. Adam Marcus is managing editor of Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News and co-founder of Retraction Watch and The Center for Scientific Integrity.
Tuesday-Thursday, Jan. 19-21, 5-8:30 p.m.
The Crash Course on Covering Economics, Finance, and Business – Greg David – Jan. 19, Room 330; Jan. 20 and 21, Room 442
The United States is approaching the lowest jobless rate in almost a decade, the Federal Reserve Rate is mired in a quagmire over whether to raise interest rates, Republicans want to cut taxes for the rich and Democrats want to do something about inequality in the country. Meanwhile, the stock markets plunges and recovers, and companies like Apple see their profits soar and their stocks follow suit while an upstart called Uber is worth more than $40 billion or more than any established airline in the country. This three-night course for non-business students will cover the basics of of covering the economy, markets and companies while probing the most important issues of the day. The instructor is Greg David, director of the Business & Economics Reporting Program at the CUNY J-School. Some reading will be required.
Tuesday, Jan. 19, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
The Business of Freelancing – Tim Harper – Room 442
If you don’t conduct your freelance career like a business, it’s not. It’s a hobby. Longtime freelancer Tim Harper, a J-School Craft professor and writing coach, offers tips and explanations — and inspiration — on various aspects of running a freelance writing business: marketing yourself and your work, negotiating contracts, record-keeping, taxes (and deductions) and more. He’ll talk about what to do to get the most out every story, including the small piece that goes viral overnight to the big book that will take years.
Wed.-Thurs., Jan. 20- 21, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Portrait Photography and Post-Production Photo Editing – Jennifer S. Altman, with Skyler Reid –Room 442 (15 students max)
In Part 1 of this two-session class led by photojournalist Jennifer S. Altman, we will cover a brief history of portraiture through various photographic genres and discuss the elements of basic portrait techniques. Students will be introduced to lighting equipment through strobes or flashes and continuous light sources and learn the how to use stands, backdrops, reflectors, gels, and essential accessories. We will address location scouting and how different lighting techniques are applied in practice. We will learn tips and tricks of professionals, such as making the subject feel comfortable and solving lighting problems. Participants will photograph each other. Part 2 is devoted to post-production photo editing skills. Participants will identify and retouch up to three selected images with supervision from the instructors. The workshop will conclude with presentation and critique of participant work. Students can bring their own cameras or check out gear from the school equipment room. They must have their own computers already loaded with with Adobe Photoshop and a sorting system (such as Adobe Bridge, iPhoto, or Photo Mechanic) to do hands-on editing. This will be a valuable and insightful experience for an amateur to a more advanced level of photographer.
Wed., Jan. 20, 2-5 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.
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Wed., Jan. 20, 2-5 p.m.
Version Control for Data/Interactive Journalists – Jue Yang – Room 438 (14 students max)
Have you ever shuffled your content or layout for a project only to realize you want to return to the original version? Or the code that was working at first is totally broken after your tweaks? To reconstruct what you had before is a time-consuming and frustrating exercise. Version control will help you avoid this situation. If you plan on coding interactive projects and data visualizations, you’ll find this particularly valuable. In this class, you will learn to productively back up and develop your work with Git and GitHub. This open-source workflow provides easy access to older versions of work and, as a result, frees you up to experiment with layout, content composition, and new interactive possibilities with no fear of losing a working version. Bring a current or past story you’ve worked on and its assets (images, chart code, audio clips) to plug them in this workflow. Suggested pre-requisite: Command and Control. Jue Yang is the technologist-in-residence at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
Thursday, Jan. 21, 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.
Thurs., Jan. 21, 2-4 p.m.
Audio Workshop 01: Back to the Basics – Chad Bernhard – Room 436 – 14 students max (2 hours)
For students feeling behind on basic audio mixing skills. This would be ideal for people continuing on with radio classes but feel behind on the basic stuff. Problems with recording, problems with basic ProTools use. Problems with organization. Chad Bernhard is senior audio engineer at the CUNY J-School.
Fri., Jan. 22, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Audio Workshop 02: Advanced Mixing – Chad Bernhard – Room 436 – 14 students max (4 hours)
This would cover larger multi-track projects focusing project organization, when and where to use volume automation, compression and equalization. This is for students who feel very comfortable with ProTools and want to push their skill set forward. Basics will not be covered in this and students requiring that should sign up for “Audio Workshop 01: Back to the Basics.” Chad Bernhard is senior audio engineer at the CUNY J-School.
Monday, Jan. 25, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Copy Editing – Kate Lurie – Room 430 (25 students max)
Copy editing in an ever-changing media landscape remains core to good journalism. The platform doesn’t lower the bar for editing standards. Copy editing enforces consistency, accuracy and fairness — something we need now more than ever. In this three-hour workshop, learn how to self-edit, catch grammar, spelling and style mistakes and produce clear, readable copy for publication. Kathryn Lurie is a digital features editor for The Wall Street Journal and has more than 13 years of professional editing experience. She teaches at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism as an adjunct professor for Craft.
Monday, Jan. 25, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
News Photography Workshop for Applicants and CUNY Undergrads – John Smock – Room 438 -14 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.
Monday, Jan. 25, 2-4 p.m.
Social Media for News Gathering and Verification – Barbara Gray and Mandy Jenkins – Room 434 – 25 students max
How to get the most out of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, and other social networks for news gathering, verification and reporting, with Barbara Gray, associate professor and chief librarian at the CUNY J-School, and Mandy Jenkins, news director of Storyful.
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Monday, Jan. 25, 5-8 p.m.
Intro to Geospatial Analysis – Martin Burch – Room 434 – 22 students max
Answer reporting questions using information you can put on a map. Even if your published story doesn’t include a map, geospatial analysis can help you write answers to questions like “How many people does this affect?” and “How often does that happen around here?” This gentle three-hour introduction will use free point-and-click software like QGIS. Martin Burch is a data developer at The Wall Street Journal and a CUNY J-School alumnus.
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Tuesday, Jan. 26, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Fun with Animated GIFs – John Smock – Room 438 – 22 students max
This workshop taught by John Smock, director of the CUNYJ Photojournalism Program, will cover using Adobe Photoshop as a design tool with a special focus on GIF animations. New organizations today are experimenting with media content that combines elements of still photography with graphic design and video to tell stories in new and interesting ways. GIFs are a basic building block of this frontier.
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Tuesday, Jan. 26, 12-2:00 p.m.
Covering the 2016 Presidential Election – Errol Louis – Room 442 — 30 students max
Errol Louis, director of the Urban Reporting Program and host of Inside City Hall on NY1, brings his years of experience as a political reporter to a discussion of how to cover the 2016 presidential candidates and election issues. This is a brown bag lunch workshop — so bring your lunch.
Tuesday, Jan. 26, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Sound Science – Mia Lobel – Room 436 – 15 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 producer of the “winning” pitch gets the chance to pitch and edit their piece with WHYY’s health and science program, The Pulse. The class will be taught by freelance producer Mia Lobel, who is an adjunct instructor at the CUNY J-School.
Tues., Jan. 26, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Getting Your Projects Funded – Lisa Riordan Seville – Room 442
In a world of shrinking newsrooms, journalists need to get creative about how to bring the stories they care about to light. Grants, fellowships and crowd funding have become one piece of that puzzle. But how to you take a project from conception to funding? This session will be a crash-course on getting started down that road. We’ll talk about creating a beat or an area of expertise, putting together a proposal, and what a budget should look like. We’ll also talk about next steps when the first approach misses the mark. Participants should come with specific questions or pitch ideas that we can discuss and workshop as a group. Lisa Riordan Seville, ’10, is an independent investigative journalist based in New York City. She works regularly for the NBC News Investigative Unit, as well as other publications. Her work has been funded by the Open Society Foundation, the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute, The California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships and the Proteus Fund. She is currently working on a crowd-funded project with her frequent co-reporter Hannah Rappleye called “The Legacy of Mass Incarceration.”