Jour73011 Cultural Issues (Spring) 3 credits
This course will survey the major issues and controversies facing artists and arts organizations today, including how to treat intellectual property, the role of art in developing cities, branding, the influence of digital technology on art, the history and impact of celebrity, censorship, diversity, and transgression in/on the arts. Students choose a genre beat and cultivate sources for it throughout the semester, covering specific stories rooted in broader course topics.
Jour72010 Arts Criticism (Fall) 3 credits
This is a course in writing reviews, critical roundups, and critical essays for the popular press. We will study the dominant issues at play in arts criticism today as well as the publications in which they are being addressed, and the critics who are articulating them. We will deconstruct reviews, debate what makes a good review, and examine the way syntax, word play, tone, and allusion shape literary style in print and broadcast/audio reviews. And we will address ethical considerations reviewers face as well as major controversies they have inspired.
Jour73015 Arts and Entertainment Reporting (Fall) 3 credits
In this class students focus on the types of stories that are most common in cultural reporting: the walk-up preview story, trend pieces, tie-ins that examine the connection between cultural events and the broader society, and the process piece that examines how specific arts are conceived, made, distributed, marketed. Students will leave this class with a deeper understanding of these specific formats and how to use them to tell stories across a variety of media.
Jour72307 Sports Reporting (Fall) 3 credits (Elective)
Students tackle the sports beat by covering a major sports event, producing a thoughtful, informative multimedia profile, writing for and editing a blog (mixing in news, humor and multimedia to inform and attract readers), and learning how social media increases their profile – and followers.
Co-director: Janice C. Simpson spent nearly three decades at Time magazine, serving in a variety of positions that included assistant managing editor, arts editor, and deputy chief of correspondents. She blogs about theater at a website she created, Broadway & Me, and writes for American Theatre, Playbill and TDF Stages. She is a Tony voter and a member of the Outer Critics Circle.
Co-director: Margot Mifflin writes about art, books and women’s history. A member of the National book Critics Circle and PEN, she’s been a contributor at Entertainment Weekly and Elle, and has written for ARTnews, Salon.com, and The New York Times. A professor in the English Department at Lehman College, she’s the author of Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and Tattoo and The Blue Tattoo: The Life of Olive Oatman.
Adjunct professor: Steve Daly is a veteran entertainment-industry journalist. He has written for Wired, Newsweek, Parade, Video, Popular Science, and The New York Times. As a senior writer for Entertainment Weekly and EW.com from 1996 to 2008, he covered movies, home video, TV, animation, visual effects, and Oscar history.
Adjunct professor: B.J. Schecter is an executive editor for Sports Illustrated and SI.com. His responsibilities include running the magazine’s investigative team, overseeing college sports, managing content and columnists for the website, working closely with editors and writers to integrate SI and SI.com, initiating cross-platform projects, and managing SI.com’s internship program.
Pat Cole, former culture reporter, Bloomberg News
Rob Levine, former executive editor, Billboard
Alan Light, author, former editor in chief of Vibe and Spin
Melissa Maerz, t.v. critic, Entertainment Weekly
Alexandra Peers, reporter/editor, The New York Observer
Charles Taylor, film critic, Salon, Indiewire
David Ross, former director of the Whitney Museum
Alex Abad-Santos, culture writer, Vox.com
Kurt Andersen, host, Studio 360
Kate Betts, former editor, Harper’s Bazaar
Mark Bittman, food columnist, The New York Times
Doug Brod, editor in chief, Spin
Lane Brown, founding editor, Vulture.com
Jess Cagle, managing editor, Entertainment Weekly
Jon Caramanica, music critic, The New York Times
Lauren Collins, Talk of the Town editor, The New Yorker
Leslee Dart, president, 42 West (leading movie publicity firm)
Dennis Freedman, Creative Director, Barney’s
Elysa Gardner, pop music and theater critic, USA Today
Bernard Gersten, Executive Producer, Lincoln Center Theater
Thelma Golden, director, Studio Museum in Harlem
Owen Gleiberman, film critic, Entertainment Weekly
Adam Gopnik, author, staff writer, The New Yorker
Jeff Gordinier, food writer, The New York Times
Mark Harris, columnist, Grantland
Chuck Klosterman, author, columnist for Esquire
Carolina Miranda, arts reporter, WNYC
Laura Miller, book critic, Salon.com
Nekesa Moody, Global Entertainment Editor, Associated Press
Wesley Morris, film critic, Grantland
Priscilla Painton, executive vice president, Simon & Schuster
Pamela Paul, editor, The New York Times Book Review
Elena Park, assistant managing director, The Metropolitan Opera
Troy Patterson, t.v. critic, Slate, NPR.
Ann Powers, music critic, The L.A. Times, NPR
Kelefa Sanneh, staff writer, The New Yorker
Rob Sharenow, senior vice president of programming, A&E
Danyel Smith, editor-in-chief, Vibe
Toure, host, Fuse TV; contributor, MSNBC; author
Calvin Trillin, author, essayist, The Nation, New Yorker
Josh Tyrangiel, editor-in-chief, Time.com
Marcia Ventroq, editor-in-chief, Art in America