Documentary Seminar 1

Advanced Reporting

Course Details

Admission requires consent of instructors. To apply: 

This course must be taken in conjunction with Documentary Lab.

The documentary form continues to expand, creating new and exciting opportunities for journalists. Our documentary specialization allows students to be at the forefront of this exciting field and to train them to meet the dynamic needs  of the industry. This specialization track focuses on in-depth project-based documentary journalism, whether it be documentary features, series, video for the web or interactive documentaries.

This seven-credit-hour documentary seminar will combine the rigor of journalistic research and reporting with an intense focus on building advanced documentary camera skills, story development and editing for structure. Students will learn about different styles and genres of documentary films by watching, writing about, and analyzing documentaries while they are developing their own documentary ideas. They will write proposals for their film projects then pitch them in front of industry professionals.

Requirement: Students in both the MA-Journalism and the MA-Engagement Journalism are required to publish at least one piece of work each semester in Craft 1 and Advanced Reporting courses (MAJ) and Reporting for Engagement J and Advanced Reporting for Engagement J (MA-EJ). Students can fulfill this requirement with work from any first or second-semester class.