Feature Writing

Advanced Reporting

Course Details

This class aims to find, report, write and sell news features to magazines, newspapers and websites. Most students pitch at least one of their three stories during the semester; many get one or more published — and paid. Students have considerable flexibility in choosing stories, including in forms like travel, service, explanatory, reported essay, narrative and other forms of features. Classes are heavy on workshopping. Students learn to report and write high-quality features for newspapers and magazines, emphasizing the art of storytelling, human interest, and analysis. Assignments include first person (700 words), expository writing (1,200 words), narrative (2,000 words) and analytical (700 words).

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.