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  • August Academy for Class of 2015 Applicants

    Date & Time:
    From August 5, 2013 to August 7, 2013

    CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

    August Academy for Class of 2015 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 2015. There is no cost to applicants for taking part in the August Academy. Candidates may select up to three courses.

    If you are interested in applying to the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and registering for August Academy, please email Assistant Dean Stephen Dougherty, director of admissions & student affairs, or call him at 646-758-7731.


    Monday, August 5
    10 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Food Writing – Indrani Sen, Adjunct Faculty, Room 434
    Writing about food must be as simple as eating and cooking it, right? Wrong. Food writing requires more than a fine-tuned palate and a good recipe for holiday cookies. Locavores, the Farm Bill, food safety scares, commodity prices, environmental justice – in this post-Michael Pollan era, food writing is increasingly complex. The good news is it’s also a growing field. Gourmet magazine is gone, but the fertile landscape of localized or specialized food web sites, blogs and food zines is still expanding, and general interest publications have increased their food coverage. Indrani Sen leads this workshop that will introduce students to the fundamentals of food writing. Sen, who teaches Craft of Journalism at the CUNY J-School, is a former Newsday reporter who has written for The New York Times dining section and Saveur magazine, among other publications.

    2-5 p.m.
    Intro to Radio News – Arleen Lebe, Adjunct Faculty, Room 330
    Tell the listener a story. It sounds easy enough, but to do it well requires specific skills. These skills will be identified and practiced in this workshop-style radio news class. We’ll listen to news and feature reports–from fully produced features with multiple sound elements to simple reports with a single voice. After analyzing the structure of these reports, students will report, write, tweet, and “broadcast” a story. We’ll also recreate the process of working a breaking story moments before a newscast. We’ll discuss standards and ethics and how to know when a story is reportable and ready for air.
    CBS News producer Arleen Lebe will share insights into the technical, social media, and communication skills required of those who want to excel in the dynamic, evolving, and exciting environment that is radio news today.

    5:30-8 p.m.
    Meet the Students and Faculty Reception, 3rd Floor Cafe Area

    Tuesday, August 6
    9 a.m.-1 p.m.
    News Photography – John Smock, CUNY J-School Director of Photojournalism, Room 438
    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 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.

    2-5 p.m.
    Social Media for Journalists – Mitch Trinka, Room 308
    Whether you’re a Twitter newbie or a master Tweeter, here’s your chance to dive in deep. During the first half of this session, we will explore how social media tools – from Twitter and Facebook to LinkedIn and Pinterest – can spark story ideas, reveal trends, and connect you with new sources. In addition to covering social media ethics and etiquette, we will explore best practices and tips, tricks, and tools. During the second half of the workshop, discover how social media can help you build your brand in the new world of Web 3.0. We will explore how leading journalists and news organizations are capitalizing on social networks to reach out to readers, viewers, and communities. Class of 2010 alumnus Mitch Trinka is collaborative editor for The Nabe, the CUNY J-School’s hyperlocal news site covering Fort Greene and Clinton Hill in Brooklyn. He also works as community manager for the J-School.

    5-8 p.m.
    Art of the Personal Essay – Paula Derrow, Room 432
    At the heart of every personal essay is a memory—and any memory can be the starting point for a personal essay or a memoir, for that matter. The trick is learning how to access your memories, then using them as a jumping off point for something larger. In this three-hour workshop taught by editor and writing coach Paula Derrow, former articles director and columnist for SELF magazine, we’ll use writing prompts to spur your memory, to warm up your writing muscles, to get you thinking about details, sights, sounds, smells that you may not have thought of in a long time. We will then read each other’s results and discuss the elements that make for a compelling personal essay. Besides in class writing, we will also talk about the basics of pitching personal essays, the difference between personal essay and a blog or diary, and various techniques that make for effective personal writing. (Limit: 15 students.)

    Wednesday, August 7

    10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Freelancing Workshop – Tim Harper, Adjunct Faculty, Room 308
    We’ll cover generating ideas, understanding markets, getting to the right editor, pitching the story, and contracts and rights issues. Students will also write in-class pitches, to be critiqued on the spot, for magazines and web sites. Longtime independent journalist Tim Harper, a CUNY J-School Craft professor and writing coach, will teach the class. He has written a dozen books, helped many other writers with their books, and written hundreds of articles for markets ranging from Atlantic magazine to airline publications.


    ➢ Candidates should go to the CUNY Graduate Center Online Application.

    ➢ Fill out the first two sections entitled Applicant Information, Pages 1 and 2.

    ➢ Send a copy of your current resume and a personal statement of up to 1,000 words detailing your interest in Journalism, the reasons why you have decided to apply to the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, and the elements of your background you feel will enable you to succeed in the program and the profession to either:

    Stephen Dougherty
    Colleen Marshall

    Once you have completed the application, please send your selection of up to three August Academy classes in an email to either Steve or Colleen. You will be sent an email confirmation of your registration when complete, along with details regarding program participation.

    Last updated Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 at 11:30 am