Topics in Journalism: Writing (and Arguing) About Inequality: How to Make Your Case|
In spring 2014, this non-fiction writing seminar will be taught by award-winning journalist Tracie McMillan, Wesleyan's 2014 Koeppel Journalism Fellow.
In this nonfiction seminar, students will explore how to write about social issues by identifying inequity; understanding the logic and rhetoric used to both defend and criticize it; and develop their own skills to effectively communicate their opinion. Modeled after journalistic work, the course will also develop students' abilities to conduct first-person research and observation, and then translate it into written form for use in nonfiction. We will also explore questions of authenticity, voice and dominant narrative, allowing students to examine what it means to write about communities other than their own -- and the issues implicit in doing that work. Work from across the political spectrum will be addressed.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Katherine Boo, Jason DeParle, Barbara Ehrenreich, Charles Murray, Bill O'Reilly and Rebecca Skloot; one class will be dedicated to humor a la Louis C.K., Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.
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Coursework will begin with weekly writing assignments and quick, in-class writing exercises, followed by revision exercises and a longer project. There will be a workshopping component where students share, and critique each others' drafts.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
During drop-add period in January 2014, students interested in any open spots in the course should write directly to Prof McMillan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Instructor(s): McMillan,Tracie Times: ..T.... 01:10PM-04:00PM; Location: TBA|
|Permission of Instructor Required|
Enrollment capacity: 15
|Permission of instructor approval will be granted by the instructor during pre-registration through the Electronic Portfolio. Click "Add to My Courses" and "To request a POI electronically, click here" to submit your request.|
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