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Type d'enseignement : Workshop

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English

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Course Description

HOW TO WRITE TO BE READ Scott Sayare OBJECTIFS DU COURS / COURSE GOALS This course is intended as an introduction to journalistic writing, with a focus on American-style newspaper features. Topics include : - How to read, understand and deconstruct journalism, as a journalist - Angles, and how to find, choose, and pitch stories - Research, sources, and reporting techniques - Story structure, and keeping a reader's attention - Writing with clarity, concision and grace Students will each report and write two graded feature articles over the course of the semester.


SAYARE, Scott (Journaliste indépendant)

Course validation

HOW TO WRITE TO BE READ Scott Sayare Modalités d'évaluation / Grading Students will be graded (out of 20) on the basis of class participation and two written assignments, and will receive written personal evaluations at the semester's conclusion. HOW TO WRITE TO BE READ Célestine Bohlen Modalités d'évaluation / Grading Each student will be given a grade and an individual comment, based on the following criteria. They will be evaluated on their work, on their commitment to improving writing and structure, on their reporting and research. They will also be graded on participation, attentiveness in class, their comments on work by other students, and their questions prepared for guests.

Plans de cours et bibliographies

  • Session 1: Introduction and discussion about what students are expecting from the course, and how to structure the classes to make the most of the experience. First assignment (600) words on news subject, due one day before next class.
  • Session 2: Discussion of first assignments by professor and students. Focus on how to write lede paragraphs, and ‘nut graphs’ – the first step toward structuring an article. Discussion of next assignment; students should have ideas ready. Pitch should be sent one day before next class.
  • Session 3: Discussion of pitches/ideas: how to best move forward with reporting/research. Discuss setting up appointments/interviews. First draft due one day before next class.
  • Session 4: Individual meetings to discuss/edit first drafts. Final drafts due one day before next class.
  • Session 5: Final drafts returned, graded. GUEST speaker to discuss news analysis/opinion pieces/columns. Pitch for opinion piece due one day before next class.
  • Session 6: Discussion of idea for opinion pieces, analysis of examples. First draft due one day before next class.
  • Session 7: Individual meetings to discuss edited opinion pieces. Final draft due one day before next class.
  • Session 8: Final draft returned, edited. Discussion of other kinds of pieces – profiles (biography), project proposals, motivation letters etc. Depending on size of class, students can do their own project.
  • Session 9: Discussion of ideas/pitches verbally I class. GUEST? First draft day before next class.
  • Session 10: Individual sessions on writing project.
  • Session 11: Last assignment to be determined: maybe a GUEST to be interviewed, with interview (Q&A) due day before last class.
  • Session 12: Discussion of last assignment.