Course description

The transition to digital media over the past generation has given new life to disinformation blurred the public's understanding of media and changed the rules of audience engagement. Despite this evolution one aspect remains the same the foundation of trustworthy journalism is good writing based on solid ethics. This course introduces students to the fundamentals of journalism. It is largely a writing workshop organized around the basic principles of accuracy and fairness. It emphasizes news reporting while exploring the differences between newspapers magazines radio television feature and opinion writing styles. Each class begins with a short news quiz and discussion of current events followed by a lecture and an in-class writing activity. Editors and reporters from media organizations including CNN and the Pulitzer Center give guest lectures.


Associated Schools

  • Harvard Division of Continuing Education

  • Harvard Summer School

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