Magazine Writing

COM JO 703

This is a course in long-form magazine journalism such as appears in the New Yorker, Harpers, Rolling Stone, Outside, and the New York Times Magazine, among other publications. The class reads and analyzes superb examples of the genre and reports, researches and writes long-from pieces of its own. Among the issues addressed in depth are: intensive, in-depth reporting and research; the writing process; the use of fine language and the development of a personal voice; the importance of a point of view; structuring long pieces; digging deeply into subjects in order to truly enlighten readers. Also discussed is a reporting and writing strategy rooted in the methods of anthropology and ethnography. Other issues: the importance of complexity, the organic development of characters, the nature of narrative, the depiction of otherness and difference; the use of empathy; ?mindful? journalism; and the development of relationships with sources through deep preparation, emotional connectedness, and conversation (instead of Q & A).

FALL 2014 Schedule

Section Instructor Location Schedule Notes
A1 Manoff COM 109 TR 12:30 pm-2:00 pm Stamped Approval

SPRG 2015 Schedule

Section Instructor Location Schedule Notes
A1 Manoff COM TR 3:30 pm-5:00 pm Stamped Approval

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