Expand your view of journalism through an investigation of non-traditional news sources and essential, yet under-represented, voices in the populace.

Even in this day and age, journalism is challenged by the need for increased representation in the newsroom – as of 2017, people of color made up only 16.6% of staff. Beyond the initial step of hiring, support, promotion and empowerment of diverse employees also remains largely unexplored. In this course, students will examine the journalism landscape and explore non-traditional reporters, news outlets and reporting methods that have emerged to fill in the gap left by traditional news sources.

Students will seek to expand their understanding of journalism, its purpose, the communities it does or does not reflect and/or serve and the possibilities for change. Who is reporting and who is being reported about? How does that affect societal attitudes or trust levels for media? How do Black Twitter and other social media communities interact with traditional media? How would we re-envision journalism in a truly diverse, equitable society?

Site Visits:
This is a new course. Possible site visits include:

  • The New York Times newsroom
  • Minority-run media outlets such as New York Beacon or Black Star News Online
  • A top journalism school such as the School of Journalism, Columbia University or Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY
  • Journalism funding organizations such as the Knight Foundation

Guest Speakers:
Previous guest speakers on this subject include:

  • David Gonzalez, reporter, The New York Times
  • Mallika Rao, journalist
  • Zaina Arafat, journalist

Cost and Session Information

Day Program: $5,150*
Residential Program: $5,750*

Dates: July 7 - July 19

LOCATION: New York City

*Listed program costs do not include course-specific lab and materials fees. Learn more on our website.

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