Learn journalistic techniques and stylistic tricks to communicate political analysis concisely and persuasively while developing your own unique voice.

Students will develop and enhance their journalism skills, learn best practices for a changing professional environment and use Washington DC as the context for reporting and writing on a range of political issues, from the personal to societal.

Students will work on developing strong research and critical thinking skills through instruction and practice in interviewing, researching and fact-checking. Topics of discussion and investigation may also include one or more of the following: the art of the interview, reviewing and using public records, attending news and press events, research and fact-checking. Writing instruction may also include training in AP style and/or The New York Times house style; covering controversial topics; recognizing bias in reporting; ethics in journalistic practices; and the business of journalism.

This course is taught by a wide variety of instructors who will imbue the general syllabus with a focus on their own areas of journalistic and political expertise. Each instructor will create a unique learning experience, helping students sharpen pitches as well as sharing tips to get published.

Site Visits:
This is a new course; trips will vary based on the instructors and terms. Possible trips may include:

  • National Mall
  • Newseum
  • Washington DC neighborhoods and political centers
  • Washington DC cultural events
  • The New York Times’ Washington Bureau
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals (formerly District of Columbia City Hall)

Guest Speakers and Lecturers:
Speakers and lecturers will vary with the instructors and terms. Students can expect to hear from people such as The New York Times staff, as well as other industry professionals. Other speakers may include individuals connected to news stories that are being explored such as government officials and business owners. Previous speakers include:

  • Suzanne MacNeille, 36 Hours Editor, The New York Times
  • Kerri MacDonald, Social Media Photo Editor, The New York Times
  • Amy Herman, Author: “The Art of Perception”
  • Kate Taylor, Education Reporter, The New York Times
  • Frank LoMonte, Executive Director, Student Law Press Center
  • Michael Schwirtz, Investigative Reporter Metro Desk, The New York Times
  • Yana Paskova, Freelance Photographer, The New York Times
  • Emily Hager, former Videographer, The New York Times
  • Ken Belson, Sports Writer, The New York Times
  • Emma Fitzsimmons, Transit Reporter, The New York Times
  • Liz Robbins, Immigration Reporter, The New York Times

Cost and Session Information

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

Dates: June 23 - July 5

LOCATION Washington, DC

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

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