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      LLSJ 2001 A   News, Narrative & Design I  (CRN:3340) 4 CR Meier, Andrew
      MW - 10:00 am to 11:40 am
  • This is the first course in a 3-course sequence that introduces students to journalism as an essential part of the democratic system of checks-and-balances. Students will focus on needs-based reporting ùthrough research, interviewing, and observation -- in a bottoms-up approach that employs human-centered design practices to identify the informational needs and concerns of the community being served. Through project-based work, students will research, report, and express the news, while considering how to best engage an audience and have an impact. In this introductory course, students focus on clear writing and learn the rudiments of visual storytelling, as well as gaining a critical understanding of the complexity of the current media ecosystem. In the second half of the semester, students will develop collaborative skills, working in group projects. As in all NND courses, a professional designer and a data reporter are embedded practitioners in the class.
    •   LLSJ 2001 B   News, Narrative & Design I  (CRN:3341) 4 CR Meier, Andrew
        MW - 11:55 am to 1:35 pm
    • This is the first course in a 3-course sequence that introduces students to journalism as an essential part of the democratic system of checks-and-balances. Students will focus on needs-based reporting ùthrough research, interviewing, and observation -- in a bottoms-up approach that employs human-centered design practices to identify the informational needs and concerns of the community being served. Through project-based work, students will research, report, and express the news, while considering how to best engage an audience and have an impact. In this introductory course, students focus on clear writing and learn the rudiments of visual storytelling, as well as gaining a critical understanding of the complexity of the current media ecosystem. In the second half of the semester, students will develop collaborative skills, working in group projects. As in all NND courses, a professional designer and a data reporter are embedded practitioners in the class.
      •   LLSJ 2001 C   News, Narrative & Design I  (CRN:3512) 4 CR Eskin, Blake
          TR - 10:00 am to 11:40 am
      • This is the first course in a 3-course sequence that introduces students to journalism as an essential part of the democratic system of checks-and-balances. Students will focus on needs-based reporting ùthrough research, interviewing, and observation -- in a bottoms-up approach that employs human-centered design practices to identify the informational needs and concerns of the community being served. Through project-based work, students will research, report, and express the news, while considering how to best engage an audience and have an impact. In this introductory course, students focus on clear writing and learn the rudiments of visual storytelling, as well as gaining a critical understanding of the complexity of the current media ecosystem. In the second half of the semester, students will develop collaborative skills, working in group projects. As in all NND courses, a professional designer and a data reporter are embedded practitioners in the class.
        •   LLSJ 2001 D   News, Narrative & Design I  (CRN:3881) 4 CR Eskin, Blake
            TR - 11:55 am to 1:35 pm
        • This is the first course in a 3-course sequence that introduces students to journalism as an essential part of the democratic system of checks-and-balances. Students will focus on needs-based reporting ùthrough research, interviewing, and observation -- in a bottoms-up approach that employs human-centered design practices to identify the informational needs and concerns of the community being served. Through project-based work, students will research, report, and express the news, while considering how to best engage an audience and have an impact. In this introductory course, students focus on clear writing and learn the rudiments of visual storytelling, as well as gaining a critical understanding of the complexity of the current media ecosystem. In the second half of the semester, students will develop collaborative skills, working in group projects. As in all NND courses, a professional designer and a data reporter are embedded practitioners in the class.
          •   LLSJ 2010 AX   Ethics and History of Journalism  (CRN:3659) *BEST BET* 4 CR Golway, Terrence
              W - 9:00 am to 11:40 am
          • [subject]This course situates contemporary U.S. journalism in its historical context and grounds students in the fundamental ethical principles of the discipline. Students will examine the role that journalism plays as a check on power in a democratic system, looking at times when the profession has succeeded or failed in that goal. Readings and discussions will focus on critical episodes in media history, from the Zenger trial and the rise of professional news-gathering to the Pentagon Papers and current challenges to a free press. Students will also examine the impact of disruptive technologies like radio, television and the Internet, and will be introduced to some of the profession's greatest American practitioners, including Edward R. Murrow, Woodward and Bernstein, Ida B. Wells, and Ida Tarbell. Case studies involving ethical dilemmas in journalism will be presented for class discussion and debate, such as concepts like objectivity and independence and addressing biases based on factors like gender, religion, political party, or race.
            •   LLSJ 2010 BX   Ethics and History of Journalism  (CRN:3884) *BEST BET* 4 CR Stellin, Susan
                M - 3:50 pm to 6:30 pm
            • [subject]This course situates contemporary U.S. journalism in its historical context and grounds students in the fundamental ethical principles of the discipline. Students will examine the role that journalism plays as a check on power in a democratic system, looking at times when the profession has succeeded or failed in that goal. Readings and discussions will focus on critical episodes in media history, from the Zenger trial and the rise of professional news-gathering to the Pentagon Papers and current challenges to a free press. Students will also examine the impact of disruptive technologies like radio, television and the Internet, and will be introduced to some of the profession's greatest American practitioners, including Edward R. Murrow, Woodward and Bernstein, Ida B. Wells, and Ida Tarbell. Case studies involving ethical dilemmas in journalism will be presented for class discussion and debate, such as concepts like objectivity and independence and addressing biases based on factors like gender, religion, political party, or race.
              •   LLSJ 2100 AX   Documentary Photography  (CRN:5411) 4 CR Lichtenstein, Andrew
                  M - 12:10 pm to 2:50 pm
              • "The camera is a tool to engage, socially and politically, the world around us. Students will immerse themselves in documentary practices to craft stories with photographs, video, sound, and text. Through close readings of photographic essays, a historical range of photojournalism books, and news reportage, students will learn how to read photographs to gain an understanding of ""visual literacy."" Our emphasis will be on process (drafting proposals, conducting research, gaining access), as well as practice (editing and building sequencing skills). Through trial and error, students will learn which ideas translate visually, which do not, and why. Students should be prepared to make mistakes, learn by weekly photographic assignments and for the second half of the term, iteration: returning to the same photographic subject matter over and over. Collaboration will be encouraged as we use the classroom as a lab to critique each others' work. Students must have access to a digital camera, smart phone or SLR, and a basic familiarity with an editing application. This class is strongly recommended for all Journalism + Design majors."
                •   LLSJ 2120 AX   Have It Your Way: The Art of the Critical Review  (CRN:7584) 4 CR Schillinger, Liesl
                    T - 3:50 pm to 6:30 pm
                • Everyone's a critic, the saying goes: but some journalists turn their critical proclivities into a profession, publishing reviews that establish their reputations as trusted arbiters. The rise of the internet and social media has heightened demand for such "filters" of culture, and increased the popularity of voice in opinion journalism. As a result, more venues publish reviews than ever before. In this class, students will learn about the form and ethos of cultural criticism by reading famous ùand notoriousù reviews; and will gain hands-on experience in the craft by writing practice reviews, which will be workshopped in class. We will address at least four separate areas of criticism (e.g., books, film, art, food, music, dance, television, theater), and eminent critics and editors will visit the class to discuss their expertise. Readings include a broad selection of essays reflecting a range of critical voices; and we will address such subjects as: What is the purpose of a review? What are the pros and cons of a pan or a rave? Does a review have to give a verdict? What gives a critic authority? For the first class, students should come prepared to describe one of their favorite (or least favoriteà) critics, books, restaurants, movies, art exhibits, concerts, etc. This class requires significant real-world interaction. You will be asked to read a book, watch a new movie or series, dine at a restaurant, or attend a play or a concert, etc., to write your critical drafts. For the midterm, you will revise one practice review, with the goal of making it notionally publishable. For the final, you will write a review from scratch, in whichever discipline appeals to you most.
                  •   LLSJ 2125 AX   Facts/Alternative Facts  (CRN:5437) *BEST BET* 4 CR Schillinger, Liesl
                      T - 12:10 pm to 2:50 pm
                  • What is "fake news?" How does it differ from "real" news; and how can you ensure your own writing is accurate? This hybrid course blends lessons in political philosophy, history and communications with practical journalistic instruction ¡to prepare the next generation of journalists to safeguard the truthùand their own careersùat a time when press freedom is under unprecedented attack. Students will read excerpts and articles that address the importance of freedom of speech and of the press, and explore past and present threats to those freedoms, interpolating the readings with current headline news. The texts range from the origins of our democracy and Constitution to the rise of broadcast media, digital media and the alt-right; from the First Amendment and Tocqueville's vision of America to Watergate and the social-media assisted Russian hack of the 2016 election. Students will also read chapters from the novels 1984, by George Orwell, and Bright Lights Big City, by Jay McInerney, exploring how the fictional uses and abuses of the fact-checking profession reflect present realities; and they will receive a primer in how to fact check, using the methods of The New Yorker magazine's renowned checking department. Distinguished professional fact checkers and media figures will visit the class to share their expertise. The two-fold goal of the course is to deepen students' understanding of the power of fact in society, and to increase their ability to control the accuracy of their own work. (Strongly recommended for all Journalism+Design Majors and Minors)
                    •   LLSJ 2140 A   Journalism IRL  (CRN:7582) 2 CR Tcholakian, Danielle
                        W - 4:00 pm to 5:50 pm
                    • Live journalism is journalism that jumps from the page to the stage. Whether it's a walking tour of a neighborhood or a performance in a theater, live journalism has become a new way for newsrooms and independent journalists to bring their work directly to an audience. In this class, we'll explore the ways that live events can expand your storytelling possibilities and enrich your audiences' understanding of complex places, people and issues.
                      •   LLSJ 2145 A   Comedy and Journalism  (CRN:7583) *BEST BET* 2 CR Tsiveriotis, Georgios
                          T - 4:00 pm to 5:50 pm
                      • "It has been more than 40 years since Weekend Update premiered on Saturday Night Live and nearly 20 years since Jon Stewart began his tenure as the ""most trusted name in fake news."" Comedy and journalism continue to intersect in both productive and frustrating ways. Comedians provide political commentary that often seems more urgent than that of major news publications. Meanwhile, blogs and cable news shows utilize humor to make their storytelling more compelling (or worse, more polarizing). On Twitter, we see journalists cosplaying as comedians and comedians penning earnest manifestos about social and political issues. Depending on who you ask, the current political moment is either ""comedy gold"" or an unending nightmare that renders parody impossible. In this class, we'll explore humor's role in journalism, journalism's role in comedy, the evolution of satire in the Trump era, and how the internet will end us all. Students will read a variety of primary sources and theoretical texts on the role of humor and satire in society and will be graded on presentations and short papers analyzing cultural works at the intersection of comedy and journalism."
                        •   LLSJ 2241 A   Web Fundamentals 1  (CRN:5281) 2 CR Ackerman, Alexandra
                            T - 6:00 pm to 7:50 pm
                        • [Medium or Elective] This class is specially designed for people who think code, math, and computers in general are intimidating. Through a series of playful challenges, students will learn how computers, code, and the Web actually work. Along the way, students will pick up valuable skills and knowledge that will allow them to do more complex interactive projects in the future. It's strongly recommended that this class be taken in tandem with or before News, Narrative & Design II.
                          •   LLSJ 2241 B   Web Fundamentals 1  (CRN:5282) *BEST BET* 2 CR Alexander, Anila
                              R - 6:00 pm to 7:50 pm
                          • [Medium or Elective] This class is specially designed for people who think code, math, and computers in general are intimidating. Through a series of playful challenges, students will learn how computers, code, and the Web actually work. Along the way, students will pick up valuable skills and knowledge that will allow them to do more complex interactive projects in the future. It's strongly recommended that this class be taken in tandem with or before News, Narrative & Design II.
                            •   LLSJ 2602 A   Hearing News: Audio Journalism Principles and Production  (CRN:5283) *BEST BET* 2 CR Montague, Sarah
                                R - 6:00 pm to 7:50 pm
                            • Students in this course will learn hands-on techniques for critiquing and reporting news relevant to the New School community in its unique New York City context. Emphasis will be on dynamic engagement with the real-world environment of New York City and in developing reporting, storytelling, and production skills for today's public media environment. Students will learn to identify and research stories; interview subjects and sources; radio/audio journalism protocols and ethics; record in the studio and in the field; write good radio/audio scripts; and basic audio production. Completed audio stories will be featured on WNSR, New School Radio, the New School's online radio station.
                              •   LLSJ 3001 A   News, Narrative & Design II  (CRN:3342) *BEST BET* 4 CR Gregory, Kia
                                  TR - 10:00 am to 11:40 am
                              • "This is the second course in a three-course sequence preparing students to do creative and rigorous journalism in a highly competitive and complex media ecosystem. Increased attention will be paid to using design strategies to identify community needs and problem solve audience engagement, considering such factors as context for consumption and multi-channel participation. Brainstorming, research and other design strategies will be used to imagine new ways of reporting and expressing the news. In addition to growing expectations for depth of reporting, increased emphasis will be on creative presentation of work, and telling stories visually as well as through writing. The class is project-based and collaborative. A designer and a data reporter are embedded in the class. Other experts will be brought in based on student need. To register, students must have already taken News, Narrative & Design I and earned a minimum grade of ""B"" ."
                                •   LLSJ 3001 B   News, Narrative & Design II  (CRN:3882) 4 CR Gregory, Kia
                                    TR - 11:55 am to 1:35 pm
                                • "This is the second course in a three-course sequence preparing students to do creative and rigorous journalism in a highly competitive and complex media ecosystem. Increased attention will be paid to using design strategies to identify community needs and problem solve audience engagement, considering such factors as context for consumption and multi-channel participation. Brainstorming, research and other design strategies will be used to imagine new ways of reporting and expressing the news. In addition to growing expectations for depth of reporting, increased emphasis will be on creative presentation of work, and telling stories visually as well as through writing. The class is project-based and collaborative. A designer and a data reporter are embedded in the class. Other experts will be brought in based on student need. To register, students must have already taken News, Narrative & Design I and earned a minimum grade of ""B"" ."
                                  •   LLSJ 3002 AX   Design for Journalists: From Typography to Interaction  (CRN:3514) 4 CR Das, Jason
                                      R - 12:10 pm to 2:50 pm
                                  • [Medium or elective] Do you obsess over fonts? Are you dying to know how to present your work digitally? This course aims to prepare journalists and writers with the basic principles of visual and interaction design crucial to modern-day journalism, starting with the fundamentals of typography, layout, color, information design, wire framing and prototyping for the web. Students will learn HTML and CSS through the historical lens of printing technologies and will explore these concepts through a series of exercises and assignments culminating in a final website project. It is strongly recommended that all Journalism + Design majors take this class, preferably in tandem with or before News, Narrative & Design II.
                                    •   LLSJ 3003 AX   Newsroom Video Production 101  (CRN:4825) *BEST BET* 4 CR Naudziunas, Jessica
                                        T - 7:00 pm to 9:40 pm
                                    • [Medium] This 101 course will introduce students to the basic theories, production methods and workflows of creating video within a digital news organization. The curriculum will be geared toward post¡production, and will emphasize the varying platforms to consider when imagining a video. Students will learn the basics of editing in Adobe Premiere Pro. In this context, post-production encompasses more than simply operating a video editing program. The curriculum will outline the opportunity to create engaging video journalism, utilizing source material from today's immense web of immediately available media. Prescribed assignments will be given, as well as assignments to pitch, research and develop stories. Some assignments will include reporting and shooting in the field. Students will have opportunities to work autonomously, as well as in groups. The course will culminate in a final project û a portfolio piece. This course is recommended for all Journalism + Design majors.
                                      •   LLSJ 3021 A   Transmedia  (CRN:4826) 4 CR Grinker, Lori
                                          TR - 3:50 pm to 5:30 pm
                                      • "[Medium] In this project-based course, students will reinterpret the role of the visual journalist in the transmedia era. The class will interpret the theme "" personal political"" and blur boundaries across disciplines to develop a layered practice that allows for deeper communication and understanding of a documentary subject. Students will work both independently and as collaborators to collect and most effectively produce content that will include still and moving images, sound, text, and ephemera of all varieties. Students will ground their explorations in literature, scholarly articles, and the historical evolution of the digital media form. This class is strongly recommended for all Journalism + Design majors."
                                        •   LLSJ 3028 A   Reading for Writers: Journalism  (CRN:3902) 4 CR Dray, Philip
                                            MW - 10:00 am to 11:40 am
                                        • [Elective] Advocacy journalism allows writers to impart truth through the use of facts and persuasive argument, often invoking their personal experiences and concerns for social justice. Journalists who bring a strong point of view to social, political, and cultural issues can influence the times in which they live, a tradition that thrives today in the work of Thomas Frank, Rebecca Solnit, Masha Gessen, Matt Taibbi, and Naomi Klein, among others. Students will learn from readings of the craft's exemplary practitioners, past and present -- muckrakers Ida B. Wells and Upton Sinclair; social critic H. L. Mencken; writers on science, environmental, and peace issues such as Atul Gawande, Benjamin Wallace-Wells and Jonathan Schell; and astute observers of our daily political scene like Sarah Kendzior, George Packer, Michelle Goldberg, Roxane Gay, Elizabeth Drew, and Charles Blow. The course also immerses students in current events; discusses the use of humor and satire as advocacy (Andy Borowitz, Gail Collins); and considers writers who blend fiction, memoir, and journalism (such as Alice Walker). In a workshop environment, students will try their hand at opinion and advocacy writing.
                                          •   LLSJ 3505 AX   Visualizing Data  (CRN:3344) 4 CR Chang, Alvin
                                              R - 9:00 am to 11:40 am
                                          • [Medium] Sometimes a linear, written narrative is not the best way to express the news. Changes in technology and the growing access to large amounts of data have allowed journalists to develop new and effective ways of engaging readers with hard-to-fathom information. In an age of information overload, sometimes the best way to explain data is visually. This is a major component of reimagining journalistic storytelling in the digital age. Knowing when and how to represent data visually is now an integral part of the discipline. Students will learn basic visualization design and evaluation principles, as well as learn how to acquire, parse and analyze data sets.
                                            •   LLSJ 3505 BX   Visualizing Data  (CRN:3883) 4 CR Slobin, Sarah
                                                W - 3:50 pm to 6:30 pm
                                            • [Medium] Sometimes a linear, written narrative is not the best way to express the news. Changes in technology and the growing access to large amounts of data have allowed journalists to develop new and effective ways of engaging readers with hard-to-fathom information. In an age of information overload, sometimes the best way to explain data is visually. This is a major component of reimagining journalistic storytelling in the digital age. Knowing when and how to represent data visually is now an integral part of the discipline. Students will learn basic visualization design and evaluation principles, as well as learn how to acquire, parse and analyze data sets.
                                              •   LLSJ 3901 A   New School Free Press  (CRN:3343) 4 CR Lichter, Allison
                                                Chen, Irwin
                                                  MW - 3:50 pm to 5:30 pm
                                              • [elective] The New School Free Press is a student-led news organization dedicated to reporting on the university and other subjects important to our audience. Students will work on traditional reporting and editing skills, as well as learn evolving techniques and strategies enabled by new technologies and models. The class is a commitment that involves planning and executing strong, compelling journalism in a variety of platforms. To be an editor, students must submit an application to the current editors and the professor. Positions are determined based on student interest and skill, but include editor-in-chief, managing editors, designers, social media editors, photographers, data visualization editors, and interactive editor from across the university. The class is highly collaborative and only for serious, dedicated students. To be a reporter on the paper, students must have completed News, Narrative, & Design I or have the permission of the instructor.
                                                •   LLSJ 4001 AX   News, Narrative & Design III  (CRN:3513) 4 CR Khosla, Anjali
                                                    M - 9:00 am to 11:40 am
                                                • "The final course in a three-course sequence, this advanced class engages students in a creative and rigorous practice of journalism to help prepare them for entering the highly competitive media ecosystem. Students will focus on engaged journalism -- bringing communities into the reporting and news dissemination process -- around a range of subjects relevant to New School communities and beyond, with the goal of understanding how trust is created between news producers and their audiences. We will build our skills as reporters, writers and listeners, with a focus on audio and text-based storytelling practices. A designer and a data reporter are embedded in the course. Students must have already taken News, Narrative, & Design I and II, earning a minimum grade of ""B"" to register."
                                                  •   LLSJ 4001 BX   News, Narrative & Design III  (CRN:4500) 4 CR Khosla, Anjali
                                                      F - 9:00 am to 11:40 am
                                                  • "The final course in a three-course sequence, this advanced class engages students in a creative and rigorous practice of journalism to help prepare them for entering the highly competitive media ecosystem. Students will focus on engaged journalism -- bringing communities into the reporting and news dissemination process -- around a range of subjects relevant to New School communities and beyond, with the goal of understanding how trust is created between news producers and their audiences. We will build our skills as reporters, writers and listeners, with a focus on audio and text-based storytelling practices. A designer and a data reporter are embedded in the course. Students must have already taken News, Narrative, & Design I and II, earning a minimum grade of ""B"" to register."
                                                    •   LLSJ 4991 AX   Senior Capstone  (CRN:5285) 4 CR Gregory, Kia
                                                        F - 9:00 am to 11:40 am
                                                    • The Capstone is an opportunity for all graduating seniors majoring in Journalism + Design to develop an original project in a rigorous environment and hone their skills in a final work. The course, taken in an undergraduate's final term, is a four-credit intensive seminar. In a collective of advanced Journalism + Design majors, students will pursue projects across the broadest range of media platforms. Projects can be portfolio-driven (students can build on a portfolio of work culled from previous journalism courses) or be entirely new. No matter the medium, the Capstone class will examine issues of craft, form, content, and process. Projects should aim to be ambitious, and final projects should be polished work, exemplifying the skill and craft of an accomplished journalist. Students must have completed News, Narrative, and Design I, II, + III in order to register for this course.