Editorial and Advocacy Writing for Journalists

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Journalism + Design

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Editorial & Advocacy Writing
Fall 2024
Taught By: Philip Dray
Section: A

CRN: 3278

Credits: 4

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 Jamelle Bouie, Adam Serwer, Masha Gessen, and Timothy Snyder, among many others. Students will learn from readings of the craft’s exemplary practitioners, past and present, and astute observers of our current political scene like columnists Eugene Robinson, Sarah Kendzior, Moira Donegan, and Roxane Gay. The course immerses students in current events; discusses the use of humor and satire as advocacy (Alexandra Petri; Andy Borowitz); and considers writers who blend memoir and journalism (such as Alice Walker). In a supportive workshop environment, and on a continuing basis, we share and discuss students' efforts in opinion and advocacy writing. Students emerge from the class as writers prepared to shape their own arguments into cogent editorials and essays, and as discerning readers of advocacy journalism. This course satisfies the Reporting and Craft Elective requirement for the Journalism+Design major.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Journalism + Design (JND)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2024 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2024 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

* Seats available but reserved for a specific population.

Status: Open*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 2:10am EDT 6/14/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday, Thursday
Times: 10:00am - 11:40am
Building: TBD
Room: TBD
Date Range: 8/27/2024 - 12/12/2024