Editorial and Advocacy Writing for Journalists

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Journalism + Design

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Editorial & Advocacy Writing
Fall 2023
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 Perry Bacon, Jr., Adam Serwer, Gabriel Sherman, Masha Gessen, and Benjamin Wallace-Wells, among 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, Michelle Goldberg, Dana Millbank, Charles Blow and Heather “Digby” Parton. 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 fiction, memoir, and journalism (such as Alice Walker). In a workshop environment, students will try their hand at opinion and advocacy writing. Students emerge from the class both as discerning readers of advocacy or opinion-driven journalism, and as writers better prepared to shape their own arguments into cogent editorials and essays. 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 11, 2023 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 19, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

* Seats available but reserved for a specific population.

Status: Closed*

* 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: 7:46am EST 12/2/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday, Thursday
Times: 10:00am - 11:40am
Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th
Room: 261
Date Range: 8/29/2023 - 12/14/2023