ENGL 721 (01) - Advanced Reporting

Advanced Reporting

Durham   Liberal Arts :: English
Credits: 4.0
Term: Spring 2021 - Full Term (02/01/2021 - 05/11/2021)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   15  
CRN: 56102
While the theme of this course is teaching students advanced techniques of writing and reporting, each semester the course is offered it focuses on different areas of journalism. One semester, students may learn multimedia reporting - storytelling across multiple platforms, including video and audio - and in other semesters the course may focus on sportswriting. Yet in others, students will develop their news reporting skills. The course may be taken multiple times for credit with the approval of the Journalism Program Director. Prereq: 'B' or better in ENGL 621 and written permission of instructor.
Department Approval Required. Contact Academic Department for permission then register through Webcat.
Repeat Rule: May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits.
Classes not allowed in section: Freshman
Attributes: Writing Intensive Course
Instructors: Tom Haines

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
2/1/2021 5/11/2021 TR 11:10am - 12:30pm HS 104
Additional Course Details: 

In Spring 2021, English 721 will focus on Invesigative Reporting

How do investigative reporters dig for information and verify facts? What impact does independent, deeply reported news have in its communities? What is the watchdog role of the press in today’s social media world? This hands-on, participatory workshop will explore these and other questions, considering a wide range of classic and contemporary investigative reporting, from Watergate to Spotlight and the ongoing investigations of today. Students will study the work of organizations such as ProPublica to learn the basics of the craft. And they will work alone and together to brainstorm investigative topics and report and write stories of their own. As this is an upper-level course in the English/Journalism major, students should have a strong foundation in basic reporting and come to class eager to ask questions, interview sources, and double-check facts.