2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
    Aug 22, 2019  
2017-2018 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

CSAC 281 - Urban Community Journalism

This class represents a melding of practical and academic approaches to journalism and combines the knowledge on the street with the knowledge of the academy. As such, after several initial weeks of learning some basic reporting skills, this class will turn its focus to the city of Worcester and the Worcester Telegram and Gazette as representatives of urban America and urban journalism. Each week, representatives from different parts of the city infrastructure and community (government, education, business, and the arts) as well as individuals from the T&G who cover these areas will come and speak to the class about the city, the challenges, and their roles within it. In addition, in preparation for the panel discussions, students will have read brief academic articles on the subjects to further inform their perspective and give them an additional scholarly and critical view. 

The course will meet weekly for a 3 hour session. On days when we have a panel, the panel will meet for roughly 1.5 hours (1 hour for the panel and .5 for questions). The remaining hour and a half of the class will be held for class discussion of the panel and exercises on reporting skills. It is as this point that the careful note taking that students have been doing during the panels will prove invaluable for class discussion. 

Anticipated Terms Offered: Course Already Approved