(Classes Begin Friday 8/25)
Open Lab posts due by the end of the day
Office Hours (4-5 pm) Attendance optional
I will post your weekly assignment (and will have responded to your previous week’s posts)
FALL 2023 Academic Schedule (including withdrawal deadlines)
Weekly Calendar of Topics and Assignments
Week 1 Welcome to City Tech and English 1151
Watch Introduction Video
Register for OpenLab and request membership to our course site
Write your Self-Introduction to our class
Respond to another student’s self-introduction
Create free New York Times account
Read: Nolan Higdon Teaching Media Literacy
Week 2 History of “the News”
Watch Video: “The Origin of the News”
Take a Virtual Walking Tour from “City of Print” (Digital Project created by Prof. Mark Noonan)
Post a response on OpenLab to what interested you in each video.
Read your classmates’ responses prior to posting, so you contribute a new point.
Week 3 The Art of the Interview
Post a response to what you found interesting about one of these articles that you think will be helpful for a student journalist.
Week 4 The Elements of Journalism
Society of Professional Journalists CODE OF ETHICS
Post a comment to this Klein-inspired question: How has the Internet, communications technology, and/or social media affected your life either positively or negatively? Be specific about which form of social media or media “medium” you are describing.
Work on Student Profile Assignment with your partner
Week 5 The History of Fake News and the First Amendment
Week 6 Objectivity and the News
Weeks 7 Writing the Opinion Essay (OpEd)
OpEd (Assignment #2)
Sample Op Eds (and Op Docs):
Here is an excellent OpEd from the New Yorker asking to increase funding for CUNY (which includes an interview with a City Tech Student): CUNY Article
Here is an excellent selection of Op Docs from the New York Times (a good source for thinking about a good topic and how to present an OpEd in video form):
City Tech Student Video: “Critical Race Theory: Pass it On” Arnold Ludd
Weeks 8-10 Investigative Reporting
Watch: Maria Schrader’s She Said that captures the careful craft of journalism and the passion of those who work in the field. It’s already being considered one of the best films on journalism, ranking alongside All the President’s Men (1976), which follows the journalists who uncovered the Watergate scandal that forced President Nixon out of office in 1975.
Ida B. Wells “Lynching in the South”
Ta Nehisi Coates’ “The Case for Reparations”
Film on the history of CUNY and the Civil Rights Movement
SHOWING AT CITY TECH AUDITORIUM
Weeks 11-13 Mobile and Social Media Journalim
Week 14 The Art of the Documentary
Or Szyflingier and Jonathan Baez, “The SoHo Memory Project” (2020)
Kyle Spencer, “The Memory-Keeper of SoHo” (2015)
Week 15 Course Wrap-up. Feature Project or Proposal Due.
Recommended Films on the Media:
The Dissident on the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi by the Saudi Government.
“The Center Will Not Hold” (Documentary on Joan Didion)Print this page