An upper-level reporting class for students who have taken News Writing and Editing or have written for a student publication. Students will study specifics forms of journalistic writing. Offerings might include feature writing, profiles, investigative journalism, magazine feature writing, or reviews and criticism.
Spring Semester informationMiranda Spivack
332A: Adv. Reporting: Topics: Uncovering the uncovered: a journalistic exploration of forgotten communities
In Greencastle, Indiana, more than two dozen children are homeless on any given night; some say the number is as high as 90. At a diner on the outskirts of town, a group of older men gather almost every morning for breakfast, lamenting the high cost of prescription drugs. At nearby manufacturing plants, which began to fill the employment gap when IBM announced on Veteran's Day in 1986 that it would leave Greencastle forever, there are jobs - but starting pay is about $11 an hour. This class will embark on a journalistic journey of discovery and illumination, as we look for hidden stories that tell a larger truth about people throughout the United States who believe they are left out and left behind. We will combine shoe-leather reporting and narrative story telling to produce a body of work that should shed light on life in America today - and possibly uncover solutions to problems that face many communities.