Feature Writing

Discipline: English Writing
Instructor: Zomparelli
Credits: 3
Day: C
Start: 1045
End: 1200
Field Work: Day 1 - Marseilles - Saturday, 3 August | France
Prerequisites: One news writing course or equivalent (e.g., internship at a daily newspaper, staff writer at a collegiate paper). Download Syllabus

Practical instruction in journalistic techniques used in news features, profiles, arts and entertainment articles, food and travel writing and “lifestyle” stories. Students will develop interviewing, writing and narrative skills through a range of assigned articles. Though based on newspaper models, principles addressed will apply to magazine and online journalism.

Field Work

Country: France
Day: 1 - Marseilles - Saturday, 3 August

August 3 (Marseilles, France) Aix-en-Provence is approximately 30 minutes from Marseille by autoroute.  Our tentative plan is to spend the morning at the weekly market, one of the most vibrant in the region; a presentation on the food of Provence from a local expert; group lunch at a restaurant specializing in traditional regional cuising; visits to some of the city's tourist sites and museums. Academic Objectives:

  1. Students will write a travel article on the basis of the day's excursion and confront the journalistic challenge of "getting the story" in a limited amount of time
  2. Practice in framing a story and in interviewing and reporting skills
  3. Observe and be able to discuss the difference between tourist experiences and "authentic" experience