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 WorkCountry: 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:
- 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
- Practice in framing a story and in interviewing and reporting skills
- Observe and be able to discuss the difference between tourist experiences and "authentic" experience