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Online: Journalism (Nonfiction Writing IV) With Dean Nelson

  • WHEN Ongoing from now until June 7, 2020[days & times]
  • WHERE Virtual
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  • AGES 18+
  • COST $180 - $216

$180 SDWI Members
$216 Nonmembers

For more information about this course (including registration):
http://www.sandiegowriters.org/2020-05-03-nonfiction-writing-iv-journalism-with-dean-nelson/

All confirmed registrants will be emailed the Zoom link 24 hours before the start of class.

Journalism is a kind of storytelling that relies on observation, verification, getting multiple points of view, and presenting as many sides to a story as possible. Good journalism uses facts to provide information, perspective, context and insight. It might even complicate our thinking. Despite what some in the political sphere might proclaim, journalism is not fake, it’s not fiction – it’s based on facts. And despite many people’s apprehension about journalism, it is not all about politics. It is telling true stories in an interesting manner that helps readers understand their communities, their world, and themselves. Sometimes it is a form of accountability. Sometimes it is disturbing. Sometimes it is heart-warming. Almost always, it gives insight into what it means to be a human being. It is not propaganda. It is not biased (unless clearly marked as having a point of view). It is a means by which we are informed. As we all know from our history education, society works best when its citizens are informed.

Session 1: What is journalism? Why are we all journalists? How do we keep our opinions out of our stories? What is the structure of a good journalism story? What legal and ethical considerations must every story consider?

Session 2: From tweet to long-form. All of the different ways a journalistic story can be told, including hard news to features, using multiple media.

Session 3: Profiles. What are they, why are they interesting, how are they more than promotional pieces, why do people read them?

Session 4: Finding a niche. Science, food, travel, fashion, tech, and dozens of other topics are all areas of expertise that are worth exploring and developing. This is where you set yourself apart.

Session 5: Interviewing. Talking to people is one of the most important ways we get information and perspective, but many people are afraid to do it. I wrote a whole book on the topic, so you’ll have a different perspective when we’re done!

Session 6: Investigative Reporting. In a sense, all journalism is investigative journalism, but this session will focus on how to find information that’s already out there, and how to find information that is harder to find.

Please note: Though this class is offered as part of the Certificate in Nonfiction Writing, there is no pre-requisite to join this class. All students, members, and nonmembers are encouraged to enroll.

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending.

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