Course description

This course focuses on covering the news that is often of the most interest and greatest consequence to readers: events, developments, and challenges in the places where they live. We operate in the manner of a newsroom: students, working in their own communities, report and write on local government, schools, business, crime, culture, people, and life. Then, as a class, we critique the work. We discuss the enduring role of community journalism in a changing media landscape, study exemplary pieces, and meet with working journalists. Students get practical guidance on developing story targets, identifying outlets, and pitching for professional publication. For complete and current details about this Harvard Extension course, see the description in the DCE Course Search.


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