Instructors: Elizabeth Smith, Victoria St. Martin & Chris Whitley

Reporting schedule

All times Eastern.

Monday, July 19, 2021

3 p.m. ET
Opening, introductions, a look at week ahead, goals to achieve

3:30 p.m.
Why is reporting important? Why is ethical reporting important?
Guest speaker: Arelis Hern√°ndez, The Washington Post (if not on deadline)

4 p.m.
Story ideas: How to find better stories

4:30 p.m.
Interviewing, sourcing, social media

5 p.m.
Assignment: Come up with full story pitch complete with sources

7 p.m.
Group brainstorming session

 

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

3 p.m. ET
Guest speaker, Kimbriell Kelly, Los Angeles Times

4 p.m.
Media law: libel, privacy, fair use

5 p.m.
Assignment: Spend some time interviewing, researching and gathering material for story pitch

7 p.m.
Report back progress, group discussion

 

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

3 p.m. ET
Empathy and journalism, with mindfulness exercise

4 p.m.
Story structure: news, feature

5 p.m.
Assignment: Start writing story pitch

 

Thursday, July 22, 2021

3 p.m. ET
Self-editing, rewriting

4 p.m.
Go over story pitches, give feedback

4:30 p.m.
Guest speaker: Ted Kim, The New York Times

6 p.m.
Celebration: perhaps graduation ceremony?