Have you ever wanted to be a journalist, or just look better holding a pad of paper?
Introducing… JewliciousU’s Journalism 101 Workshop series.
In this interactive four-session series, you’ll learn the main forms of classical journalism and test out new media options as well.
And wait, there’s more: Within the first session, you’re already writing!
All material will be posted to the JewliciousU.com website to bring you instant fame and glory. (Or at least something to post on your Facebook page.) And, get this, homework is optional.
Session 1: The meet and greet
Learn interview dos and don’ts and test out your new skills on your peers.
The differences between an interview and a profile
Q&A vs. straight narrative structuring
Homework: Interview some poor schmuck, take a few photos of him, and send everything to the evil editor for critiquing.
Session 2: iAdventures
Participate in a cool project? Go on an extreme trip?
Learn to paint a picture with less than a thousand words.
Ins and outs of first-person color pieces (or even blogs) that will make them good reads.
Homework: Put yourself in a new situation and paint a picture with words. Take photo. Send to evil editor.
Session 3: On-the-scene reporting
We’ll meet off campus and complete a real-life news report. Place to be determined.
Some students will do video, some will photograph, some will interview and write.
Homework: Write the friggin’ news report, send to E.E.
Session 4: Combat readiness
How to write a well-supported opinion piece.
Hint: it’s about a lot more than just having an opinion.
Don’t worry, I’ll bring in the experts to show you how it’s done.
Homework: Take a contentious issue and make your point sound convincing. Send to E.E.
All workshops are conducted by Amanda Borschel-Dan, former longtime editor of The Jerusalem Post’s Friday Magazine and current founding editor of JewliciousU.com.
The Jewlicious family, including a seven-year blog with a very large readership, a festival and events wing in the States, and a Russian-language site, has recently started a multi-media initiative where Jewish students around the world share their experiences with other students and learn writing skills through professional mentoring.
The idea is to start conversations and get students from all parts of the Diaspora connected.