NYC: New York City Reporting and Writing Intensive


Learn what it takes to cover a beat in New York City

Starts on July 10 and ends on July 21
Cost: $2,000

Apply here.

Sharpen your reporting and writing skills by focusing on a New York City beat. In this two-week course you will choose to focus on a particular community in New York – either a specific neighborhood or a segment of the population. With the diversity of people and neighborhoods in NYC, you will have the chance to delve deeply into a community to uncover untold stories.

During the course you will:

  • Identify a beat and learn the techniques involved with understanding and fostering a relationship with community members within that beat
  • Identify story ideas from research, interviews and analysis of the beat
  • Learn to pitch stories and potential story ideas
  • Master writing in terms of structure, grammar and color
  • Learn to find and use data to enhance your storytelling
  • Get tips on maximizing your mobile phone in your reporting
  • Put social media to work for engaging your audience
  • Improve presentation skills by practicing pitching stories and showcasing your final project

Day-by-day activities in this intensive are subject to change

Day 1: New York Beats
We will start with a discussion of developing a beat and uncovering stories within the community.
You and your classmates will go out and collect a “Humans of New York”-type project. This exercise will acclimate you to getting quotes and photos.
Day 2: Slice of Life Stories
You will develop story ideas, learn vital interview techniques and plan a “slice of life” story. You will spend the afternoon exploring your community with a member staff as your guide. After, you will write a detailed description of your beat.
Day 3: Story Elements Lede, nut graf, kicker…we will go over the elements that make up a news story. You will get a lesson in finding sources and conducting research. By the end of the day, you will write a reporting plan.
Day 4: Reporting Time You’ll spend the morning by going back to your community beat to collect information based on your reporting plan. You will get the chance to see reporting in action with a field trip to a major news organization.
Day 5: Art of Writing We will review your first news story and use this as a discussion for English grammar. In the afternoon, we will look at using data to enhance news stories.
Day 6: Continuing the Investigation: You’ll go back to your beat to further develop and gather information for your story. 
Day 7: Multimedia Stories We will take the entire day to learn to take advantage of smartphones to capture and edit multimedia stories. Special guests and digital media experts will lead you in digital reporting exercises.
Day 8: Color and Structure Today we will take your writing to a higher level by adding color to your stories. In the afternoon, you will visit your community beat to capture audio and video to compliment your written story.
Day 9: Social Media Once you have a story, it has to be seen. Today will be dedicated to audience engagement, distribution and self-branding.
Day 10: Final Presentations Today is the day that you will unveil your news story by presenting it to your classmates and invited members of your community beat and other journalists. You will also receive your certificate of completion!