Course Delivery

This course will be presented with both synchronous and asynchronous elements. Check the lecture times and consult the School of Journalism for more information.

This course provides an introduction to some of the greatest journalists of all time. Students will discover the beautiful work these journalists created, and learn how and why they did it. This course also focuses on improving students’ writing. By carefully considering great journalists’ work, we learn techniques that make us better writers. Amazing characters you will meet include James Cameron, the only journalist to have a ringside seat at three atomic blast bombs. We’ll get to know Ida B. Wells, who founded a newspaper exposing lynchings and racism when most media were ignoring the truth. We consider the work of Joan Didion, Martha Gellhorn, Peter Gzowksi, Seymour Hersh, and many more. By the end of the course students will have a strong understanding of journalism’s honourable legacy. We will know the brilliant qualities of great journalists, how hard they work, and how they changed the world.