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Long-form Journalism

ENGL 160.301
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Wednesday 2–5:00

This course in long-form journalism, English 160, required of all journalistic writing minors, will focus on the most revolutionary period in contemporary journalism: the 1960s, when writers such as Tom Wolfe, Michael Herr, Gay Talese, Anthony Lukas, Norman Mailer, and Thomas B. Morgan vastly expanded the possibilities of nonfiction. Dubbed “the new journalism,” its practitioners adapted certain aspects of the novel (scenes, dialogue, structure) in order to better tell true-life stories. Students in this course will read extensively to understand how these breakthrough writers have profoundly influenced the long-form journalism of today, and, most importantly, they will spend the semester working on a long-form journalistic project, using those pioneered storytelling techniques.