Knight CUNYJ Curriculum

Knight CUNYJ Summer 2015 Class Schedule

Sessions meet in Room 438, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, 219 W. 40th St.

Week 1

Sunday, June 7

11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. — All-day session

Instructors: Lisa Armstrong and Joanna Hernandez

11:00-11:15 a.m. – Gather at CUNY J-School, use 41st Street entrance

11:15 a.m. — Walk to Pier 83

12:00 p.m.– 2:30 p.m. — “Best of New York” Circle Line boat tour

3:00-3:30 p.m. — Back at CUNY J-School – brief orientation

3:30 p.m. — Class dismissed

4:00 -7 p.m. — Reception at The Towers: Dinosaur BBQ


Monday, June 8

9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. — All-day session

Welcome to Craft of Journalism Boot Camp

Instructors: Lisa Armstrong and Joanna Hernandez

9:30-9:50 a.m. – News quiz and news discussion

9:50-10:50 a.m. – Class discussion on diversity; exploring stereotypes and taking a deeper look at perceptions

10:50-11:00 a.m. – Break

11:00-12:00 p.m. – What is a story? Use our discussion on diversity to come up with story ideas

12:00-1:00 p.m. – Lunch

1:00-2:30 p.m. – Discussion: What is a lede? Then drill:  Man on the Street, interview at least 5 people to get quotes on an assigned topic

2:30-4 p.m. – Come back and write up a lede; class discussion, drawing out best practices; discuss successes, difficulties and solutions

4:00-4:30 p.m. – Day’s recap; debrief; look at tomorrow’s “split-shift” schedule

4:30 p.m. – Class dismissed


Tuesday, June 9

9:30-8:00 p.m. — “Split-Shift” (3-hour break between morning and afternoon sessions)

9:30-9:50 a.m. – News quiz and discussion

9:50 a.m.-1:00 p.m. — Webskills and WordPress

Instructor: Malik Singleton

Discussion on important digital media matters such as data visualization, online multimedia, advanced web search, analytics and SEO, digital copyright, plus Bootstrap and content management approaches in addition to WordPress

1:00-1:30 p.m. — CUNY J-School Library Access Explained

Instructor: Tinamarie Vella

Individual library access bar codes are distributed; resources and how to access them explained

1:30 p.m. — Class dismissed until 4:30 p.m.

4:30-5:00 p.m. — Debrief

5:00-8:00 p.m. — Photo basics

Instructor: Jim Estrin

Fellows pair up in this hands-on photojournalism class

8 p.m. — Class dismissed


Wednesday, June 10

9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. — All-day session

A-to-Z Smartphone Reporting

Instructor: Mo Krochmal

9:30-9:50 a.m. – News quiz and discussion

9:50-11:00 a.m. – Introduction: The emerging role of mobile in journalism; jobs; skills; storytelling

11:00-11:10 a.m. – Break

11:10 a.m.-12:10 p.m. – Equipment: Tech overview; accessories/hardware software apps; management

12:10-1:10 p.m. — Production: Photography: Shooting and editing; Audio: Capturing and editing; Video: Shooting and Editing; Writing: Caption writing and social media

1:10-2:00 p.m. – Lunch

2:00-3:30 p.m. – Street Reporting: Students pair off into teams to create a story pitch that will include interviews, narration and sequences; students then head out to report

3:30- 4 p.m. – Production: Students return to polish edit and publish their work

4:00-4:10 p.m. – Break

4:10-5:15 p.m. –Screening: Students introduce their work; share challenges and victories; and critique each other’s works

5:15-5:30 p.m. – Day’s recap; debriefing; and look at tomorrow

Instructors: Lisa Armstrong and Joanna Hernandez

5:30 p.m. – Class dismissed


Thursday, June 11

9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. — Morning and afternoon sessions

9:30-10: a.m. – News quiz and discussion

10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Reporting Basics

Instructor: Lisa Armstrong

Focus on elements of reporting and structure of stories

12:30-1 p.m. — Debrief; look ahead at tomorrow.

Instructors: Lisa Armstrong and Joanna Hernandez

1 p.m.-5:30 p.m. — Out on daybook reporting assignments


Friday, June 12

9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. — Morning and afternoon sessions

9:30-10:00 a.m. News quiz and discussion

10:00-12:30 p.m. — All About Audio

Instructor: Sean Carlson

Hands-on session: using Marantz recorder to teach basic sound principles, microphone use; working with Pro Tools

12:30 noon-1:00 p.m. —  Lunch

1-4:30 p.m. — Videojournalism

Instructor: Andre Lambertson

Hands-on session: working with Canon DSLR

4:30-5:30 p.m. — Check in on daybook reporting assignments, deadline reminder; debrief; look at Monday.

Instructors: Lisa Armstrong and Joanna Hernandez

5:30 p.m. — Class dismissed for weekend


Week 2

Monday, June 15 ­

9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. — Morning and afternoon sessions

9:30-10:00 a.m. — News quiz and discussion

10:00 a.m.-1 p.m. — Daybooks deconstructed

Instructors: Lisa Armstrong and Deb Stead

Critiques of daybook assignments; pitching, with drill (come up with story ideas); lesson that points out common grammar and punctuation misuses found in daybook assignments

1:00-2:00 p.m. — Lunch

2:00-4:00 p.m. — Digital Journalism

Instructor: Nicole Sanseverino

CBS digital journalist shares her story to illustrate the path to digital journalism; tips on having a successful internship; how to get a foot in the door; the good thing about knowing how to do everything from booking guests to one-man banding

4:00-4:30 p.m. — Debrief; go over again structure of rest of program; discussion on going out on first day of internships

4:30 p.m. — Class dismissed


Tuesday, June 16­

First Day of Knight CUNYJ internships at various media companies in New York City


Week 3

Monday, June 22

9:30-10:0 a.m. — News discussion

10:00-11:00 a.m. — Talk About Time

Instructor: Yahaira Castro

Discussion on fast-pace of producing journalism; the challenges of earning a professional degree; tips on time management and pursuing a balance between journalism work and having a life.

11:00-1:00 p.m. — Data Realization

Instructor: Sandeep Junnarkar

Discussion on the latest social media tools and using them for innovative ways to tell stories.

1:00-3:00 p.m. — Working lunch

Instructor: Lisa Armstrong

Viewing of documentaries; discussion on diversity and questions to ask in preparation of upcoming class Q&A with Soledad O’Brien

3:00-4:00 p.m. — Ethics and Journalism

Instructor: Lonnie Isabel

Frank discussion followed by question-and-answer session that focuses on ethical situations that journalists face

4:00-4:30 p.m. — Debriefing

4:30 p.m. – Class dismissed


Week 4

Monday, June 29

10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Research Basics

Instructor: Barbara Gray

12:30-2:00 p.m. — Working Lunch: Go over first draft of classroom assignment

Instructor: Lisa Armstrong

2:00-3:00 p.m. – Pass the Mike: Q&A Session with Soledad O’Brien

Speaker: Soledad O’Brien answers Knight CUNYJ fellows’ questions about journalism, diversity and careers

3:00 p.m. — Class dismissed to give fellows time to conduct additional reporting and rewrite classroom assignment


Week 5

Monday, July 6

10:00-11:00 a.m. — How to Diversify Your Sources / the Importance of Diversity in Experts

Instrucor: Lisa Skrilloff

11:00-1:00 p.m. — Go over stories (next draft due July 12; last draft July 19)

Instructor: Lisa Armstrong

2:oo-3:00 p.m. — Smartphone Reporting – touching base and giving feedback (video deadline moved to July 20; 250-word written report on “Problems Encountered and How I Overcame” due July 26)

Instructor: Mo Krochmal

3:00 p.m. — Class dismissed to give fellows time to conduct additional reporting, rewrite and edit video assignment

Week 6

Monday, July 13

10:30 a.m. — Receive instructions and assignment for next week’s Career Services session (resumes being reworked, fellows provided job descriptions for cover letter assignment)Instructor: Yolanda Rodriguez

10:45 a.m. — Leave J-School to head to the New York Times

11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. — Meet with Rich Jones, Associate Editor. Tour of the New York Times newsroom and building (Pulitzer Hall, Page One meeting room, etc., followed by lunch in Times cafeteria)

1:30 p.m. — Head back to J-School

2:00-3:00 p.m. — Fairness/balance: Reporting on issues that could hit too close to home

Instructor: Errol Louis

3:00-3:15 p.m. — Break

3:15-4:30 p.m. — Go over second draft of stories (last draft due July 19)

Instructor: Lisa Armstrong

4:30-6:30 p.m. – Hands-on WordPress session, Part 2

Instructor: Malik Singleton

Week 7

Monday, July 20

9:30-10:00 a.m. — Insight into the Admissions Process

Instructor: Colleen Marshall

10:00-10:45 a.m. — Go over Job Description and cover letters

Instructor: Yolanda Rodriguez

10:45-10:50 a.m. — Break

10:50-11:05 a.m. — Write a short bio: read aloud and time yourself (elevator speech)

Instructor: Yolanda Rodriguez

11:05-11:15 a.m. — Pair off fellows and they practice elevator speech, handshakes

Instructor: Yolanda Rodriguez

11:15-11:40 a.m. Create new fellow pairs, practice in front of class (with handshakes)

Instructor: Yolanda Rodriguez

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. — Navigating the Newsroom as a Journalist of Color

Instructor: Wil Cruz

12:45-1:30 p.m. — Break for Lunch

1:30-2:15 p.m. – The Future of Journalism

Instructor: Jeff Jarvis

2:15-5:00 p.m. — Mock interviews, class provides feedback

Instructor: Sharon Jautz

5:00 p.m. — Class dismissed


Week 8

Monday, July 27

10:45 a.m. — Meet at News Corp plaza on 48th Street and Sixth Avenue

11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. — Meet with Francisco Cortes, Vice President Fox News Latino; info and Q&A sessions; tour of Fox News and Fox News Latino newsrooms

12:30 p.m. — Head back to the J-School

1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. — End of program celebrations — buffet lunch in honor of Knight CUNYJ fellows; employers and mentors invited; certificates of achievement awarded

2:30-4:30 p.m. — Smartphone Reporting – The Show: Formal presentation of each fellow’s 2-minute smartphone story

Instructor: Mo Krochmal

4:30-5:00 p.m. — Debriefing; instructions given on mandatory Exit Survey

5:00 p.m. — Class dismissed for last time this summer


Friday, July 31

Last day of Knight CUNYJ internships


Saturday, August 1

All day: Fellows check out of The Towers dorms