Housing is available for students 16 and older.
Summer Session II only (July 7 - August 16, 2014)
Summer Journalism at NYU is for Pre-College students (rising juniors and seniors) with an interest in learning journalism skills against a backdrop of New York City's East Village and nearby Brooklyn neighborhoods. A professional newsroom atmosphere is created by our collaboration with New York magazine.
Four or eight college credits during the second summer term.
If you require summer housing in an NYU dorm, click second website link in Contact section below.
The program is held at The NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, 20 Cooper Square, East Village, New York City.
2014 Course Offerings
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday | Noon - 2pm | Four college credits.
This course is for pre-college students who want exposure to the craft at a beginner's level. It's a class in gathering and writing the news, including news evaluation, reporting and writing techniques, and specialized beats, with New York City, especially Downtown New York and its nearby Brooklyn neighbors, as the lab.
It's designed to provide extensive practice. It covers how reporters are assigned stories, how stories are planned and written, and journalism ethics and responsibilities. Students report and write stories under newsroom conditions. For students with and without prior journalism studies or experience. With multimedia support.
The Personal Essay
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday | 2:00 - 4:00 pm | Four college credits
Do you have something to say? A story to tell? An application essay to write? An original voice? This course will nurture that voice, help shape the stories, sharpen your skills. The personal essay is a popular form of nonfiction writing, cherished by both writers and readers, but crafting a successful essay is a difficult skill.
How can we be self-revealing without being self-indulgent? How can we make our own experiences powerful for others? In this course, students will read some of the best essays around, from Langston Hughes and Joan Didion to Oliver Sacks to Marjorie Williams and other writers and write their own, taking each one through several drafts. The heart of the course will be close reading and editing of student work. For students' with and without prior journalism studies or experience.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday | 10:00 am - noon | Four college credits
Have you ever gone to a four-star/two-thumbs up film and fallen asleep? Were you shocked when “Once” won the Tony for Best Musical? Do you secretly think that “Breaking Bad” is a lot more poignant than Hamlet? Do you wonder why novels about love and family by men are Great Novels and novels about love and family by women are chick lit? Could your grandma paint some of that stuff in the Museum of Modern Art?
Culture Vulture is a course in reading, writing and thinking about the art of criticism. Students will be introduced to some of the best and most important cultural critics and to some of the key critical debates of the last decades. What makes something “high” or “low” culture? Is “taste” just a matter of opinion? How much does the race of an author matter? Why can we scream at a concert but talk in whispers at a museum? Now that the Internet has made everyone a critic, do the “official” critics matter? We’ll take advantage of our location in New York city and inhale culture -- art, film, theater, books, TV -- and then learn to write about it, both as arts reporters and as cultural critics.
Writing the Body
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday | 4:00pm - 6:00pm | Four college credits
To what extent are we our bodies? Do we inhabit them, flee them, celebrate them, transcend them? How do others “read” our bodies? Are we accepted by our culture … admired … despised? Writing the Body is a course for everyone with a body – a male body, a female body, a body of uncertain gender.
We will read a wide variety of individual body-centered accounts (What is it like to be a quadriplegic and only be able to move your mouth? What is it like to be very fat?) and cultural analyses (If egg and sperm both move to meet in the Fallopian tube, who decided to call the sperm active and the egg passive? Is plastic surgery barbaric or empowering?) Topics discussed will include – but not be limited to – beauty, weight, sex, rape, menstruation, abortion, penis size, transgender identity, body modification (tattoos, piercing and beyond), disability, and race. In addition to extensive reading and discussion, students will write several versions of their own stories of embodiment.