This course will train students to be part of the public discussion as writers. This will be a practical and pragmatic course, in which students will learn how to report and write these essential types of articles -- an op-ed essay, a personal narrative, and a work of cultural criticism -- and will execute at least two drafts of each type. Students will also be expected to help workshop one another's articles during class. In addition, the course will provide students with instruction in the core principles of journalistic ethics; the process of "pitching" articles to publications as a free-lance writer; and the effective and ethically proper use of social media to help one build a presence as a public intellectual rather than merely a self-promoter.

Note: Enrollment limited to 16 students.