August Academy for prospective CUNY jschoolers

CUNY is offering three days of *free* or low-cost workshops for prospective J-Schoolers this August, including food writing, photo — and a 3-hour workshop on arts reporting for radio with David Krasnow.


Details here: and below.



August Academy for Class of 2014 Applicants

Date & Time:

From August 6, 2012 to August 8, 2012


CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

219 W. 40th St.

New York, NY   10018

August Academy for Class of 2014 Applicants

This special series of enrichment classes is open to any prospective student who has commenced the application process for the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism’s Class of 2014. There is no cost to applicants for taking part in the August Academy. Candidates may select up to three courses.

If you are interested in applying to the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and registering for August Academy, please email Assistant Dean Stephen Dougherty, director of admissions & student affairs, or call him at 646-758-7731.

Monday, August 6

9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Food Writing  Indrani Sen, Adjunct Faculty, Room 434

Writing about food must be as simple as eating and cooking it, right? Wrong. Food writing requires more than a fine-tuned palate and a good recipe for holiday cookies. Locavores, the Farm Bill, food safety scares, commodity prices, environmental justice – in this post-Michael Pollan era, food writing is increasingly complex. The good news is it’s also a growing field. Gourmet magazine is gone, but the fertile landscape of localized or specialized food web sites, blogs and food zines is still expanding, and general interest publications have increased their food coverage. Voices of NY Editor Indrani Sen leads this workshop that will introduce students to the fundamentals of food writing. Sen, who has taught Craft of Journalism at the CUNY J-School, is a former Newsday reporter who has written for The New York Times dining section and Saveur magazine, among other publications.

1-4 p.m.
Social Media for Journalists – Mitch Trinka, Room 434
Whether you’re a Twitter newbie or a master Tweeter, here’s your chance to dive in deep. During the first half of this session, we will explore how social media tools – from Twitter and Facebook to LinkedIn and Pinterest – can spark story ideas, reveal trends, and connect you with new sources. In addition to covering social media ethics and etiquette, we will explore best practices and tips, tricks, and tools. During the second half of the workshop, discover how social media can help you build your brand in the new world of Web 3.0. We will explore how leading journalists and news organizations are capitalizing on social networks to reach out to readers, viewers, and communities. Class of 2010 alumnus Mitch Trinka now works as community manager for the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and is a multimedia teaching fellow at the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism.

5-8 p.m.
Art of the Personal Essay – Magazine Editor Paula Derrow, Room 432
At the heart of every personal essay is a memory—and any memory can be the starting point for a personal essay or a memoir, for that matter. The trick is learning how to access your memories, then using them as a jumping off point for something larger. In this three-hour workshop taught by Paula Derrow, SELF magazine’s articles director and editor of the Self Expression column, we’ll use writing prompts to spur your memory, to warm up your writing muscles, to get you thinking about details, sights, sounds, smells that you may not have thought of in a long time. We will then read each other’s results and discuss the elements that make for a compelling personal essay. Besides in class writing, we will also talk about the basics of pitching personal essays, the difference between personal essay and a blog or diary, and various techniques that make for effective personal writing. (Limit: 15 students.)

Tuesday, August 7

9 a.m.-Noon
Constant Culture: Reporting the Arts for Radio, Studio 360 Senior Editor David Krasnow, Room 436

Join veteran editor and radio producer David Krasnow as he dissects the experience of making a story, from pitch to broadcast, at the national arts and culture program Studio 360. Students will learn what makes not just good, but great arts reporting. Bonus: Bring that story idea you’ve been tossing around and if you’re brave enough to pitch to the crowd, David will give you his two cents. (Limit: 20 students)

David Krasnow is the senior editor of “Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen,” public radio’s weekly national program on the arts and pop culture. As an editor and writer, he has worked in various media covering music, art, design, land use, history, science, and health care. Formerly the reviews editor of Artforum, he has contributed to the Village Voice, Jazz Times, Metropolis, The New York Observer, and The Wire, and remains a contributing editor for Bomb. He teaches radio writing to print journalists at Mediabistro and has appeared as a panelist at the Third Coast International Audio Festival and the Public Radio Program Directors conference. He began filing for “Studio 360″ with a profile of experimental musician Pauline Oliveros and joined the staff in 2003. For the program’s American Icons series, he produced features on Andy Warhol’s soup cans, the folk ballad “John Henry,” and Jimi Hendrix’s “Star-Spangled Banner.” He was first on air at age 17 on his college station, WESU.

1-5 p.m.
News Photography – John Smock, Adjunct Faculty, Room 438
This workshop led by veteran photojournalist John Smock will help you improve your photographic skills for use in all media. We will cover the technical and conceptual aspects of basic camera usage, composition, visual vocabulary, photo editing, lighting, and Photoshop. You will learn how to handle portraits, news conferences, politics, intimate photo essays, and international conflicts. You will also learn how to photograph while recording audio, shooting video, or reporting for print. Whether you are a beginner or intermediate photographer, you will learn the tricks of the trade that professional photojournalists use.

5:30-8 p.m.
Meet the Students and Faculty Reception, 3rd Floor Cafe Area

Wednesday, August 8

10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Freelancing Workshop – Tim Harper, Adjunct Faculty, Room 308
We’ll cover generating ideas, understanding markets, getting to the right editor, pitching the story, and contracts and rights issues. Students will also write in-class pitches, to be critiqued on the spot, for magazines and web sites. Longtime independent journalist Tim Harper, a CUNY J-School Craft professor and writing coach, will teach the class. He has written a dozen books, helped many other writers with their books, and written hundreds of articles for markets ranging from Atlantic magazine to airline publications.


➢ Candidates should go to the CUNY Graduate Center Online Application.

➢ Fill out the first two sections entitled Applicant Information, Pages 1 and 2.

➢ Send a copy of your current resume and a personal statement of up to 1,000 words detailing your interest in Journalism, the reasons why you have decided to apply to the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, and the elements of your background you feel will enable you to succeed in the program and the profession to either:

Steve Dougherty,
Colleen Marshall,

Once you have completed the application, please send your selection of up to three August Academy classes in an email to either Steve or Colleen. You will be sent an email confirmation of your registration when complete, along with details regarding program participation.

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