This course aims to improve students’ knowledge of some of the greatest journalists of all time. It will also improve students’ writing skills, and introduce them to beautiful, classic work. A new elective, Great Journalists is being offered for the first time in January 2008.
Students will discover dozens of great journalists. We will examine how and why they did their work, what they overcame in doing so, and how this work changed the world and themselves.
Amazing characters include James Cameron, the only journalist to have a ringside seat at three atomic bomb blasts. Edith Tarbell will be considered, who before women even had the vote had the guts to tackle Rockefeller and the robber barons. We’ll look at Ida B. Wells, too: a black woman who opened a newspaper aimed at exposing lynchings and racism when most media were ignoring the truth. We’ll dig into the work of Joseph Howe, Joan Didion, Peter Gzowski, and Seymour Hersh. Cartoonists, documentary filmmakers, and Hunter S. Thompson are all part of the package.
This course will involve a lot of reading, a fair amount of discussion, and will, I think, be a lot of fun. At its end students will have a serious understanding of the great journalists in whose footsteps they are hoping to follow.