Journalism and Creative Writing Specialization

The Journalism and Creative Writing specialization helps students develop the research, interviewing, writing, editing and multimedia storytelling skills that are crucial to success across a broad spectrum of fields and professions in this information age. 

Our faculty of professional writers and editors will teach you to research, report, interview, and write about urban affairs, politics, crime and the courts, arts and culture, law, education, science, sports and many other topics.  Students have an opportunity, through the Media Internship program, to gain professional experience during their studies. All students are invited to showcase their reporting, writing and editing skills through participation in Dollars & Sense, the national-award-winning Baruch College magazine.  The program also features opportunities for student awards, paid internships, and full-tuition fellowships.

For creative writing students, this specialization, which is affiliated with the extraordinary Harman Writer-in-Residence program, can help you to improve your own writing.  You will find your own voice, as you experiment with a range of writing forms, including biography, creative non-fiction, fiction, and screenwriting – and expand your ability to create literary prose that reflects both your talent and critical thinking skills.

Program Prerequisite:

JRN 2500  The Individual and the News in the Information Age
3 credits

Core Journalism Curriculum (15 credits):

JRN 3050  Journalistic Writing
4 credits

JRN 3220  Media Ethics
3 credits

JRN 3500  Advanced Reporting and Writing
4 credits
or
JRN 3510 Multimedia Reporting
4 credits

JRN 5050  Media Internship I (offered each fall)
4 credits

JRN 5051  Media Internship II (offered each spring)
4 credits

JRN 5052  Summer Media Internship
4 credits
or
JRN 4920 Narrative Writing (ENG 4920)
4 credits

Specialization Electives (9-11 credits):

JRN 3060  Feature Article Writing
3 credits

JRN 3064  Photojournalism (ART 3064)
3 credits

JRN 3065  Electronic Research Methods and Resources for Writers (LIB 3065)
3 credits

JRN 3100  Copy Edition
3 credits

JRN 3200  Business and Financial Writing
4 credits

JRN 3210  Television Field Reporting
3 credits

JRN 3280  Documentary Film (ENG 3280)
3 credits

JRN 3300  Science Communication
3 credits

JRN 3400  Journalistic Criticism and Reviewing
3 credits

JRN 3450  Journalistic Blogging
3 credits

JRN 3600  Creative Nonfiction
3 credits

JRN 3610  Workshop: Fiction Writing (ENG 3610)
3 credits

JRN 3615  Sudden Fiction - Crafting Short Short Stories (ENG 3615)
3 credits

JRN 3630  Workshop: Playwriting (THE 3052)
3 credits

JRN 3650  Workshop: Film and Television Writing
3 credits

JRN 3800  Environmental Reporting
3 credits

JRN 3900  Topics in Journalism
3 credits

JRN 4200  Press Coverage of Politics and Policy
3 credits

JRN 4220  A Century of Muckraking: Investigating Corporations, Corruption and Governmental Crooks
3 credits

JRN 4730  Journalism and the Literary Imagination
3 credits

JRN 4750  Investigative Reporting
3 credits

JRN 4920  Narrative Writing (ENG 4920)
4 credits

JRN 5000-5002  Independent Study in Journalism
Variable

JRN 5050  Media Internship I (offered each fall)
4 credits

JRN 5051  Media Internship II (offered each spring)
4 credits

JRN 5052  Summer Media Internship
4 credits

JRN 6001H-6002H  Journalism Honors I and II
3 credits

Plus

Two courses in Literature at the 3000 level or above
6 credits

Contact

Department of Journalism and the Writing Professions (646) 312-3974
Prof. Josh Mills (646) 312-3937

The City University of New York