Cross Registration Spring 2014
Registration Information for Non-Journalism Students
Cross Registration for Spring 2014 will run from January 13, 2014 - January 31, 2014.
To request cross registration in a Journalism School course, please complete the form at http://fs8.formsite.com/cjdos/Cross_Registration/
Please note that this is only a REQUEST and we cannot guarantee your request will be accommodated.
For the most part, spots in J-School classes are assigned to non-Journalism graduate students on a space available basis (with top priority given to IMC SIPA students).
Cross registration request forms are processed on a first come, first served basis.
If your form is submitted correctly you will receive a request confirmation e-mail within 24 hours. Please remember to include the @columbia.edu after your UNI.
You will NOT receive an e-mail from my office saying that your request was granted or not granted.
To learn if your request was granted, you must keep checking your class schedule on the web using https://ssol.columbia.edu/. All requests remain on file during the cross registration period (Jan 13 - Jan 31 at 10:00 a.m.).
You do not need to submit multiple forms for the same cross registration request. If I am able to grant requests I do it as soon as possible but sometimes it takes days for a space to open in a class. Sometimes the space never opens up.
Please remember that you are submitting a cross registration REQUEST. There is no guarantee that I will be able to approve your request. Until you see a change reflected on your class schedule on STUDENT SERVICES ONLINE ( https://ssol.columbia.edu/), your request has not been approved.
If you have more than one course for which you want to be considered, please submit a separate form for each class.
Course Offerings for Spring 2014 (additional courses will be added):
Environmental Reporting - 6 points
Tuesday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
The environmental beat is wide-ranging, requiring that reporters understand many different realms, including basic science, public health, law, business, and politics. Through extensive readings, visits with working journalists and scientists studying issues such as climate change and toxicology, and various kinds of assignments, students taking this class will learn to how to report on, think about, and compellingly write about this complex and important beat.
Immigration Reporting - 6 points
Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.**
**The seminar will run from 9:30-noon on Tuesdays; some weeks there also will be an associated brown-bag film series which will run over the lunch hour, from 12:30-2:30 p.m.
There are few issues in the world today that are as crucial and defining as how to deal with the seemingly endless flow of immigrants making their way to wealthier countries. Even the war against terrorism, which since 9/11 has become a national obsession, has been framed as an immigration challenge: who comes in; who stays out. In this class you’ll become familiar with key concepts every reporter in the 21st century needs to master to expertly cover the immigration beat anywhere in the world –from legal terms to ethical issues. You’ll learn how countries–from South Africa to Germany and from France to the United States- struggle with their own evolving sense of identity and values in an age of porous borders, the Internet and cheaper, faster mobility. By the end of the course, you'll be writing about immigration with a wide perspective, an international scope and a firm grasp of the issues.
The Journalist as Historian - 3 points
Wednesday, 1-5 p.m.
A good work of history reads like a novel in which all the details are facts. In this course, students will learn to frame a piece of history as a story, uncover sources, and transform evidence into an accurate narrative that casts the past and present in a new light. We will discuss how to find and use archives, and will look at sources including memoirs, court records, newspaper reports, and popular culture.
To build a repertoire of techniques for long-form writing, we will read and analyze examples of fine historical writing, and will discuss how to uncover a plot line and character development in actual events. Examining historical writing on the Israeli-Arab conflict and American race relations, we will look at the relationship between facts, national narratives, current politics and the writer's personal perspective, and at the impact of new writing on existing narratives. In short, we'll ask whether and how a writer can quite literally change history.
In their own work, students will first define their subject and write a working outline. They will then find sources and write one extended episode of the story, describing a particular moment, incident, character or development. Finally, they will rewrite the segment and fill out their initial outline in response to new sources and workshop discussion of their writing. Students who plan to work in film or other media are welcome in the class and will arrange equivalent assignments.
National Affairs Reporting - 6 points
Tuesday, 6 - 8:30 p.m.
We will work as though we are the New York bureau of a West Coast newspaper with a major web site. Our task will be to cover, each week, a story using New York area resources and national outreach. The concentration will be on taking an idea and making it something that has far more than local interest. We will explore aging, health, crime and a number of other issues. Each week, we will have as a guest a journalist involved in the coverage of the topic or an expert in the issue , whom you will interview. You will pitch a story -- not a topic, a news story -- on the subject and write a story by deadline. Our stories will include video, audio and digital components. In the last class, we'll have won ton soup.
Also, please be certain that you are not requesting a class that conflicts with any of your other classes.
Direct any questions to Melanie Huff at firstname.lastname@example.org