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Spring 2015-2016
* JRN 452 (SA)   na, npdf

Digital Journalism - Writing about Digital Culture

David Kushner

Digital culture is rapidly transforming our world. This course covers the essentials of chronicling this new technology and the lives of its creators and consumers. It's about learning to apply your skills of observation and analysis to fast-moving targets: social networks, video games, hackers, and more. Reporting these stories of innovation, obsession, and empowerment touches on the realms of art, business, policy, and science.

Sample reading list:
Nancy Jo Sales, "Tinder and the Dawn of the Dating Apocalypse"
Jose Antonio Vargas, "The Face of Facebook"
Ariel Levy, "Trial by Twitter"
David Kushner, Masters of Doom
Michael Joseph Gross, "A Declaration of Cyber-War"
Peter Rubin, "The Inside Story of Oculus Rift"

Reading/Writing assignments:
6-8 hours of preparation a week, consisting of reading and writing. Weekly short assignments; one longer project. Bi-weekly individual meetings with the professor.

Requirements/Grading:
Papers - 70%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
If the course fills, you may email ldetitta@princeton.edu to be put on the waiting list. Please include a paragraph about the reasons for your interest in the course..

Other information:
David Kushner is the author of Masters of Doom, Jonny Magic and the Card Shark Kids, Levittown, Jacked, and The Bones of Marianna. A contributing editor of Rolling Stone, he writes for publications including The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and New York Times Magazine. He won the New York Press Club award for Best Feature Reporting. The course includes an optional tour of the offices of a magazine or dot com in New York.

Reserved Seats:
Freshmen Only 3
Juniors Only 5
Seniors Only 3

Website:  http://humanities.princeton.edu

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40026 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm T   Henry House   16   Enrolled:12 Limit:16