ENGLISH 322 - Community Journalism
Winter 2020, Section 001 - Community Journalism: The Art and Practice of Narrative Nonfiction
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
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In this course, students will gain an exciting insider’s look into the world of journalism by partnering with practicing journalists and pursuing an in-depth writing project from field notes to publication. Working together, students and journalists will define and develop a project—either a series of stories or a long-form investigative piece—and in the process explore the critical thinking, ethical considerations and journalistic practices that go into preparing a story for public consumption. Students will learn how to make a story relevant to readers, how to deploy context and background in storytelling, how to interview sources and gather critical information, and how to navigate questions of objectivity and subjectivity to tell the true stories of Southeast Michigan.

Half of the credit hours will be devoted to work with a journalist outside the classroom; the other half will focus on classroom instruction.

Much of our class time will be spent engaging in an ongoing, rigorous conversation about individual writing projects as they unfold. In addition, we will read and discuss selected works produced by the journalists connected to the course, who will also join us as guest speakers. These journalists include Anna Clark, author of The Poisoned City: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy; Ron French, staff journalist at Bridge Magazine, Steven Henderson, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist based in Detroit; and Jennifer Guerra, staff journalist at Michigan Radio.

Course Requirements:

Requirements include brief presentations, short reflection essays, and an end-of-project summary and analysis. By the end of the semester, students will have gained valuable insight into the way journalists work within their communities all while producing stories fit for publication.


ENGLISH 322 - Community Journalism
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
 In Person
Tu 5:00PM - 8:00PM
Note: Interested students should add themselves to the course waitlist and then send an unofficial transcript and writing sample of no more than 15 double-spaced pp (pdf or word document) to Professor Hinken at hinkenm@umich.edu. To receive priority consideration, students should submit these materials by 5pm on December 6. After this deadline, acceptance to the course will be on a case-by-case basis until the course is full.

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