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One-on-One Journalism Courses

Our journalism programs offer students the opportunity to explore modern culture and media. While working on assigned articles, students learn valuable research and observational techniques. They develop their composition skills by translating this research into a detailed outline. Using the outline as a guidepost, and with coaching from the instructor, students will generate a first draft. As the journalism course progresses, the tutor will review this draft on multiple occasions, using each opportunity to provide feedback. As the piece nears completion, instructor and student will work on copyediting, with the goal of completing an article worthy of publication.

Our journalism courses have three goals:

  1. Build the student’s core writing skills.
  2. Increase the student’s exposure to the theory and practice of journalism.
  3. Develop multiple finished articles that can strengthen the student’s writing portfolio and be submitted for publication.

A typical journalism program will involve the tutor and student meeting once per week for 60-90 minutes. The instructor will likely assign between 2 and 6 articles for the student to research and write. At the outset, the program may focus intensively on the skills of observation, research, and composition, while later assignments may come at a more rapid pace to emulate the deadline-driven journalism environment.

Our Journalism Instructors:
Our team of Journalism instructors includes the tutors below. Click on the instructor’s short profile to access his or her full profile:

Katrina G.-S., M.A.
Katrina G.-S., M.A.
Education

Boston University, MA, Earhart Fellow in Journalism & Sociology
Boston College, BA in Theater Arts


Summary of Experience

Katrina’s travel essays have been published by NPR, National Geographic, The Christian Science Monitor, and CNN-go, among others. Her children’s book, Ma, The Search for Silence, is forthcoming from Little, Brown, and Company in 2013. She taught writing at the prestigious Kikokushijo Academy in Tokyo, where she was also a TV Journalist and Producer for NHK- World, and for Atraves in Nicaragua.

Danielle M., M.F.A.
Danielle M., M.F.A.
Education

Emerson College, MFA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing
Georgetown University, BA in Psychology
Phillips Academy, Andover


Summary of Experience

Currently a member of the English faculty at Lawrence Academy, Danielle also works with the Academy's College Office, assisting students with the college-essay writing process. She has also taught at Andover's summer school, where she instructed students in the rigorous MS² program and edited the program's alumni magazine. Before becoming a teacher, Danielle worked as a writer and journalist for The Boston Phoenix.

Cara K., M.Ed.
Cara K., M.Ed.
Education

Lesley University, MEd
Northwestern University, BSJ, Medill School of Journalism


Summary of Experience

A private tutor and teacher, Cara combines concrete feedback with encouragement to help students become concise, clear, and effective writers. With a background in journalism and experience in communications, she tutors students in journalism and professional writing in addition to academic writing and admission essays.

Marisa H., M.F.A.
Marisa H., M.F.A.
Education

University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, MFA in Fiction Writing
Fulbright Fellow in Creative Writing to India
University of California, Berkeley, BA in English and Interdisciplinary Studies Field, Phi Beta Kappa


Summary of Experience

As a teacher, tutor, and workshop leader, Marisa's students have ranged from struggling writers to M.F.A. candidates. She has taught at universities including Stanford and U.C. Berkeley in composition, nonfiction, poetry, and fiction. Her memoir Loyal to the Sky (2007) won the Nautilus Gold Award for World-Changing Books. In 2010, she received a Fulbright fellowship in Creative Writing.

Ian C., M.A.R.
Ian C., M.A.R.
Education

Boston College, PhD in Philosophy (Expected)
Yale University, MAR in Philosophy of Religion, magna cum laude
Oxford University, Visiting Student in Political Philosophy
Gordon College, BA in Political Studies, summa cum laude 


Summary of Experience

Ian began to tutor while a graduate student at Yale, initially focusing on test preparation and then expanding to academic writing and admission essays. His own writing spans scholarly, journalistic, and professional fields. Ian writes about art and culture for several national publications, including The Wall Street Journal, where he was also a Bartley Fellow.


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