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Journalism Director Discusses Teaching the Pandemic

Joe Stephens, director of the Program in Journalism and a Ferris Professor of Journalism in the Humanities Council, recently participated in a Q&A about how Princeton University professors incorporated the coronavirus and the pandemic’s effects into their course material during the spring 2021 semester. Stephens extensively revamped his media literacy course “The Media in America: […] »

Journalism Lunch Talk: Love, Life and Death in an Uncommon Situation

By Lisa Kraege On March 18, the Program in Journalism hosted Joe Richman, founder of Radio Diaries and visiting Ferris Professor of Journalism in the Humanities Council, in sharing some of his recent work during a lunchtime talk. Titled “Love From Six Feet Apart: Telling Stories From the Pandemic,” the event focused on capturing and […] »

Objectivity and the News Discussed by Panel of Journalists and Professors

By Lisa Kraege Objectivity and the News: Reexamining Facts, Truths, and Fairness, a panel discussion hosted by the Program in Journalism on February 16, brought together journalists and professors for a lively, thoughtful conversation about objectivity and the current state of the news media. Watch the full discussion here. Joe Stephens, the director of the […] »

Program in Journalism Presents Spring Event Schedule

Spring 2021 will be bursting with of-the-moment events presented by the Humanities Council’s Program in Journalism. Interactive discussions — featuring diverse topics with ripped-from-the-headlines immediacy — will address everything from fairness in reporting to the sounds of refugees’ migration to stories of love in quarantine. The slate of events launches at 4:30 p.m. ET on February 16 […] »

Certificate student Naomi Hess writes about Journalism program for Admissions

Naomi Hess, a junior in the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, has written a new post for Admissions’ Undergraduate Student Blog about her experience in the Humanities Council‘s Program in Journalism. “I found a home for my love of the written word within the Journalism department,” Hess shares. “Princeton’s journalism classes are consistently […] »

Journalism Certificate Student Sophie Li Wins Rhodes Scholarship

Princeton University senior Sophie Li has won the Rhodes Scholarship for Hong Kong. The prestigious fellowship funds one to three years of graduate study at the University of Oxford, where she will pursue an M.Sc. in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies. Li, who is concentrating in politics, is also pursuing a certificate from the Humanities Council’s […] »

Program in Journalism Spring 2021 Courses Announced

In Spring 2021 the Program in Journalism will offer five courses open to students from all majors. For more information about all JRN courses, including cross-lists, visit journalism.princeton.edu/courses/. Students may contact Margo Bresnen, Journalism Program Manager, at mbresnen@princeton.edu with any questions or to be added to a waitlist. JRN CORE COURSES JRN 260 (SA)THE MEDIA IN AMERICA: WHAT TO […] »

Program in Journalism Welcomes 2020-2021 Visiting Professors

Princeton University’s Program in Journalism is delighted to welcome its new cohort of distinguished journalists to serve as visiting professors in its internationally known writing seminars for the 2020-2021 academic year. The Humanities Council will host the renowned reporters and authors, each of whom will teach an intensive course for one semester. The visiting faculty will join the […] »

Ben Taub ’14, Juliet Eilperin ’92 Awarded Pulitzer Prizes

Two University alumni were awarded 2020 Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism this week. Ben Taub ’14, a staff writer at The New Yorker, received the Pulitzer for Feature Writing for “Guantánamo’s Darkest Secret,” which the jury described as “a devastating account of a man who was kidnapped, tortured and deprived of his liberty for more than a […] »

Program in Journalism Shares Roster of Fall 2020 Courses

The Program in Journalism is pleased to share its roster of Fall 2020 courses open to students from all majors. JRN’s popular seminars draw on the world’s most distinguished journalists as faculty. They have no prerequisites and fulfill requirements toward the program’s undergraduate certificate. For full course descriptions and cross-listed JRN courses, visit: https://journalism.princeton.edu/courses/ One course in […] »

Journalism Revised Grading Policy

In view of the current public health emergency, and the movement of University courses online, the Program in Journalism has revised its grading policy for spring 2020. For this semester only, in accordance with guidance from the Dean of Faculty, the Program in Journalism has extended the P/D/F option to students in all undergraduate JRN […] »

John McPhee’s Legendary Course Meets the Moment

By Margo Bresnen After the most extraordinary spring break in recent memory, Princeton University resumed classes yesterday—virtually, in light of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Among the first to tackle the change was JRN/CWR 240: Creative Non-Fiction, a course that John McPhee ’53 has taught on campus for the last 45 years. For the first time, […] »

University, Daily Princetonian Report on Signature Journalism Event

The Humanities Council’s Program in Journalism hosted a panel discussion yesterday afternoon featuring visiting Ferris Professors of Journalism Carol Giacomo and Suzy Hansen and professors Kim Lane Scheppele and Gary Bass from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, which co-sponsored the event. More than 100 people came to hear the panelists discuss […] »

University Homepage Features Audio Journalism Course

The University story titled “The Art of Radio Reporting: Finding stories that ‘whisper in the listener’s ear,’” features the Fall 2019 reporting trip to Mound Bayou, Mississippi led by Joe Richman, founder and executive producer of Radio Diaries, for his course “Audio Journalism: The Art of Narrative Storytelling for Radio and Podcasts.” He was joined […] »

Princeton Alumni Weekly Devotes Issue to “Future of Journalism”

In Princeton Alumni Weekly‘s annual “theme” issue, the focus is journalism. The Humanities Council‘s Program in Journalism is featured throughout the magazine, which is full of articles by and about current and former journalism students and visiting journalism professors. Allie Spensley ’20 recounts the tradition of student-journalism on campus, while Iris Samuels ’19—one of the […] »
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Journalist and Princeton Graduate Maria Ressa Named Baccalaureate Speaker

Maria Ressa, a 1986 Princeton graduate and CEO and executive editor of the Philippines-based online news organization Rappler.com, has been selected as the speaker for the University’s 2020 Baccalaureate ceremony.  During a visit to the University in April 2019,  Ressa met with students and faculty in the Program in Journalism over dinner and sat with The Daily […] »
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Seniors Alagappan and Malhotra Win Rhodes Scholarships

Seniors Serena Alagappan and Ananya Agustin Malhotra have been awarded Rhodes Scholarships for graduate study at the University of Oxford. They are among 32 American recipients of the prestigious fellowships, which fund two to three years of graduate study at Oxford. The students will begin their studies at Oxford in September 2020. In a statement, […] »
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Panel Discusses Journalism In a Time of Doubt and Disinformation

Watch the full discussion here. “Trust Us? Journalism In a Time of Doubt and Disinformation,” a panel discussion hosted by the Program in Journalism, brought a packed audience of journalists, scholars, members of the University, and people from the surrounding community into McCormick 101 on Monday, Nov. 11. The discussion concerned one of the most […] »
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Ferris Professor Errin Haines Whack on the Role of Race in the 2020 Elections

Visiting Ferris Professor of Journalism Errin Haines Whack discussed “The Role of Race in the 2020 Elections” at an lively lunch on Thursday, October 17. Discussant Ali Valenzuela, Assistant Professor of Politics, facilitated the conversation, hosted by the Program in Journalism. In attendance were faculty and administrators from the Program in Journalism and departments across […] »

Senior Profile: Jordan Salama ’19 Talks About the Impact of Journalism, at Princeton and Beyond

Watch the video Jordan Salama ’19 discusses the impact had by Princeton University’s Program in Journalism on his undergraduate experience and beyond. Salama was among the first cohort of students to receive a certificate in Journalism, after having taken courses with Ferris Professors John McPhee, Joe Richman, and Pico Iyer. At the program’s senior colloquium, Salama presented […] »

Journalism Senior Lohmann Explores the Environmental Destruction of Naru

Jack Lohmann, an English major and a certificate student in Journalism and Environmental Studies, spent a month on the Pacific island of Nauru for his senior thesis documenting life and politics in a destroyed environment. He presented his work to a panel of distinguished journalists at the recent Journalism Colloquium moderated by Joe Stephens, Ferris […] »

Ferris Professors Join Campus Communicators at Princeton Writes Symposium

Ferris Professors John McPhee, Nick Chiles, and Pico Iyer, joined faculty and staff at the symposium titled “Connect: Harnessing the Power of Words.” The keynote was delivered by former Ferris Professor and founder of Radio Diaries, Joe Richman who spoke about how we can embrace our humanity by telling “extraordinary stories of ordinary life.” Read […] »

Princeton’s Program in Journalism Announces 2019–2020 Visiting Professors

Princeton University’s Program in Journalism has named eight distinguished journalists as visiting professors for the 2019–2020 academic year. The Humanities Council, which is home to the Program in Journalism, will host this group of renowned journalists, each of whom will teach an intensive seminar and participate in the life of the University over the course […] »

Journalist Maria Ressa on Freedom of the Press and Combating Disinformation

In a whirlwind 24-hour visit to Princeton on April 8 and 9, Maria Ressa, a 1986 alumna and CEO and executive editor of the Philippines-based online news organization Rappler.com, spoke with students, faculty and the campus community in forums large and small. She also felt safe — which is not her everyday modus operandi. On […] »

Pico Iyer’s Course Featured on the University Homepage

Exploring the idea of place is taking students enrolled in essayist Pico Iyer’s spring journalism course well beyond the geographic coordinates of the Princeton campus. “Issues about home and belonging and juggling cultures are going to be a theme throughout their lives,” said Iyer, a visiting lecturer in the Humanities Council and a Ferris Professor […] »

Certificate Student Salama Navigates Colombia’s Magdalena River for Senior Thesis

Jordan Salama, a Spanish and Portuguese major and Journalism certificate student, is producing a nonfiction book of travel writing about the people and places along Colombia’s main river, the Magdalena. John McPhee, whose course “Creative Non-Fiction” Salama took in his sophomore year, says of his former student, “In my course, Jordan’s performance was consistently on the highest level. This […] »

Apply Now for Journalism’s 2019 Summer Seminar in Greece

The Humanities Council and the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies invite you to join the Program in Journalism this summer for a challenging, innovative course in which students become eyewitnesses to history. Offered at no cost to selected students, this seminar fulfills the fieldwork experience requirement for Journalism’s new certificate. Combining classroom work with field […] »

Prince Names McPhee’s “Creative Non-Fiction” a “Widely Popular Spring Course”

John McPhee‘s “Creative Non-Fiction” course, one of the University’s longest running classes, was featured in a front-page story on “popular spring courses” in today’s edition of The Daily Princetonian. McPhee, a Ferris Professor of Journalism in Residence, has taught writing at Princeton since 1975. He recently published The Patch, his 33rd book, and was awarded […] »

Stephens Named Founding Director of the new Program in Journalism

Joe Stephens, an award-winning investigative reporter and former long-time Washington Post staff writer, has been named the founding director of the Humanities Council’s new Program in Journalism, effective July 1, 2018. In April, Princeton’s faculty voted unanimously to formalize journalism into a program and offer students, for the first time, an undergraduate certificate. The move […] »

Princeton Faculty Vote to Approve New Certificate Program in Journalism

In acknowledgement of ever-growing student interest in journalism, the faculty of Princeton University voted unanimously yesterday to offer, for the first time, an undergraduate certificate in journalism. The move is part of a sweeping overhaul of the University’s storied journalism seminars, aimed at meeting a swelling demand for journalism courses and recognizing the evolution of […] »

Journalism at Princeton Announces 2018–2019 Visiting Professors

Ten distinguished journalists and nonfiction writers have been named visiting professors in Princeton University’s Ferris Seminars in Journalism for the 2018–2019 academic year. Each of the award-winning reporters and renowned authors will come to the Humanities Council, home to the Ferris Seminars, for a full semester to teach an intensive, intimate course and contribute to […] »

University Profiles Audio Journalism Course in Video

A University-produced video profile of JRN 450, Audio Journalism: Storytelling for Radio Documentaries and Podcasts, is currently on the homepage. Taught by visiting Ferris Professor of Journalism Joe Richman, the founder and executive producer of NPR’s Radio Diaries, the course focused on audio storytelling and explored the sensibilities and skills needed for narratives to capture listeners’ […] »

Veteran TV News Anchor Charles Gibson ’65 Receives Alumni Award

During Princeton’s Alumni Day on February 24, veteran television journalist Charles Gibson received the Woodrow Wilson Award, the University’s highest honor for undergraduate alumni. Gibson, a member of the Class of 1965 who earned his bachelor’s degree in history, delivered a speech titled “Notes from the Anchor Desk,” in which he reflected on more than […] »

Apply Now for Journalism’s 2018 Summer Seminar in Greece

Information about Journalism’s previous summer seminars can be viewed at Borderland, the course’s website. Information about Journalism’s 2019 offerings will be available in Fall 2018. The Humanities Council invites you to join the Ferris Seminars in Journalism this summer for a challenging, innovative course in which students become eyewitnesses to history. Combining classroom work with […] »

Pyne Honor Prize Awarded to Former Journalism Student

Senior John “Newby” Parton has been named a co-recipient of the University’s 2018 Moses Taylor Pyne Honor Prize, the highest general distinction conferred on an undergraduate. A concentrator in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Parton is a recent student in two of the courses taught by Ferris Professor of Journalism in Residence […] »

Journalism Alumnus Ben Taub ’14 Wins A George Polk Award

Ben Taub ’14 has been awarded the 2017 George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting. As a staff writer at The New Yorker, Taub has written about jihadi recruitment in Europe, war crimes in Syria, battlefield medicine, and human trafficking along the trans-Saharan migration routes. His George Polk Award honors his reporting on the humanitarian devastation caused […] »

A Full House for Journalism’s Special Screening and Discussion of The Post

On February 8 more than 170 people attended a special screening and discussion of The Post hosted by the Ferris Seminars in Journalism. Directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, the Oscar-nominated film is a drama about the unlikely partnership between The Washington Post’s Katharine Graham (Streep), the first female publisher of […] »

Ferris Seminars in Journalism to Host Special Screening and Discussion of The Post

On Thursday, February 8, the Ferris Seminars in Journalism will host a special screening of The Post at the Princeton Garden Theatre at 6:30 p.m. The Post is a political thriller about the The Washington Post‘s 1971 publication of top-secret information in the Pentagon Papers and stars Meryl Streep as publisher Katharine Graham and Tom Hanks […] »

Joe Richman and His Students to Present Stories from Yellow House Radio

Hear it here first! On Wednesday, January 17, 2018, listen to stories about self-driving cars, space planes, social circuses, and private rail travel when the students of JRN 450: Radio Documentaries will publicly present their final projects. This event, in 010 East Pyne at 4:30pm, is free and open to the public. Taught by Ferris […] »

Veteran TV News Anchor to Receive Alumni Award

Princeton University will present one of its top honors for alumni to veteran television journalist Charles Gibson. Gibson, a member of the Class of 1965 who earned his bachelor’s degree in history, will receive the Woodrow Wilson Award and deliver an address on campus during Alumni Day activities on Saturday, Feb. 24. The University bestows the Woodrow […] »

Joe Richman discusses his groundbreaking radio work

On November 7, a crowd filled an Aaron Burr lecture hall to hear Joe Richman, current Ferris Professor of Journalism, discuss his career as a radio and podcast creator and producer. After his start as a journalist at NPR, Richman founded Radio Diaries, a non-profit that trains ordinary people to record their lives in sound […] »

Joe Richman presents an evening of storytelling

On Tuesday, November 7, 2017, the Humanities Council’s Ferris Seminars in Journalism and the Department of Anthropology will present an evening of storytelling with radio and podcast creator Joe Richman, Ferris Professor of Journalism and founder of Radio Diaries, NPR’s longest-running documentary series. For more than two decades, Radio Diaries has trained ordinary people to document […] »

Journalism Students Featured in the Canadian Media

In a fall-break trip jointly funded by Canadian Studies and the Ferris Seminars in Journalism, Deborah Amos and Simon Morrison travelled to Winnipeg with nine students to learn more about Canada’s approach to resettling refugees and its attitude toward those seeking asylum. Read student blogs and feature stories about their trip in The Winnipeg Free Press and CBC News. »

After Fall Recess: Tanzina Vega workshop on race, gender, and American media

On Monday, November 6, 2017, the Program in American Studies and the Humanities Council will present a workshop titled “Dispatches from the Frontlines of Race, Gender, and American Media” by Tanzina Vega, Ferris Professor of Journalism and CNNMoney national reporter, who will discuss the reportorial process and research methodology of UPPITY, her forthcoming book on […] »

Deborah Amos, Ferris Professor of Journalism, Named Winner of 2017 Courage in Journalism Award

Deborah Amos, NPR News correspondent and a visiting Ferris Professor of Journalism and lecturer in the Humanities Council, was named winner of the 2017 Courage in Journalism Award, presented by the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF). The award celebrates women journalists who set themselves apart through extraordinary bravery. The announcement was made at a private […] »

What I think: John McPhee

From his office in the fifth floor tower of Guyot Hall, home of the Department of Geosciences, John McPhee can look down through two vertical windows and see the office in McCosh Health Center where his father served as a medical doctor for Princeton University Athletics from 1928 until the late 1960s. McPhee, a Ferris […] »

Exploring the impact of Princeton’s summer journalism program for high school students

The Princeton University Summer Journalism Program (SJP) brings high school students to Princeton to learn about journalism and to gain insights into preparing for college. Richard Just, former Ferris Professor of Journalism and current editor of The Washington Post Magazine, runs the program that he founded 16 years ago with three fellow alumni from the Class […] »

Ferris Seminars in Journalism Announce 2017–2018 Visiting Professors

Princeton University’s Humanities Council and the Ferris Seminars in Journalism are pleased to announce the nine distinguished journalists who have been named visiting Ferris Professors for the 2017–2018 academic year. These writers and authors will come to Joseph Henry House straight from leading newsrooms, to teach an intensive seminar and contribute to the intellectual life […] »

Journalism Students Become Parisian Reporters

The first spring break trip offered by the Ferris Seminars in Journalism was held last week. The eleven students in JRN 456: Local Reporting, which this semester looks to Paris as a case study, have just returned from the City of Lights, where they conducted interviews, did on-the-ground reporting, and contributed to a class blog […] »
Steve McNamara ’55 assists a journalist who is producing the San Quentin News.

Profile of Steve McNamara ’55 mentoring inmate journalists at San Quentin State Prison

The latest issue of the Princeton Alumni Weekly includes a feature on Steve McNamara ’55, a Princeton alumnus who retired in 2004 after a nearly 40-year career as a newspaper publisher and entrepreneur. Since 2008, McNamara has regularly volunteered his journalism expertise to assist the inmates who produce the San Quentin News, the largest prison […] »
Steve McNamara ’55 assists a journalist who is producing the San Quentin News.

Former Ferris Professor Weber ’89 on the need for media objectivity, accuracy

Tom Weber ’89, Executive Editor of TIME Magazine, president of the ‘Prince’ Board of Trustees and 2010 Ferris Professor of Journalism, spoke at Princeton Social Media Day about news, politics, social media and the increasing levels of polarization in today’s society. He focused on the importance of accuracy in reporting and the need for citizens […] »

Apply Now for Summer Journalism Seminar in Greece

Apply by Monday, March 27 JRN 465 / HLS 465: Reporting on the Front Lines of History in Greece (SA) The Humanities Council invites you to join Princeton’s Ferris Seminars in Journalism in the summer of 2017 for a challenging, innovative course in which students will become eyewitnesses to history. Combining classroom work with field reporting, […] »

“The Post-Fact Era?” Democracy, Facts, and the News: A Conversation with Scholars and Journalists

The Humanities Council and the Ferris Seminars in Journalism presented the first in a series of panel discussions entitled “The Post-Fact Era?” on Tuesday, February 21. This installment, co-sponsored by the University Center for Human Values, featured scholars and journalists in conversation: Deborah Amos, Middle East correspondent for National Public Radio; Stephen Macedo, Politics and Human […] »
Tara Parker-Pope, Edward Wong, John McPhee, Elaine Sciolino, Joe Stephens and Nicholas Schmidle

Distinguished Journalists Offer Spring 2017 Ferris Seminars

Four of the world’s most distinguished journalists have been named visiting Ferris Professors in the Humanities Council at Princeton University for Spring 2017. Drawn from leading newsrooms, the writers and authors each teach an intensive seminar and contribute to the intellectual life of campus. They join long-term faculty, Joe Stephens (The Washington Post) and John McPhee […] »
Tara Parker-Pope, Edward Wong, John McPhee, Elaine Sciolino, Joe Stephens and Nicholas Schmidle

Journalism student published by the Marshall Project

Daniel Teehan (’17) has published a commentary on solitary confinement on the website of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Marshall Project. Solitary confinement was the subject of a major project that Daniel reported and wrote for JRN 445: Investigative Reporting, with Professor Joe Stephens. Read the full story. »
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Journalism alumnus Aaron Robertson awarded Rhodes Scholarship

Princeton University senior Aaron Robertson (Italian and African American Studies) has been awarded a Rhodes Scholarship for graduate study at the University of Oxford. An alumnus of the Ferris Seminars in Journalism and a recipient of a Humanities Council Summer Internship Grant in Journalism, Robertson plans to pursue a career in translation, publishing, and journalism. […] »
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Students in a Princeton Journalism seminar.

Class snapshot: Covering the 2016 campaign

The 2016 presidential campaign — a roller-coaster ride of surprises and uncertainty — will surely be studied by scholars and students for many years to come. But the 15 Princeton University undergraduates taking the journalism seminar “Politics and the Media: Covering the 2016 Campaign” are tackling the topic in real time — watching, studying and […] »
Students in a Princeton Journalism seminar.
An hour-long food line at a refugee encampment outside the Greek town of Moria, Lesbos island, on March 16, 2016

Student’s article on Greek refugees goes national

A major news service has published an in-depth article on Greece and the refugee crisis written by journalism student Alexandra Markovich ’17. Religion News Service (RNS) is distributed in the U.S. and abroad, and its material is carried by more than 100 news organizations, including The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times. The article […] »
An hour-long food line at a refugee encampment outside the Greek town of Moria, Lesbos island, on March 16, 2016
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Ferris professor Beena Sarwar on peace and the media

Beena Sarwar, Pakistani media expert and visiting Ferris journalist, was recently featured on WPRB 103.3 Princeton radio for a deep look into why the media functions as it does. She spoke about how the personal is political in a repressive system, the media’s ideal role in society (and how its operation as a business corrupts […] »
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Students documented the refugee crisis at a pivotal moment in history.

Students report on global refugee crisis from the field

Students enrolled in the innovative global journalism course, “Reporting on the Front Lines of History,” traveled to Greece for five weeks this summer. While immersing themselves in Greek history and culture, students simultaneously gained on-the-ground knowledge of international relations, global politics and the essentials of foreign correspondence. Students spread across the Hellenic Republic, as a […] »
Students documented the refugee crisis at a pivotal moment in history.
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Student Journalists Report on Refugees, Immigrants, and Asylum Seekers in Canada

Twelve student journalists in International News: Migration Reporting (JRN 449) spent their fall break reporting from Canada. They traveled to the major cities of Winnipeg and Toronto, visited the small towns of Altona and Emerson, and went to asylum courts and community kitchens — all to capture and tell the stories of newcomers in the […] »
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