Transitions ran a four-week, hands-on journalism course on International Feature Writing in the Age of COVID-19 from May 4, 2021 – May 24, 2021.
Participants in the UK, Serbia, Russia, Georgia, Armenia and Ukraine joined us to learn the craft of the foreign correspondent from a veteran of the media business – Dinah Richter Spritzer. As a journalist, Dinah has contributed to The New York Times, USA Today, Elle and Conde Nast Traveller.
Using a blend of live, online classes, interactive discussions; written assignments and stimulating reading materials, participants gained a solid set of feature writing skills and now feel ready to negotiate the challenges posed to foreign reporters by COVID-19.
Through this course, they learned what makes foreign reporting different from domestic reporting through practical experience and were able to fine-tune their feature-writing skills and interviewing tactics in three well-researched articles, under the guidance of the instructor.
They are now able to report using all of the virtual tools available, including social media platforms, and video interviews, and how to provide sweep, context, and comparison when writing for an international audience.
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