Fall 2022

Writing (About) the News

Listed in: English, as ENGL-115


Kristina H. Reardon (Section 01)


This course explores media literacy and the rhetoric of news through readings of a range of multimedia news and academic articles. It asks students, through critical writing, to come to terms with our responsibilities as engaged citizens for understanding, and acting on, the information we encounter in the news. Together, we will examine the way that journalists present the written word in print and digital spaces to inform, analyze, and present opinions–as we do the same in our own writing. We will pay close attention to the way that reporter teams explicitly and implicitly build arguments, use evidence, organize texts, and edit their own work, with an eye on developing strategies for using these skills in class assignments, and transferring them to other classes as well. Through writing projects that ask students to examine conversations on current events, particularly those relating to social and racial justice, students will develop skills to evaluate and contribute to the multimedia news landscape.

Preference given to first-year Amherst College students. Limited to 12 students. Fall semester. Lecturer Reardon.

How to handle overenrollment: Preference given to first-year Amherst College students. Students admitted in consultation with the Dean of Students’ office and/or their academic advisor.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: emphasis on written work, readings, and group work in the form of frequent peer review

ENGL 115 - LEC

Section 01
M 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM CONV 207
W 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM CONV 207
F 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM CONV 207

This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
Academic Writing Now Broadview Press David Starkey Amherst Books TBD
On Revision The University of Chicago Press William Germano Amherst Books TBD
The Influencing Machine Norton Brook Gladstone Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


2023-24: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Fall 2022, Fall 2024