This first writing workshop will be held at Bard College from January 13th to 24th. This workshop is designed to develop your skills as a Spanish language journalist and address the greater need for Spanish language journalism in the Hudson Valley area.
The instructor is Mariel Flori, Managing Editor of La Voz Magazine. Today, La Voz is the only news publication in Spanish that covers the Mid-Hudson Valley.
Taught and directed by journalist Mariel Fiori, managing editor of La Voz magazine, the workshop includes one guest lecture by Professor Melanie Nicholson who will talk about the intersection of literature and journalism. The workshop addresses fundamental and advanced questions, such as: What is news? How does one gather information and conduct an interview? What are the basic elements of a good feature story for a magazine? What are the different types of feature stories? How do you start a feature story? What do we say in the first paragraph? How does one end a story? What are the pitfalls to avoid? The two weeks will be structured as follows: the mornings will be devoted to classroom training (such as discussion, readings, and exercises), and the afternoons will be devoted to research, interviewing and writing assignments. The instruction will be in Spanish. For the purpose of checking for good use of language and grammar, a native Spanish speaker will be assigned for the duration of the workshop as a language tutor assistant.
Students participating in the workshop will benefit not only from learning the tools necessary to produce journalistic pieces in Spanish, but also from getting real experiences interviewing and researching on Latinos in the Hudson Valley: at least one of their assignments will be thoroughly revised for publication in La Voz magazine, http://lavoz.bard.edu/. Moreover, they will learn first-hand about the process of producing a monthly magazine. The process of creating and maintaining a regional Spanish-language publication involves getting a regular flow of quality submissions, copy editing for grammar and usage, finding the right images (photos or illustrations), graphic design, printing (which also includes proofing) and finally distributing 5,000 copies every month to 400 stops in 20 towns across 4 counties for an estimated readership of 20,000. La Voz readers will benefit from a more thorough understanding of what it means to live in this part of the world, and in the Hudson Valley in particular.
Today, La Voz is the only news publication in Spanish that covers the Mid-Hudson Valley. This workshop addresses the great need for written journalism in Spanish covering the Hudson Valley.
Sponsored by La Voz magazine, the Center for Civic Engagement, the Human Rights Project, the Trustee Leader Scholarship Program, and the Latin American and Iberian Studies Program.
Students who would like to be considered as TLS candidates for La Voz magazine are highly encouraged to apply.
The price for Bard students: $275*
*This fee includes housing (but not meals) at Bard College. If you don’t need housing, an appropriate discount will be applied.
The price for Bard students demonstrating financial need: $175.
The price for outside community members: $275**
**Space permitting, there will be a few spots reserved for outside community members.
Additionally, the Human Rights Project is offering two full scholarships. Please, answer the related question in the registration form below and submit it before December 1st. The BEOP program is also offering one full scholarship to a qualifying BEOP scholar.
Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis until all places are filled.
Registration will not be completed until a faculty reference is received and payment is made. Send check payable to La Voz -Bard College via campus mail, or to 30 Campus Rd, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504.
Bard College does not offer academic credit for this workshop. However, participants are encouraged to place this program on their resumes.