I teach two third-year courses in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at Western University.
Writing for Magazines is all about learning to write professional-quality features and stories for magazines or their on-line equivalents. Students study and write a variety of feature-style stories, culminating with a full-length feature on a topic of their choice. Many students have had their features published. The course also helps students learn to observe the world around them and write about any topic. To help them do that, we stage a Murder Mystery one week, about which they have to write some kind of interesting story.
Public Relations, A Critical Look turns an analytical eye to public relations, recognizing the role PR practitioners play in creating, shaping and disseminating information. It offers practical strategies to deal with public relations claims and releases but also explores the ways such information affects a society not widely schooled in the techniques and goals of PR practitioners.
Both courses are part of the popular MIT (Media, Information & Technoculture) program. Click here to learn more about the MIT program.