So excited for this! I’ll probably blog about my experience about it next week. I wish our region had an SPJ chapter like this one.


“DYING,” Woody Allen once said, “is one of the few things that can be done as easily lying down.”

Sadly, writing about death is harder than just sitting at a keyboard.

While journalism schools teach students how to cover city commission meetings and write personality profiles, I can’t find one major j-school that offers a class on obituaries.

And if you’re thinking, “Well, that’s because there are lot more important lessons to learn,” check out these actual classes…

  • At Columbia University, China Seminar will “sharpen the ways we think and write about the country as journalists.”
  • At the University of Missouri, Field Reporting on the Food System explores the “ethical dimensions of the food system” and includes a “multi-day field trip.”
  • At the University of Florida, Fashion Reporting offers no course description online, but it mentions this: “The instructor has stated that there are no textbooks required or recommended.”


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