A bunch of interesting stuff will happen in class next week: First of all, Rhonda Prast and Jan Colbert from the magazine faculty will be with you on Tuesday to talk about the IPad as a designers’ dream come true and for exciting, long-form stories. If you have an IPad, consider bringing it to class.
Thursday, as I mentioned in class earlier this week, free-lance journalist Petra Bartosiewicz, who wrote an article in the August Harper’s called “To Catch a Terrorist,” will be in class. Professor emeritus George Kennedy will moderate the discussion. The Harper’s piece is long, but you are sure to admire the depth and authority of the reporting and writing.
I’m not sure that there is a journalist in the United States who knows more than Bartosiewicz about the FBI’s methods for catching terrorists — some of which are sure to give you pause. As you read the Harper’s piece, think about some of what Mark Horvit had to say about the investigative reporter’s methods.
Go to Ragtag on Wednesday night and watch “Better This World,” if you want a great warm-up for Thursday’s discussion. (I’m not going to lie to you: This film made me angry.) Petra and the film’s co-director will be on hand after the showing of the film, along with an MU law professor, to talk about it and answer questions.
It’s going to be a fascinating week. I’m going to be at another conference — this time in Minneapolis — so I have to miss it. But I hope you all will blog like crazy about it.