Assignment Given March 30

  1. April 20th class will meet at City Hall at 1:45 for a 2 p.m. tour.
  • There is construction taking place on the front steps of City Hall and it may be a bit noisy.
  • The easiest way to get access to CH during construction is via the East entrance, located on Park Row, just north of Spruce street.  This is almost opposite the Brooklyn Bridge entrance.

The tour will be led by Chief Sergeant-At-Arms Rafael Perez. He is the person responsible for protocol at the city council.

After the tour, Harlem City Council Member Shaun Abreu will meet with the class.


Find out who your city council member is and who is running against them. There is a primary June 27, 2023. New York votes primarily choose Democrats and that’s why the primary is important. The general election is  November 7. 

But you will report about the primary race, or the candidates, in your district. 

Here are sources that can help you find out who is running in your district:

Assignment Due: April 18 at 5 p.m.

After you find out who your candidates are, please write down your district and the candidates and submit them here:

Deadline: Tuesday, April 18th at 5 p.m.


What voters should know about 2023 elections in NYC


For Class on March 30, but due on March 29 at 2:00 p.m.  Please read: 

  • Upload your best single journalistic photo (Due on March 29 at 2:00 pm)
    • Choose any one photograph you have ever taken on or before the date of March 29, 2023
    • Avoid sunsets, breathtaking landscapes, etc, unless they have at least a sliver of news value happening within them (people, events, consequence – traffic is fine). 
    • May be a staged portrait of a person – but must be in a real environment and not shot in a studio or somehow altered reality (your cousin smiling in the park is fine)
    • Name the photo LNAME_SLUG_1
    • Upload the photo to: 2023S_BNT_CLASS PHOTOS


Date: March 30, 2023


2:00 PM – 2:20 PM

Teach Basic Principles of composition, with slide show


2:20 – 2:45 PM

Review photos submitted by students according to what we’ve learned about composition


2:45 – 3:00 PM

Review ethics and safety principles of capturing journalistic photography

Explain laws vs. practical street smarts. Rights, obligations, and courtesies. 


3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Students shoot anything they like in the neighborhood, applying the principles of fill the frame, control the background, wait for moments. No taking portraits of one another, but portraits of anybody outside the class are welcome. 

Russ will do the assignment too, and students can ask questions in the field.


4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Review photography




For Tuesday, March 21 at 5 p.m.

On Thursday, we have a speaker, a student from another campus, who does fact checking training So I hope that everyone will be in class and be on time.

1. This is a last call for your stories and your edits. Some of you have done excellent work so far and I appreciate that. Please submit everything by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21. Those of you who haven’t submitted anything,you know who you are. 

   a. You might start by writing a pitch, which help you see if you have a story

   b. I want to be fair to everyone, but you have to do the work.

2. We are going to have a quiz-test on Thursday. It will cover what we have gone over so far. 

   a. Principles of active voice:

   b. Reporting basics:

   c. Nut graf



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