Journalism: Fake News, Real News. Good News, Bad News


Grades: 7-9

• 10:00 am Eastern Time (New York Time)

The legitimacy of news is under assault. Powerful politicians and ordinary citizens alike are increasingly questioning the truthfulness, relevance, neutrality, and importance of all sorts of journalism. In this course, we will study and debate the origins of skepticism about the media, practice becoming critical and intelligent readers of journalism, and learn fundamental tools to become better writers and communicators, both of journalism and any nonfiction writing that requires clarity, concision, research, and skill. Students will learn how to structure a news story, how to write and report one, and how to become thoughtful consumers of the news. The course will include readings of interesting articles, engaging activities, writing exercises and discussions, and close supervision and feedback on written articles.

Nick Romeo

Nick Romeo

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies Instructor
B.A., Northwestern University
MFA , University of Colorado

Nick Romeo holds a B.A from Northwestern University and a MFA from the University of Colorado. Nick has taught for Stanford's Pre-Collegiate Studies Program for five years as well as Stanford's Humanities Circle and Stanford International Programs. Romeo has written features on science, culture, and ideas for a wide range of leading publications, including the Washington Post, the New Yorker, National Geographic, the Atlantic, and many other publications. He has traveled both nationally and internationally on assignments and has taught journalism to students for close to a decade. Nick has worked with gifted young students from around the world – China, Turkey, Europe, America, Africa. He has taught journalism, philosophy, and long-form nonfiction writing.

Program Calendar:
January 11-22, 2021
(Monday – Friday)
Real-Time Classes Duration:
1 hour & 45 minutes long
(with a 15-minute break).
Max Class Group:
Small class size
(20 students max)

Program Courses

Grades 7-9

For grade 9 students all course options are available.





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