Journalism Papers

Written for Occidental College journalism courses taught by professor Bob Sipchen.

“Los Angeles Ballet’s Dance of Success”

November 30, 2009

This article, part of a project called “LA Without the LA Times,” analyzes how LA Times coverage of the Los Angeles Ballet contributed to the fledgling company’s success.

“Writing a World: Baby Insane and the Buddha

May 8, 2010

An analysis of the narrative techniques employed in Baby Insane and the Buddha, a non-fiction book by Bob Sipchen about gangs and police in San Diego.

“Foreshadowing in The Onion Field: The Embedded Messages of Non-fiction”

May 8, 2010

An exploration of the narrative techniques employed in The Onion Field, a non-fiction book by LAPD officer and author Joseph Wambaugh based on the horrific assault of two L.A. police officers, and the event’s aftermath. (The book later became a popular movie of the same name.)

“The Future of Narrative Journalism in the Twitter Age”

May 8, 2010

An analysis of how the long form, narrative non-fiction genre might develop in an era of digital media and short attention spans.

“Narrative in Newspapers”

May 8, 2010

A consideration of how newspapers incorporate narrative techniques and long-form articles.

“Narrative Journalism in the Los Angeles Times”

May 8, 2010

A close look at narrative journalism in the Los Angeles Times, such as the Column One feature and “Promise and Peril in South LA” multi-media project.

The Role of Media in the Struggling City of Compton

December 16, 2010

An analysis of the news media serving Compton, a topic of particular interest in wake of the Bell scandal uncovered by the LA Times. Part of an independent study project supervised by LA Times feature writer Scott Gold.

Media Serving Compton

December 16, 2010

A directory of all newspapers, weeklies, magazines, and websites presenting news and information about Compton, accompanied by brief analysis regarding each. Part of an independent study project supervised by LA Times feature writer Scott Gold.

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