Covering America

Hopkirk RodeoGallivan student Gretchen Hopkirk (Class of 2020) reports in Houston as part of the Covering America course.

Covering America is a conceptual and skills-based immersion into the world of national reporting, one of the most complex and challenging forms of journalism. Students learn the principles of reporting, writing, and the journalistic applications of digital media.

Students also acquire the technical skills to cover large-scale events using text, images, audio and social media. Participants are also able to put those skills into practice by preparing stories for a student-produced website.

In addition to learning the fundamental aspects of national coverage, the class — in keeping with the values of Notre Dame — also emphasizes the importance of reporting with a sense of compassion, empathy and public service.

The capstone assignment in the course is a six-day reporting trip during spring break to the site of an ongoing national story. Admission to the class is by application only. There are no additional fees for participants — all travel costs are covered by the Gallivan Program.

The inaugural class was profiled in this story.