The Yonkers Beat: Covering Politics, Race, and Economics in a Struggling Urban Outpost

This course is part of the Intensive Semester in Yonkers program and is no longer open for interviews and registration. Interviews for the program take place in the previous spring semester.

Yonkers has long been known as the city on the hill where nothing is on the level. Racial strife—in court and out on the streets—as well as a public school system standing on the lip of insolvency, political corruption, and a rotating series of revitalization plans have been part and parcel of life in Yonkers. Media outlets that used to cover this intrigue and these troubles have suffered financial reversals of their own—and have mostly pulled out. Working collectively, this class will step into the void, creating their own publication to cover the often gritty reality that is Yonkers.