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Pitching and Writing a Music Journalism Story
April 13, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm$20
The state of music journalism may be in flux, though it is still possible to be a working cultural critic and reporter. If you’ve ever been curious about the field, attend this class to learn how to break in. Learn how to develop your POV, make your pitch stand out in editors’ inboxes, conduct a compelling interview and find the real story among all the mixtape links.
Christina Lee graduated from the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism in 2008. She knew she wanted to write about music. But it wasn’t until years later, when she read Jeff Chang’s ‘Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation’ that she realized what she wanted to cover and how she wanted to approach that work.
Past subjects include the widespread influence of strip club DJ Nando, the Atlanta Hawks’ newfound embrace of the city’s rap heritage and the decade in Georgia politics from Jeezy’s “My President” to Jermaine Dupri endorsing Stacey Abrams. Christina’s work has appeared in The Guardian, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Billboard, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Pitchfork and Complex.
In 2014, Christina co-wrote Creative Loafing’s “Straight Outta Stankonia: OutKast’s Atlanta From Discography to Mythology.” That same cover story would be voted one of the Atlanta Press Club’s Top 10 Favorite Stories of the Past 50 Years.
Christina is now part of two Southern hip-hop podcasts. One, Sum’n to Say, features Jason “Jah” Lee of Bossip and Yoh Phillips of DJBooth. The other will arrive in partnership with WABE and PRX in May 2019.