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For a journalist, dealing with death in some form during their career is hard to avoid. Whether it be covering a terrorist attack, a natural disaster, a human-interest story, writing an obituary, or something else. Columbia Journalism School’s seven-week course titled The Journalism of Death and Dying”, taught by Professor Ari L. Goldman, helps prepare students for this experience, both personally and professionally.
On December 7th, for their Tuesday class period, (from 10 am -12 pm), the students will visit Plaza where they will learn about death from a funeral homes perspective and about Jewish customs, as it relates to death. Plaza will gear this 2-hour program for journalists.
“Plaza is very excited to participate in this meaningful course. It’s not an audience you would think of to attend a class on death, like seniors, healthcare professionals, or clergy,” says Stephanie Garry, Chief Administrative Officer of Plaza Jewish Community Chapel. “But, it’s a profession that intersects with death in many ways that touch a lot of people, and Plaza is proud to help equip these journalists with the tools to deal with death in the best possible ways.”
For more information on this and other Plaza Educational Programs please contact Stephanie Garry at (212) 769-4400 or email her at

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