Ferris, McGraw, and Robbins seminars in journalism, taught by distinguished writers and journalists, examine a wide spectrum of topics related to writing and the media, from creative nonfiction to relations among different media and society.
Princeton's journalism courses (subject area JRN) were inaugurated in 1957 by the bequest of former New York Herald journalist Edwin F. Ferris of the Class of 1899. In 1984 publisher Harold W. McGraw Jr. '40 created the McGraw Professorship in Writing and Publishing in recognition of the importance of writing in all disciplines. Other seminars have been sponsored by a gift from the E. Franklin Robbins Trust in honor of the late William G. Michaelson '59 and his daughter Robin L. Michaelson '89. The program committee consists of the chairs of the English and politics departments, the dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, the director of the creative writing program, and the chair of the Council of the Humanities.