Bob Woodward Teaches Investigative Journalism

Bob Woodward, the Pulitzer-Prize-winning investigative journalist and author of 18 national nonfiction bestsellers, will teach his first-ever online class on Investigative Journalism. 

As a global spotlight has surfaced on trust in news and truth in reporting, there has never been a more important time to examine the fundamentals of reporting, the role of journalism, and the critical checks and balances it provides. In his MasterClass, Woodward, one of the greatest reporters of all time, will teach the lessons he’s learned during his 45-year career and the impact journalism can have. 

Bob Woodward is an associate editor of The Washington Post, where he has worked since 1971, and an adjunct professor at Yale where he teaches a journalism seminar in the Spring term. He earned two of the Washington Post’s Pulitzer Prizes, the first in 1973 for uncovering the  Watergate scandal with Carl Bernstein, and the second in 2003 as the lead reporter for coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He has authored or coauthored 18 books, and twelve of them have been #1 national bestsellers.  All the President’s Men – Woodward’s first book, coauthored with Carl Bernstein – was a 1976 movie with Robert Redford starring as Woodward.

In his MasterClass, Woodward will tap into his personal experiences to teach students what truth means, how to uncover it, and how to build a story with it. In the process, he’ll teach students how to be more engaged citizens, journalists, and writers. His lessons will focus on how to interact and interview, along with strategies and techniques for building confidence and trust. Through case studies, he will show how he has built trust with people at all levels, including presidents, CIA directors, intelligence operatives, FBI officials, senior and lower-level national security officials, top White House advisers, prosecutors, Supreme Court justices and their clerks, business leaders and members of the House and Senate and their aides. He will use transcripts of interviews he conducted with both Trump and Obama to demonstrate the power of listening and aggressive, patient, all-source inquiry.

“Everyone is a journalist. Every person is a gatherer of facts –  testing and verifying them, assessing their quality and rendering judgements on truth and meaning, then communicating them to others. This is not just the life of reporters and writers but of everyone – scientists, business people, laborers, lawyers, public officials, consumers, and parents. It is the community in which we all live and fundamental to the checks and balances in society… Everyone is a secret sharer in the First Amendment…this is the final exam for democracy.” — Bob Woodward

“Bob Woodward is the best investigative journalist of our time. He helped uncover stories that changed our country’s history, forever,” said David Rogier, MasterClass CEO and Co-Founder. “He’s brilliant, fair, aggressively non-partisan, and an amazing storyteller. There has never been a more important time for us to learn how to uncover the truth and a build a case — to learn from his mastery.” 

deadmau5 New Artist Competition Semifinalists

We could hear the countless hours, late nights, and effort that went into your tracks, which impressed deadmau5, mau5trap and us beyond belief. After a lot of listening and a lot of anticipation in the community, we’re ready to announce our semifinalists for the deadmau5 New Artist Competition.

To listen to the semifinalists’ tracks, check out our SoundCloud playlist below.

Visit www.masterclass.com/dm for more details on deadmau5’s MasterClass on Electronic Music Production.

Thank you to everyone who submitted. You made incredible music. After some difficult decisions, deadmau5 and mau5trap selected the top songs based on their originality, quality, and fit with the mau5trap label.

Each of these semifinalists will receive $1,000 and a Komplete 11 Select production suite from Native Instruments. Next week the top three will be selected to move on to the final round, where they will receive an additional $2,500, along with a Komplete 11 production suite from Native Instruments. The final winner will have the chance to be on a mau5trap album, get career guidance from mau5trap as well as a meeting with deadmau5, and receive Komplete 11 Ultimate and Kontrol S61 production suites from Native Instruments.

 

Samuel L. Jackson Teaches Acting

Meet your new acting coach: Academy Award Nominee, Samuel L. Jackson.

Jackson broke out as a critically-acclaimed actor when the Cannes Film Festival awarded the “Best Supporting Actor” award to honor his performance in 1991’s Jungle Fever. Soon after, he was contacted by director Quentin Tarantino for perhaps his most legendary role: Jules Winnfield in Pulp Fiction. Since then, Jackson starred in another five Tarantino films and has left his indelible mark on Hollywood with roles in films such as Shaft, A Time to Kill, Unbreakable, Die Hard: With A Vengeance, and The Avengers. His colorful and truly iconic 45-year film roster has established him as one of this generation’s most distinguished actors.

In his MasterClass, Samuel L. Jackson will share lessons from his experience playing 100+ characters in some of the biggest franchises in history. Students will learn how to break down a script, leverage their voice, embody their characters, improve their auditioning skills, and collaborate within the industry. Jackson will break down his unique process to deliver an acting class that is unlike any other.

His class is currently available for pre-enrollment at www.masterclass.com/slj .

“In my MasterClass, I hope students learn that there’s no limit to what they can make-believe. By the end, they’ll be able to walk into a room, present their best self, and be happy with the result.” –Samuel L. Jackson

“As one of the most successful actors of all time, Samuel L. Jackson has a tremendous amount to teach not only about the craft of acting, but also the practical side of building your acting career.” –David Rogier, MasterClass CEO and Co-Founder

Judy Blume Teaches Writing

We are excited to announce Judy Blume Teaches Writing!

Judy Blume has sold over 85 million copies of her books worldwide, including Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret; Blubber; Forever; Summer Sisters; and the five-book series about the irrepressible Fudge. With a career that spans more than fifty years, Judy has been recognized as a Library of Congress Living Legend, was awarded the 2004 National Book Foundation medal for distinguished contribution to American letters, received the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement from the American Library Association, and in 2017, The E.B. White lifetime achievement award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.  She serves on the boards of the Author’s Guild, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the Key West Literary Seminar, and the National Coalition Against Censorship.

In her MasterClass, Judy will teach how to write stories people love. Students will learn how to take their own personal experiences and turn them into fiction for all ages. The class covers creating vivid characters, writing realistic dialogue, plot, rewriting, and editing.

In addition, Judy shares exclusive excerpts from the security notebook she created before writing her latest novel for adults, In the Unlikely Event.

Pre-enrollment for her class begins today at www.masterclass.com.

 

“This is my chance to share my experiences, my process, and what I’ve learned in fifty years of writing, in the hope that it will inspire and encourage you, and maybe even light your fire.” —Judy Blume.

“For an entire generation of Americans (including my own), Judy Blume’s honest adult voice became a central part of growing up. She taught us about topics no one else would even mention. As a result, her books were banned from libraries across the country, while at the same time her characters were being cherished by millions. The lessons she shares in her class will help those who write for children, but also those who write for adults. Her passion for storytelling will encourage writers of all ages. Plus, she’s just a lot of fun!” —David Rogier, CEO and Co-Founder of MasterClass

Martin Scorsese Teaches Filmmaking

Introducing our newest class, Martin Scorsese Teaches Filmmaking.

Before he was the Oscar-winning director of Goodfellas, Raging Bull, and Taxi Driver, Martin Scorsese was just a kid from New York who spent a lot of time at the movies.  A lifetime of watching great films inspired him to make some of America’s greatest films. Now he’s bringing you into his world to share his insights into the history of film and filmmaking.

With a career that spans more than fifty years, Scorsese is one of the most influential and revered filmmakers working today.  In 1990, he started The Film Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to film preservation and restoration. The Foundation’s preservation, education, and exhibition programs have helped raise awareness about the importance of film preservation, and in the process has saved over 750 films.  Scorsese’s passion is renowned and his directorial achievements have received numerous awards, including: Academy Award, Palme d’Or, Emmy, Grammy, Golden Globe, BAFTA, DGA, Silver Lion. In addition, Scorsese has received awards for lifetime achievement from the AFI, BAFTA, DGA, and many more.

Pre-enrollment for Martin Scorsese’s class begins today at www.masterclass.com   

“I was excited by this project because it gave me a chance to pass down my own inspirations and experiences and practices and evolutions, not as a blueprint for how to make movies but as a guidepost, an offering to young people attempting to find their own way. It was so important for me to have people that passed down their own knowledge when I was young, and MasterClass has given me an opportunity to try it myself.” —Martin Scorsese

“Scorsese is one of the most influential filmmakers of all-time, but he’s also an eternal student. What makes him such a great teacher isn’t just his mastery, but his love of learning. This is a once in a generation opportunity.” —David Rogier, CEO and Co-Founder of MasterClass

Herbie Hancock Teaches Jazz

Legendary icon and fourteen-time Grammy® Award-winning musician Herbie Hancock will teach his first ever online class exclusively with MasterClass. The class is currently available for pre-enrollment starting today at www.masterclass.com.

In his class, Hancock teaches his approach to music and how this translates into life philosophy.   From his mentorship with Miles Davis through his genre-bending work as a bandleader and solo artist, he will share stories from a life in music and deliver expert technical lessons for professional and amateur pianists, musicians, jazz performers, composers across all genres, lovers of music and jazz aficionados.

In addition to being recognized as a legendary pianist and composer, Herbie Hancock has been an integral part of every popular music movement since the 1960’s.  At a young age, Hancock had already gained recognition as a child piano prodigy and performed an impressive Mozart piano concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at age eleven. He went on to play jazz in high school and explored his passion for both electronics and science. In 1963, Hancock joined Miles Davis’ Second Great Quintet.  Davis served as an inspiration and mentor for Hancock.  Hancock continued to progress in his field and became one of the most influential jazz musicians, discovering the melodious bridge between traditional jazz and electronic sound. His many accolades include being named a Kennedy Center Honoree, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Institute Chairman of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, and Co-Chair of International Jazz Day. Now in the sixth decade of his professional life, Herbie Hancock remains where he has always been: at the forefront of world culture, technology, business, and music. He is currently in the studio at work on a new album and most recently announced a world tour.

“Miles Davis taught me a lesson I’ll never forget: in jazz there are no mistakes. Every note you play is an opportunity to take your music further. That idea opened my ears to worlds of musical possibilities. In my class, I will share those ideas and help you discover your sound. Through lessons in harmony, rhythm, composition, and improvisation, I will show you how to write and perform with freedom,” – Herbie Hancock

“Herbie is simply amazing. He is not only a music legend, but he is devoted to helping the next generation of musicians. The depth and the joy with which he shares his craft is a revelation” – David Rogier, CEO and Co-Founder of MasterClass.

Garry Kasparov Teaches Chess

We are thrilled to announce our newest MasterClass, Garry Kasparov Teaches Chess. Considered by many to be the greatest chess player of all time, Kasparov is a chess Grandmaster, 15-year World Champion, writer, and political activist. From 1986 until his retirement in 2005, he was ranked No. 1 in the world for 225 out of 228 months. In 1985, he became the youngest ever undisputed World Chess Champion at age 22. His legendary matches against the IBM supercomputer Deep Blue put chess and artificial intelligence on front pages around the world. Kasparov maintained his No. 1 world ranking until his retirement from professional chess.

In his first ever online class, Kasparov reveals the strategic thinking and tactics that made him the world chess champion. He shares his legendary understanding that informs every move — from openings through middlegames and endgames — as well as some remarkable ideas that Kasparov prepared during his career but has never revealed until now. Students will also learn to improve their training methods and analyze their own games to ultimately play better and bolder chess.  In addition, Kasparov will share his philosophical approach to key chess topics including analysis, preparation, the use of computers, mental toughness, and broader concepts of chess strategy.

“This MasterClass was a unique opportunity for me to share my lifetime of knowledge and passion for the game of chess with the highest possible quality. There is plenty of concrete instruction in every phase of the game, plus general training advice to help people reach their potential. Most critically, I hope to inspire students to love the game as much as I do. Well, almost as much as I do!” said Garry Kasparov, MasterClass instructor.

“I took chess lessons until I was 18 and Garry was my hero. His matches and approach changed how I thought about the game. The class will not only make you a better player, but a better decision maker.” said CEO and Co-Founder David Rogier of MasterClass.

Pre-enrollment for Garry Kasparov’s class begins today at www.masterclass.com.    

Dr. Jane Goodall Teaches Conservation

Introducing Dr. Jane Goodall, our newest instructor! Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, UN Messenger of Peace and one of the world’s most renowned naturalists and conservationists, will offer her first-ever online class on Conservation.

For over 55 years, Goodall has dedicated her life’s work and studies to animal sciences and ethology, with a strong focus on chimpanzees and human impact on the environment.  At the very young age of 26, Goodall traveled to Tanzania with a fascination for wildlife, and left with a mission to save the chimpanzee species and spread a message of hope for our planet.  In 1977, she founded the Jane Goodall Institute to continue her passion for species conservation and protecting chimpanzees from extinction.  Her groundbreaking work and research with chimpanzees has helped redefine the relationship between humans and animals.

 In her MasterClass, Goodall will address and respond to the environmental concerns of the modern age and the climate we live in.  She will share her expert advice on communication and advocacy strategies, as well as a global view of the interconnected threats to animals and the environment. Through her course, students will learn about chimpanzee behavior, animal intelligence, human impact on the environment, environmental conservation, and Goodall’s reasons for hope in the next generation of activists.

“There is no better time for people everywhere to have access to this course and take individual action to drive change. There are too few days in the year and only one place I can be at a time. This course gives me an opportunity to share my research and insights with people all around the globe.” – Dr. Jane Goodall

Pre-enrollment for Goodall’s class begins today at www.masterclass.com/jg.