This is a hands-on journalism and media exploration course in which students will learn to use multimedia texts and techniques for publishing, digital storytelling, and documentary filmmaking. We will also read criticism involving new media journalism.
The course will emphasize the following four themes:
- Learning how to report, produce, and edit using blogs, audio, video, photos, animations, and video to tell a story.
- Discussing emerging themes in digital journalism and history of journalism, as well as the use of propaganda.
- Analyzing and creating responsible social media.
- Acquiring the skills for advanced Internet and computer research, including how to use material from news archives and public records databases, and private social network sites appropriately in digital nonfiction.
What to expect:
- Although this is an elective course, there will be reading and writing. Part of our exploration will be in argumentative writing. Writing will include non-fiction and creative fiction.
- Homework will happen. Although homework will not be as often and intense as an academic class, some reading and work on creative projects may need to be done outside of class.
- Grammar, punctuation, vocabulary, best writing practice will be emphasized in all formal written and oral projects.
- Class discussion, group projects, creative projects, note taking, presentations, but most of all….fun!