Syllabus for Hunt Section 001: StorytellingFall_17
Course Description and Purpose:
Storytelling Across Media is an introductory course in digital storytelling, emphasizing digital publishing. This class uses a hands-on approach to teach the fundamentals of the audio, video, and web tools necessary for upper level courses in media production and journalism. Lectures and presentations will inform students about the researching, organizing, structuring, style and voice, and publishing stages of digital storytelling. Through the course, students build a cohesive portfolio that reflects an awareness of contemporary social issues and trends in web publishing and distribution.
Project 1 – News Article or Feature Article (Some sections will do this Project as #4)
Students must propose, research, and write a 400-500 word article that relates to a topic they will explore in another project this semester. The article can follow a traditional inverted pyramid or feature structure. The article must contain at least two original quotes, statistical information, and a central photo. The article must be posted to your wordpress website.
Project 2 – Audio Project
Using zoom recorders during class, students must interview people and gather audio assets to create a 3 to 5 minute audio story. Students can gather additional assets as part of homework. Zoom recorders will only be available during class so students have to shape their project accordingly and organize their time and resources wisely. Projects will be edited using Premiere Pro during class time. Students can complete unfinished projects as homework when the classroom is available.
Project 3 – Slideshow Project
Using their phones, students will conduct audio interviews, gather other audio assets, and shoot a series of still images to create a slideshow style audio/video story. This can be a 4 to 6 minute portrait of a person, place or topic. Students should gather 40 or more still images that are composed well and dynamic. Projects will be edited using Premiere Pro during class time. Students can complete unfinished projects as homework when the classroom is available. If a student does not have a phone with camera and audio capabilities, a video camera will be loaned to him/her.
Project 4 – Video Project
Using small video cameras during class, students will conduct interviews, gather b-roll, verite footage and audio assets to create a 4 to 6 minute documentary. Students will work in teams of two creating one short film. Projects will be edited using Premiere Pro during class time. Students can complete unfinished projects as homework when the classroom is available.