New JMC Course Strengthens Multimedia Mindset
Multimedia Storytelling, new to JMC this spring, provides students with a deeper understanding of the best ways to tell stories in different media. The course builds on skills learned in other JMC courses and helps students develop a multimedia mindset in their approach to storytelling and reporting.
Students will learn and practice storytelling, reporting and editing techniques using writing, audio, video, and photography. They will also practice online content management by posting their stories to a class website and will promote their content using social media tools.
Sophomores who satisfactorily complete Multimedia Techniques and Multimedia News-writing will take the class, and it will be a requirement for all news, magazine, and PR majors. The first running this semester is being taught by associate professor Karl Idsvoog, and several sections are planned for Fall 2013.
“The course will help students work in jobs that stress literacy in digital media, and refine their ability to tell good stories. While those who work in media-related jobs still need to be expert in some area, they also have to be comfortable in producing content in many forms.
“Ideally, students will complete this class and feel very comfortable working in multiple story forms and have the ability to easily switch from audio to photo to video,” said lecturer and student media adviser Sue Zake, who helped design the course.