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Students participate in digital storytelling workshop

Over the past two semesters students have had the opportunity to participate in a series of workshops with a filmmaker to develop and produce digital stories about their experience in their internship placement.

Over the course of 3 workshops taking place throughout the semester, students learn to break down the elements that constitute a story and how to construct their own. They reflect on how to approach their internship via this medium, and how to use this path of inquiry to add depth to their experience at work. At the same time they work with a filmmaker to learn about different techniques for shooting and editing their videos.

The finished stories show both the varied nature of each students’ experiences, as well as the way in which they chose to recount them.

Maddy’s Story
"This project gave me the opportunity to reflect on my experiences in a way that I wouldn’t have otherwise. Because I started creating the video at the beginning of the internship, I was able to recognize my transformation as it was happening, instead of at the end. ” click on the image below to play
Jane’s Story
"I wanted to take part in the digital storytelling project because I’m very interested in video and wanted to have a final product at the end of the program. I knew that having a course and deadline would give me the motivation to finish something.
I chose to show my place of work, the atmosphere and the content of our work.
I wanted to give an overall reflection of my work and my experience at my internship, which was very tied to the place and the content of the work, as well as to what I learnt there."

Heiwon’s Story
"Coming into this program, I thought I knew what I was signing up for: full workplace immersion, taking up responsibilities like any other intern or entry-level journalists, and whatever else was written on the contract. 
What I did not know was that something like the Paris attacks could happen. Naive? I guess you could say that. Being so safety sheltered in my classrooms, I never for once considered being a journalist in such traumatic events. 
I don’t think I’ve fully come to terms with what happened and what it means to be a journalist in such circumstances but I know this is something that will rest with me for a very long time. I will question continuously my role as a journalist but also as a person. "

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