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Students participate in digital storytelling workshop

Over the past three 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.

Becca’s Story
"I really wanted to focus on what I found so fascinating, which is the mix of renaissance and royal history with this archaeological museum that seemingly should have absolutely nothing to do with the other, and yet have been mashed together. The beginning traces of humanity and civilization in France somehow has found a home in an Italian renaissance inspired chateau, and somehow, it works." click on the image below to play
Tristan’s Story
"At the root of my creative process was a desire to share my incredibly unique, enlightening, and shocking internship with my professors, friends, and family. My perception is specific to me and in order to share other perspectives I found that asking simple questions enabled me to hear these women’s stories. Prior to my internship I had no conception of the life of a transgender immigrant sex worker or any of the obstacles they regularly encounter. These interviews cultivated an understanding of something completely foreign to me. I’ve learned that laws affecting prostitution rarely take into account the opinions and experiences of actual sex workers, and that this lack of a voice in public discourse is detrimental to progress. We have a moral obligation to address the health and safety of these individuals because there are actual consequences in terms of global health and the spread of HIV and AIDS. These deadly viruses have been overlooked possibly due to mainstream media’s obsession with newer, more frightening pandemics like Swine Flue, Ebola, or the Zika virus." click on the image below to play
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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