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English: Journalism/Words& Photographs

ENGS 095 Z1 (CRN: 61763)

3 Credit Hours

For crosslists see: ENGS 095 Z2

About ENGS 095 Z1

In this journalism and photography course, students will explore how words paint pictures and pictures tell stories, looking closely at the interplay, the reciprocity and collaboration of writing and images: how one can spark, conjure, compliment, or enhance the other in making meaning and creating stories that matter. Writing is about seeing. Finding pictures that tell stories, images that relay powerful messages requires close observation. Life is about paying attention, about being conscious. Chance favors the prepared—and connected—mind. This making of connections happens through storytelling—with words, with pictures (moving or still), or both. Stories matter. Playing on the well-known phrase, “a picture worth a thousand words,” this course—a combination of hands-on writing and photography—will challenge students in addition to generating original ideas to use visual rhetoric as inspiration for a range of nonfiction writing: poetic, essayistic, advertorial, script-based, fact-based, journalistic. Students will study, reconsider, and imitate its subgenres: Profiles, Travel Narratives, Personal Essays, Columns, Writing About History, Narrative Investigative Reporting, Public Radio/Podcasts, Documentaries, and Photo Essays.

Notes

Summer Academy Course; Dates: July 8-18 MTWRF on campus; July 20-August 2 online; Location: Cohen 211 & Lab: Cohen 209; Residential High School students only; Continuing & Distance Education Dean's Ofc Permission only, Please contact 802-656-2085; Cross listed with ENGS 095 Z2; Program Fee: $1499.00; For tuition and fee information please use this link: www.uvm.edu/~summer/precollege/summer-academy/tuition-fees/

Section Description

COURSE DESCRIPTION: In this journalism and photography course, students will explore how words paint pictures and pictures tell stories, looking closely at the interplay, the reciprocity and collaboration of writing and images: how one can spark, conjure, compliment, or enhance the other in making meaning and creating stories that matter. Writing is about seeing. Finding pictures that tell stories, images that relay powerful messages requires close observation. Life is about paying attention, about being conscious. Chance favors the prepared—and connected—mind. This making of connections happens through storytelling—with words, with pictures (moving or still), or both. Stories matter. Playing on the well-known phrase, “a picture worth a thousand words,” this course—a combination of hands-on writing and photography—will challenge students in addition to generating original ideas to use visual rhetoric as inspiration for a range of nonfiction writing: poetic, essayistic, advertorial, script-based, fact-based, journalistic. Students will study, reconsider, and imitate its subgenres: Profiles, Travel Narratives, Personal Essays, Columns, Writing About History, Narrative Investigative Reporting, Public Radio/Podcasts, Documentaries, and Photo Essays.

Section Expectation

LEARNING OBJECTIVES (in keeping with the interdisciplinary Reporting and Documentary Storytelling Minor toward which this course counts for fulfillment): To study the practice and theory of telling socially and culturally engaged stories in journalism and nonfiction writing, photography and digital media formats To ground hands-on storytelling projects in inquiry, observation, research, reporting skills, photography, and immersion in a subject To blend careful research and documentary attention with personal expression To explore ideas, issues, problems, and theories related to media, journalism, and nonfiction storytelling To develop vital skills in media literacy, critical thinking, ethical awareness, creativity, and problem solving To bear witness, promote social reform, and embrace humanism To show readers and viewers a mirror of the times and themselves LEARNING OUTCOMES: Through close and critical reading and observation, you will learn: to appreciate the ability of words and pictures to illuminate universal human experiences. Through process and journal writing, you will learn: to capture an audience in “a New York minute,” painting pictures with words and presenting photographs that tell stories, sometimes pairing both to craft stories that matter. Through the art and craft of photography, you will learn: to build a visual narrative that communicates without written language. Prepare for the journey. Trust the process. REQUIRED TEXTS AND MATERIALS: Telling True Stories, A Nonfiction Writers’ Guide from the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University, edited by Mark Kramer and Wendy Call, (A Plume Book, Penguin Publishing Group). ISBN: 978-10452287556. 100 Photographs: The Most Influential Photographs of All Time, (Publisher: Time, October 16, 2016). ISBN-13: 978-1618931603 Online access to The Nieman Foundation Online subscriptions to NiemanStoryboard and NiemanLab (free) Access to Humans of New York video stories via Facebook Access to Blackboard for Syllabus, Detailed Schedule of Assignments, Daily Writing Prompts, and your Photojournalist’s Notebook A portable “Discourse Journal”—one you love to write in and carry with you everywhere A folder for handouts, drafts, and submissions

Evaluation

METHODS OF EVALUATION: Class presence and participation: 50% Includes: Discourse Journal, Photojournalist’s Notebook, and Peer Workshops, Daily Writings/Revisions and Photography Projects/Lab and the Midterm Portfolio (to be completed in the first 2 week of the summer semester) Student-led Photojournalism Discussion/Presentation: 10% Final Writing and Photography Portfolio (done collaboratively and digitally over the second 2 weeks of the summer semester): 40%

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Cohen Hall 211 (View Campus Map)

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Online Course (View Campus Map)