Last spring, professor Tom Wheeler and 15 students took that collaborative vibe on the road with the inaugural Journalism Arts Multimedia Workshop.
During the 10-week course, students in the workshop visited the studios and performance spaces of local musicians, dancers, sculptors and painters. In teams made up of a photographer, videographer, and a writer, the students prepared a multimedia package on each artist including a written article, photo essay and a short video.
“We weren’t reading from a ‘how-to’ textbook but instead learning and living with people who have made a difference in the world,” said Bryan Kalbrosky, a workshop participant. “At 20 years old, thanks to the JAM Workshop, I was able to interview and tell the story of one of the most prolific guitarists in rock history, Bill Harkleroad.”
By working in teams, students also learned from each other.
“The students benefited from collaborating on teams with colleagues whose skills and specialties differed from their own,” Wheeler said. “In this way the experience reflected the kind of work environment we see developing in the profession.”
Completed packages include:
“It's important to learn journalistic fundamentals in lecture halls,” Kalbrosky said. “But the JAM Workshop allowed us to work in a truly professional environment. Sharing my multimedia work on television was humbling as a student.”