The Dean Blog

August 11, 2010

Some Recent Online Ventures by College of Communication Faculty and Students

Filed under: News and Announcements — LBA @ 3:20 pm

In the past few months, faculty, students, and staff of the College have participated in a variety of “nifty” online activities.  Three of these are linked here for your viewing pleasure.

The Real New Jerseyan online magazine produced by students in Online Journalism 2, taught by Mark Berkey-Gerard.  As described by Professor Berkey-Gerard

On the Website, you will find profiles of unique New Jersey residents, including a civil war re-enactor, a big game hunter, an Alpaca breeder, a UFO chaser, a Camden bookstore owner,  and the chief beekeeper for the state.

Students interviewed more than 200 people in their search for unique residents to profile. They carried around backpacks full of cameras, recorders, and microphones. The reported and produced dozens of multimedia pieces: audio interviews, audio slide shows and videos. Students from the Photojournalism course also contributed to the project, and there are photo essays on various New Jersey locations – from Fortescue to Hoboken.

Remixing Composition in the Writing Classroom: An Installation of Student Videos – work completed by students in Dr. Bill Wolff’s Writing Arts courses, and compiled for the 2010 Computers and Writing Online Conference.   As Dr. Wolff says,

Writing, in our highly mediated culture, is remixing. Complementing this mode of writing are low-tech, low-cost, user-friendly technologies, such as the Flip Video Camera and YouTube. This installation of student videos will challenge viewers to rethink traditional concepts so often fixed in meaning: text, research, writing, and composition, among others.

“The One: Contagious Kindness” by Christopher Austin and “Hitler Finds Out about the Downfall Parodies” by Michael Pfister – published in The JUMP – The Journal for Undergraduate Media Projects, v. 1.2

Happy viewing/reading!



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