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Thursday, 27 August 2015

Tufts University MOOC - Producing Films For Social Change


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EXP-0053-CF Producing Films for Social Change, Fall 2005

Provider: Tufts University

Description: This is an intensive, hands-on editorial and production course in which students pitch their ideas and then research, report, produce, shoot, write, and edit their own short documentary films on social issues affecting the local community, the U.S., or the world. Readings and discussions focus on current news, media ethics, media literacy, the declining credibility of the press, journalists? responsibilities to the public, social justice issues, First Amendment principles, corporate media ownership, media images of women and people of color, and the powerful role of media (TV news, documentaries, new media, digital storytelling) as tools for civic engagement and positive social change. We will cover the basic principles and techniques of video journalism, including directing, lighting, camera work, composition, interviewing, and character development. The classroom will be run like a newsroom, working collaboratively under deadlines with editorial guidance from Senior and Executive Producers. Students work in production teams on their films. The aim of this course is to help students become media literate and to sharpen their skills as producers and consumers of news through screenings, critiques, and guest lectures by prominent journalists, filmmakers, activists, and policy makers. This course is sponsored by the Communications and Media Studies program and the The Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University. Please visit their websites for more information about the media studies program and related courses.

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