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Hanson Riad Hosein
COM 597
Seattle Campus

Special Topics in Communication

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Since the advent of human communication, storytelling has been a key factor in our survival and development.

Over the last century, storytelling to an audience beyond our immediate social circle has largely been the preserve of industrialized, mass media. But now, with digital media, we can not only listen to new voices, we can be those new voices – leading some to conclude that we have entered into a new “Storytelling Age.”

Despite our newfound access to these tools of creation and distribution, effective communication still requires the timeless basics of effective storytelling – perhaps even more so given the exponential increase in new content competing for our limited attention. In this hand-on, skills-oriented course, we'll explore what it takes to conceive, develop, create and distribute a compelling multimedia story.

Together, this class will produce a single, collaborative project that we will distribute through social networks, user-generated content sites, and film festivals. We'll employ consumer-level technology (including cellphone cameras and off-the-shelf editing systems) to build a groundbreaking, engaging narrative that can potentially reach a worldwide audience.

At the end of this course, we'll be able to:

- Identify the essential elements to successful storytelling. - Engage in effective project management (storyboarding, scheduling). - Use digital media to create and distribute our own multimedia stories. - Identify legal, ethical and intellectual property issues related to media production.

Multimedia Storytelling will be valuable to anyone who's interested in using storytelling techniques to successfully convey a message to a target audience using digital media – whether you’re already a content producer, a business manager, a journalist, or just someone who wants a practical understanding of how digital media can be applied in communications.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Hanson Riad Hosein
Date: 12/06/2007