Students in Dr. Sonya DiPalma’s Multimedia Storytelling for Journalism course were introduced to the elements of effective multimedia storytelling, and gained an appreciation for digital storytelling as a project process. The class partnered with the Asheville Art Museum to produce compelling stories to connect people with works of art, and the artists. Students researched story ideas, interviewed sources, designed captivating stories, and produced story narratives in multiple media formats.

Specifically, students selected a topic from a list compiled by the museum’s adult program manager, and then pitched a treatment for their multimedia package to me and to the museum manager. Students interviewed artists who have works held by the museum, numerous museum staff members, museum board members, and community members.  Specifically, students wrote a project pitch, created a multimedia package to include text (750 words), a photo story and a video story. In addition, students had two written tests, and four skill-based assignments as a warm up for the multiple media package.

Student work was presented on campus as the Mass Communication & Art Project on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016 in the Highsmith Grotto, and at the Asheville Art Museum on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. Both screenings were publicized by the museum with community members attending each.