Wilfrid Laurier University, Brantford | Cross-Media 4 Change | Winter 2016 | Dr Carolyn Guertin
This course will explore the use and creation of stories in and across different platforms, screens, and modes of address. Complementary to the Digital Media and Journalism program and the Game Design and Development BFAA, this class will further your abilities to create compelling text-based, visual and multimedia stories as you unearth and critically interpret information about contemporary issues, and understand and analyze the wider social, political and economic forces shaping today's media environments. Cross-Media Storytelling will help you understand what approach and medium to use and when, how to use specific media alone and in concert, and how to enlist the audience in the ‘story’ you are telling.
This is a hands-on course held in a computer lab. Each week the instructor will provide you with questions and problems to solve that will help direct you and your group towards crafting a Cross-Media 4 Change (C4C) project. This project will have four parts in different modalities: an initial pitch where you and your group define your project, and then its development through the creation of individual, project-specific, research-rich eBooks, comic books, and Web-based interactive stories or games. The major work in this course happens in class, so attendance is essential.