The Storytelling Cohort

STORYTELLING COURSES BEGIN WEEK OF APRIL 4TH, END MAY 29TH.


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Course Descriptions

 

DATA-DRIVEN JOURNALISM

DESCRIPTION: 

What comes first: the data or the story?  

These days, as journalism is becoming more and more digital, data is sexy and "interactive" is the buzzword of the moment--- how to do you sift through this world to strike on a great narrative?  How does data supplement, verify, or debunk, a story and when is data the source of discovery of a story?  If you're working with lean resources, tight timelines, and don't have access to a full-time software team,  how do you even execute on a data story if you find one?

Learn how to apply traditional investigative and reporting techniques to the real world of interactive technology. This is a scrappy class that pulls together some of the skills from the project management course and the UX/product design course, with the specific purpose of giving journalists the tool kit they need to hunt, prep, and cook data in the wild. 

Journalists also have a very important role on Hack Oregon teams as the editor and spirit guide of the narrative. Most importantly, you'll experience how valuable the role of a journalist can be among software and design teams. 

MAIN TECHNOLOGIES AND TOOLS: 

Undecided

RECOMMENDED PREREQUISITES: 

Strong writing skills and an expectation to publish data-driven work in the future.  

Current professional journalists who want to learn how to scope in-depth long term project work may want to check out the facilitation/project management course.  

MEETING DAY: 

Mondays 6-9pm, Sundays 11-2pm

Instructor:

Jason Bernert

 

VISUAL DESIGN AND INFOGRAPHICS

DESCRIPTION: 

If information has the power to immediately transform our feelings on a subject or redefine our relationship to a system, we see public data as a medium for civic art.

We want our data to tap into the heart of an issue and inspire our readers and users.  We're working with advanced teams and fascinating data, but we know that the right visual treatment and creative art direction of data presentation can make the difference from someone learning something new, and taking their breath away. 

We'll show you the lay of the land, and create a big sandbox of data with the support of a technical team to experiment and bring your ideas to life. 

For beginners, we'll cover the basics of visual design and branding of a technical product. 

MAIN TECHNOLOGIES AND TOOLS: 

Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop

RECOMMENDED PREREQUISITES: 

Working proficiency of Illustrator

MEETING DAY: 

Tuesdays 6-9pm, Sundays 11-2pm 

Instructor

Ven Gist

 

MULTIMEDIA Video Storytelling

DESCRIPTION: 

Students will have the opportunity to learn various aspects of multimedia production, including video, audio, photo capture, and editing. Students will have a dual classroom environment and field experience. Everyone will learn the ropes of technology tools and best practices,  and have a chance to get out and develop their own stories.  The core focus of the class is on creating short multimedia marketing campaigns, but is useful for anyone interested in learning about storytelling, and various strategies to not only creating your story in a compelling way, but getting it out there to share with the world. 

MAIN TECHNOLOGIES AND TOOLS: 

Lightroom, Adobe Premier

RECOMMENDED PREREQUISITES: 

Flexible

MEETING DAY: 

Wednesdays 6-9pm, Sundays 11-2pm

Instructor:

Zach Krahmer

 

MOTION GRAPHICS

DESCRIPTION: 

Data visualization can be cinematic!  Learn how to animate graphics, with a special emphasis on data and information.  Work closely with visual designers, journalists, data scientists and other members Hack Oregon teams to bring to life a few multimedia data stories from next season. 

MAIN TECHNOLOGIES AND TOOLS: 

Adobe After Effects

RECOMMENDED PREREQUISITES: 

Familiarity with photo/video editing tools. 

MEETING DAY: 

Wednesdays 6-9pm, Sundays 11-2pm

 

AUDIO Journalism 

DESCRIPTION: 

So far Hack Oregon has learned a lot about making data visual, but what role does data play in audio storytelling?

The focus of this course is to teach you the tools and techniques you need to write, craft, and independently produce stories for a radio audience, including best practices for interviewing guests and sources, and the basics of editing and sound engineering. 

You'll work with Hack Oregon's software development teams to produce a short audio story to on one of our five civic themes.  (Hunger, Agriculture, Campaign Finance, Urban Development, or Education)

MAIN TECHNOLOGIES AND TOOLS: 

Garageband

RECOMMENDED PREREQUISITES: 

Flexible

MEETING DAY: 

Thursdays 6-9pm, Sundays 11-2pm

Instructor: 

Sara Mirk



Sign me up please!

Seats are limited, and the enrollment period is short.  We will be interviewing each potential student by phone to make sure it's the right fit for everyone.  Get on the list now and tell your friends! 

University Student?

Apply for Hack Oregon's Storytelling Studio Fellowship and your tuition is free if you're accepted.

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