J199 - Media & Social Change

CRN 36933 • M/W 4-5:50p • Spring 2017


A rigorous new smartphone video production course for all UO students who want to:

• make a difference in their communities and in the world

• create media that moves people

• enlighten audiences, and

• inspire action

Smartphones with HD cameras are empowering users to capture and share stories in profound new ways. Armed with basic skills, individuals can play a critical role in creating awareness and inspiring social change. This course teaches students to effectively use a smartphone and inexpensive accessories to tell high quality stories. It looks at past and contemporary examples of citizen journalism and advocacy documentaries to explore questions about authentic representation and accurate storytelling. Students engage in significant mobile video fieldwork and postproduction. No prior video experience required.


Ed Madison is an assistant professor at the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon, where he teaches media innovation, digital publishing, multimedia, and documentary storytelling. He holds a Ph.D. with honors from UO and is an Apple Distinguished Educator.

Contact: madison2@uoregon.edu