The goal of the High School Digital Storytelling Workshop is not only to teach students about digital technology, but also offer them a broader perspective on their world.
The field trip to Loyola’s School of Communication offered Senn students exposure to college-level instruction in digital journalism.
It’s not every day that a Loyola professor wins an Emmy. But video and documentary professor John Goheen has now gone beyond that - he’s being inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Silver Circle.
Wednesday through Friday, SPJ volunteers work with students improve their writing skills and spend their time teaching journalism staples like how to construct a news lead. The volunteers also have the chance to bring in their own tailored lesson plans to teach to the class.
“I’m interested in how the history of the web gets written and how it gets studied,” said Dougherty, SOC Assistant Professor.
He’s a connoisseur of words, quick to quote Abraham Lincoln or poet Carl Sandburg. And it works for him. After all, he’s a public relations professional; he deals in the trade of words.
De Perlinghi said that at least he’s done what he can do: share the story.
The paper’s editorial staff and student writers left the Illinois College Press Association (ICPA) convention February 22 weighed down by some hefty awards.
Loyola instructor Richelle Rogers takes her communication and new media students out of their virtual world by assigning them a “tech fast”— a weekend without smartphones or computers.
“We want to bring the humanity back into technology,” said Chee. “It’s a space we hope to have a lot of conversations about society and technology in.”
That hope hints at what Goheen cited as the idea behind the digital storytelling trip in the first place: a chance for students to experience a new culture without veering from their academic track.
Loyola senior Phillip Kraft and first year student Megan Nubel have accepted a first round invitation to attend the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence.
“It’s a remarkable opportunity to meet with those professionals who are there with the sole purpose to help Loyola students,” said SOC Director of Internship and Career Services Cheryl McPhilimy.
From learning how to build professional relationships to writing for a student newspaper, SOC student organizations prepare students for the real world - and real jobs.
Leadership. Scholarship. Service.
Enthusiastic, enterprising, and hardworking, Rianne Coale embodies the School of Communication’s mission to develop journalism students who can report and tell stories for print, broadcast, and the Internet.
“I think it’s very valuable and important for people to have their worked screened publicly and to experience watching their work with other people,” said Aaron Greer, associate professor and showcase coordinator.
“It really fulfills that desire to experience something outside the U.S. You’re getting class credit, you’re getting international experience and it helps you get some experience of what it’s like in the real world without having to be away for three or four months,” said John Goheen
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The working world is competitive and constantly changing because of new technology, said Richelle Rogers. She tries to adapt her classes to skills they’ll need in the careers by making sure they can write, shoot, edit and think critically.
The Oxford debates focused on resolutions such as gender testing of athletes. “The interesting aspect of these topics is that they did not come from a United States perspective,” said David Romanelli, who attended the tournament as the team’s coach
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“It’s not enough to study the tools, you have to study the social issues behind it,” said Dr. Florence Chee, “In communication and in everyday, we’re bombarded with the flashy things. We don’t always dig deep and think about why and how we use these technologies.”
Philip Kraft, Loyola debate team president, said that they learned a great deal from the British debaters both during and after the debate. “It was great that we had some time to sit down with them and talk about different strategies used in international competitions” Kraft said.
“I think anyone who’s open to exploring an interesting career opportunity or career path,” said Associate Professor Marjorie Kruvand. “To succeed in health communication you don’t need to know a lot about medicine or health, you don’t have to be a science whiz, you just have to have the interest and be willing to learn.”
“I think we learned a lot about film as an industry in the business sense, which is hard to teach in the classroom,” said Taylor Banasik, “The film industry encompasses so many jobs, you wouldn’t even imagine.”
Keeping up with the lightning-fast pace of the digital world has proved to be quite a challenge for the students in the Communication and New Media class. They devote each moment of their group time to doing everything from updating blog posts to fixing formatting glitches.
Koris is a full-time student, which means balancing her athletic training and schoolwork can be challenging. She currently skates every day, three days a week figure skating in Chicago and four days speed skating in Milwaukee at the closest long track skating rink, where she can practice 500 and 1000 meter races.
Loyola’s School of Communication went international on Oct. 11 when a delegation of 30 Dutch communication students visited Chicago. After their stay in Chicago, they will travel to Boston and New York City.
“There’s a lot of history here, but a lot of challenges too,” said Associate Dean John Slania, “These historic churches tell the history of Chicago.” Many of these churches are aging and need millions of dollars to return them to their original condition.
Alumna Christina Riepel said, “The new prospects look promising for LUC!” They will get another chance to show their stuff in competition at McKendree University in mid-October