NMC2009: Telling Stories in Land & Food Systems

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Students in Land and Food Systems are passionate about the environment, urban farming, sustainability and food. As applied scientists, its crucial they learn media skills. In conjunction with the UBC School of Journalism, students were taught how to find and tell stories about their discipline. Students crafted stories, interviewed experts and produced podcasts using their disciplinary content. Students wrote a biased story (advocacy), an unbiased story (citizen journalism) and created their streeter and voicer podcasts.

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    1. 1. Telling Stories in Land and Food Systems Kathryn Gretsinger Cyprien Lomas Duncan McHugh University of British Columbia Vancouver, BC, Canada NMC 2009 June 11th, 2009 Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial- Share Alike 2.5 Canada License
    2. 2. Special Topics in Agriculture ・ How did this course come to be? ・ How did we do it? ・ What were challenges? ・ What were results?
    3. 3. LFS students ・ Very passionate about their research ・ Somewhat isolated ・ Many have a lack of awareness as to how to tell a story
    4. 4. LFS students ・ Engaging their research in a new way ・ Improving their communication skills ・ Expressing themselves using digital tools ・ Spreading their message to a broader audience
    5. 5. Academic podcasting ・ Mostly re-purposing lectures ・ Useful, not very dynamic
    6. 6. The PEPI Group ・ Cross-campus collaboration
    7. 7. The PEPI Group ・ Cross-campus collaboration ・ Putting the technology into students’ hands ・ Sought to create an ‘academic iTunes’ ・ Evolved into a partnership between LFS & SoJ
    8. 8. AGRO 461 & UBC Farm ・ 4th year seminar in issues related to the UBC Farm ・ Traditionally assignments were essays ・ UBC Farm is the only working farm in Vancouver ・ UBC Farm is threatened by development ・ Two-part assignment
    9. 9. This year’s course ・ Sought to use journalism skills to teach to six LFS students to create engaging and rigorous audio documentaries ・ Four-member teaching team: ・ Agriculture prof ・ Journalism prof ・ Tech instructor ・ Big thinker
    10. 10. This year’s course ・ Students didn't have a framework for this type of work ・ four rules of journalism ・ storytelling, not just feeling ・ crafting a narrative out of an interview
    11. 11. What is citizen journalism? ・ Students were taught the difference between advocacy and journalism ・ As newspapers and other media suffer cutbacks, room for citizen journalists to have a voice
    12. 12. Early results ・ Streeter: students were sent out to ask strangers a question ・ Voicer: simple story piece that combines basic audio editing, sound recording, interviewing and narration
    13. 13. Technology workshops ・ New skills for students to pick up ・ “ How to get good recording” ・ “ The use of audio recorders” ・ “ Basic audio editing” ・ “ Copyright awareness”
    14. 14. Tools ・ Audacity
    15. 15. Tools ・ A number of audio recorders: M-Audios, Zoom H4s & Edirols
    16. 16. Final project ・ Audio piece, ~10mins in length ・ Workshopped extensively ・ Sense of accountability to students and the work ・ CBC competition
    17. 17. Final project ・ “ The Soil Beneath Your Feet” ・ “ Dandelion” ・ “ The Farmhouse” ・ “ Where Are We Growing”
    18. 18. Challenges ・ new technology ・ lack of time ・ the need to change culture ・ scarcity of resources [pilot]
    19. 19. Student Reflections
    20. 20. Next year ・ formalised course, restricted elective ・ 15 students cap ・ new assignments
    21. 21. Conclusion ・ One way to tell 50 stories ・ Better breed of podcasts ・ Student satisfaction ・ raised the bar and they stepped up ・ tangible product to share with those outside of the university ・ giving students the tools they need to be heard ・ epiphanies can't be planned
    22. 22. Questions?
    23. 23. Thanks! Kathryn Gretsinger kgretsin@ interchange.ubc.ca Duncan McHugh duncan.mchugh@ ubc.ca Cyprien Lomas cyprien.lomas@ ubc.ca Faculty of Land and Food Systems The University of British Columbia www.landfood.ubc.ca/learningcentre

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