Digital Communication

Communicating through Digital Technology

Dr. Danielle M. Stern


COMM 232, Fall 2015

M/W 4-5:15pm, Forbes 2090

This course prepares students for communicating, including writing, in digital media environments and interpreting communication and media research for the public. Media writing means writing in a professional setting and with professional standards. It means writing for an audience and understanding demands, legal issues, and ethics of specific technological environments. It means meeting deadlines. We will explain many of these requirements and concepts in the lectures, and you will be expected to apply them in your work in your writing assignments and technology activities.

This hands-on class focuses on digital media technologies such as blogging and podcasting, as well as multimedia storytelling that involves audio, video, photographs and the written word. Students will learn to use multimedia to tell stories and convey information and to have interactive conversations and build relationships with global audiences. Students will learn how to translate information from academic studies into easily digestible formats (print, audio, and video) for digital publics. We will also study the history, theory, and practice of digital media as communication. The course will look at many examples of digital media practice.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify historical and contemporary features of digital media environments and audiences.
  2. Explain effective digital media practices of storytelling, ethics, and legal policies.
  3. Translate disciplinary specific information effectively to appropriate digital audiences.
  4. Create professional and interactive digital media stories.