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Stories We Tell Course Pairing

Multimedia Storytelling (CM 308)

A hands-on introduction to, and exploration of, how stories are imagined, crafted, and produced across various platforms and as multimedia pieces. The ability to tell stories with audio, video, photography and text is highly valued. Students will develop a basic understanding of storytelling practices, research techniques, ethical journalism, and learn basic recording and editing techniques needed to produce their own media and stories in a variety of formats.

Faculty Biography

Dr. Sara Magee teaches Communication courses in broadcast, writing, media ethics, multimedia storytelling, social media, popular culture and society. She is the current Chair of the Communication Department as well as a former Emmy winning television and NPR news producer, reporter, and anchor.

Effective Writing: Writing in a Diverse and Changing World (WR 100D)

By listening to others' stories and writing our own, we will discover how writing can deepen our understanding of ourselves and others. We will experience the power of the written word to change our understanding of the world around us as we read and write about contemporary issues such as race, class, gender, and sexuality. We will explore the stories we tell and how we tell them so we can engage multiple audiences and achieve multiple purposes.

Faculty Biography

Dr. Peggy O'Neill has taught a variety of writing courses including Effective Writing, Style, Intro to Rhetoric, and Professional Writing, as well as service-learning and diversity courses. She enjoys working with first-year students and supporting them as they navigate the transition to Loyola and Baltimore. Professor O'Neill also serves as the Associate Dean of Humanities and the Core. Outside of work, she spends her spare time hiking in nearby parks and kayaking in Hawk Cove.

Mentor Biography

Eileen Simonson Hiebler, '95 is a proud Loyola alumna and currently works in Career Services as Director Career Connections. Her role involves connecting Greyhound students and alumni to companies and organizations. Eileen enjoys time outdoors, skiing, cooking, reading, and traveling. Most of all, Eileen loves spending time with her fellow Greyhound husband, Charlie, '95, who is a member of the Alumni Engagement team, and their three children - Julia LUM '24, Ryan age 17, and Colin age 12. Eileen will soon celebrate 5 years as a Loyola employee and loves getting to know her Messina students both inside and outside of the classroom!

Virtual Advisor

This course pairing is recommended for students considering a Communication major or minor. The Writing course satisfies a core requirement for all students. Students not majoring or minoring in Communication will receive elective credit for CM 201.

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