Loyola University Maryland


Stories We Tell Course Pairing

Multimedia Storytelling (CM 308)

A practical exploration of how multimedia stories are crafted and their audience effects in news, persuasion, and entertainment. Students produce their own media stories in a variety of formats and strategies, apply design and aesthetic principles, and consider their legal and ethical responsibilities as media storytellers. Required for communication majors specializing in journalism and digital media.

Faculty Biography

Professor April Newton teaches journalism and mass communication courses for the Department of Communication. Her research primarily focuses on gender and journalism, and on media ethics. Professor Newton is originally from Michigan and her favorite place is always near a beach of just about any kind, on just about any day.

Effective Writing (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. She also has been involved in activities that help students link what they learn in college with career readiness. Outside of work, she spends her spare time hiking in nearby parks, kayaking in Hawk Cove on the Chesapeake Bay, and reading mysteries.

Mentor biography

Courtney Sawyer is a speech language pathologist in Baltimore, Maryland. She received her bachelor’s degree in Hearing and Speech Sciences from the University of Maryland, College Park and her Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology from Loyola University Maryland.  
Currently, Courtney serves as the ‘First Lady’ at Loyola University Maryland, where her husband Terry serves as Loyola’s 25th President. She has three sons, Ryan, Ethan, and Patrick. Ryan and Ethan are juniors in college and Patrick in graduate school. Courtney lives at Armiger House on Loyola’s campus with her husband Terry and their dogs Clementine and Annie.  


Virtual Advisor

This course pairing is recommended for students who are considering a major or minor in Communications. WR 100D satisfies the Composition and diversity core requirements for all students.

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