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Digital Storytelling

IMC 490 (Elective)

Telling stories in a digital environment — for desktop/laptop computers, tablets and smartphones — requires storytellers to gather information differently and to offer users more access in how and where those stories are consumed. Students completing this class will understand how to clarify their message goals, approach their reporting, determine which storytelling techniques to use, decide which methods are needed to guide users through a story and attract an audience for a digital story.

The class will mix theory and applied skills. The first third of the course will introduce the elements that make online storytelling and content marketing different. The second third will look at different reporting methods. And the final third will explore the production and promotion of the content in a digital environment.

Students who complete the course will understand storytelling that engages and connects consumers, stakeholders and brands. They will produce brand-relevant stories, using a variety of online tools for reporting and presenting information and know how to market themselves and their work.