Students at the UNC School of Media and Journalism will have a once-in-a-lifetime experience this semester to use their skills in another country: Cuba.
Students in MEJO 584, Documentary Multimedia Storytelling, are going to Cuba as part of an annual international trip the class takes. The purpose is to combine photojournalism, web design and storytelling to represent a foreign culture.
In the past, students in the class have produced content from Panama, Buenos Aires and Mexico City. Pat Davison, professor for the class, sees the unique environment as one of the primary benefits students gain.
“To be able to go to a really interesting but challenging environment and to overcome language barriers and culture barriers — it’s one thing to go impose your American views on another area and see it through your American eyes, but what we try to do is do our research and understand the area and be able to go do culturally accurate reporting and storytelling,” Davison said.
The students are spending the semester planning the focus of the trip and the stories they will tell. They depart March 9 and return March 18. After the trip, they spend the rest of the semester producing, editing and creating the website for their final product, which will be presented the week before classes end at a public screening open to the campus.