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Civic Media

Instructor: Jeremy Blatter
Credits: 4

Civic Media explores the theoretical, ethical, and technical dimensions of socially engaged documentary filmmaking through critical readings, discussion, and production-based assignments oriented around using recorded sound and image to tell local stories, amplify community voices, and facilitate civic engagement through media practice. In partnership with CinemaEd—a local non-profit focused on providing filmmaking education and mentorship opportunities for high school students—this class will work collaboratively on the design and implementation of a Civic Media Workshops Series at Orange High School (OHS) in Orange, NJ. Because this course involves regular visits to OHS to run our civic media workshops, students registering for this course must be available at least one hour before and after the scheduled class time for transport to and from OHS.

Prerequisites: MCOM 201 or ART 250 or ART 230, or instructor permission.

Attributes: CLA-Breadth/Humanities; CLA-Community Based Learning; CLA-Immersive Experience

Meeting Time/Days

  • Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays
  • Time: 12:30 – 2:30
  • Term: Spring, 2021

Registration Information

  • MCOM 304 (CRN 31107)

About Community-Based Learning Courses

CBL classes foster the ability to connect academic learning with action in the world by working with off-campus community organizations. They seek to benefit their partner organizations and our shared community by addressing a need or strengthening a capacity that serves the common good. In a CBL course, you apply what you learn to real-world problems, providing a “mini-internship” that gives you the opportunity for career exploration, experience working in diverse communities, and the chance to help build your professional network. All CBL classes have been approved as Immersive Experiences.

For questions: For questions related to the course, contact the instructor/s. For general questions about Community Based Learning courses contact the Center for Civic Engagement at

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