Environmental Communications Certificate Electives at the Center for Documentary Studies

The Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) Continuing Education program offers a wide range of classes, institutes, and workshops that can count as electives towards the Certificate in Environmental Communications. These courses vary in specific subject matter and approach. Participants are encouraged to enroll in a course that will be suited to the knowledge and skills that they already possess, while also developing their ability to apply concepts in documentary arts to their environmental campaigns.

The following is a list of CDS Continuing Education courses that are likely to be most relevant for participants in the Executive Education program. Please note that some of these opportunities take the form of online courses, while others may be in-person workshops.

Up to one CDS course, when used in conjunction with an environmental project, can count toward the Certificate in Environmental Communications


Interviewing for Story (Online) [taught in spring]

In this course, students will learn the interviewer’s skills: How to prepare for an interview, build rapport with subjects, formulate questions that elicit interesting or thoughtful responses, and effectively structure their conversations.

Instructor
Christina Cooke is associate editor at the daily food-policy website Civil Eats and a Durham-based freelance writer who writes about people, place, and culture. 

For upcoming dates: More information is here


Documentary Video Institute [this institute is offered each summer]

In this eight-day intensive, students are fully immersed in the process of documentary filmmaking. Working in small production teams (one instructor for every four students) led by experienced documentary filmmakers, you will be introduced to an array of tools and techniques as you collaborate with a partner to direct, shoot, edit, and screen a documentary short. By the time you arrive at the institute, we will have arranged for you to do fieldwork in the Durham community on a documentary subject; you will then work with your partner to decide on the technical and creative approach you want to take with your project. We will also explore different documentary genres and discuss collaboration, ethics, and community outreach.

For next dates: More information is here.


Hearing Is Believing: An Audio Documentary Institute [this institute is offered each summer]

In this weeklong, morning-till-night immersion in making audio documentaries, you’ll learn hands-on skills in recording and digital audio mixing; discuss issues such as the ethics of documentary work; explore varied uses for audio documentaries; and hear accomplished producers play and talk about their work in evening presentations. During the week you’ll collaborate with a fellow student to produce and edit a short audio documentary, from the first interview and sound-gathering to the final mix. The institute will be led by John Biewen, along with guest instructor Shea Shackelford. Special guest speaker Glynn Washington, host and executive producer of Snap Judgment, will kick off the institute with a pair of presentations.

Instructors
John Biewen is audio program director at the Center for Documentary Studies. Besides teaching summer audio institutes and undergraduate courses, he produces documentaries and features for NPR, PRI, American Public Media, and other public radio audiences. Biewen has been making radio since 1983, including eight years spent producing documentaries for American RadioWorks. His work has won many honors, including two Robert F. Kennedy Awards, the Scripps Howard National Journalism Award, and the Third Coast International Audio Festival’s Radio Impact Award.

Shea Shackelford is an audio documentary producer and creator of The Place + Memory Project, a public media project mapping a landscape of remembered places. His work has been heard nationally on such public radio shows as Weekend Edition, All Things Considered, and Snap Judgment. When he isn’t producing his own stories, Shea is busy training producers and helping stations and organizations to design and create their own projects. His awards include a Bronze Award for Best Radio Documentary at the 2010 Third Coast International Audio Festival. Shea has been part of the CDS summer audio institute team since 2005, and he is a founder of Big Shed, a public media shop specializing in audio and multimedia production.

Dates
For upcoming dates: More information is here.


Introduction to Documentary Video Field Production Workshop [this weekend course is offered each spring]

This course offers students the basic skills necessary to gather footage and negotiate technical problems in the field without compromising quality. Learn how to plan and organize a project, choose the best location for a shoot, work with available light, select the right microphone for the right situation, set proper audio levels, and “shoot in sequence.” We will also discuss proper framing and composition techniques and the advantages of hand-held vs. tripod shots.

Instructor
Simone Keith started her career as a broadcast videographer and editor. She has worked for UNC-TV and is currently on staff at North Carolina State University, where she received an Emmy for her work as videographer and editor of the show In The Garden with Bryce Lane.

Dates
For upcoming dates: More information is here.


Introduction to Documentary Video Editing Workshop [this weekend course is offered each spring]

How do you craft footage into a story—better yet, your story? We’ll analyze documentaries to learn basic editing conventions and study the effects of stylistic choices. Then, through in-class exercises, we will try it out for ourselves. Using Adobe Premiere, students will edit the same supplied footage to create their own take on the “same” story, which they will share with each other in class.

More information is here.


Introduction to Documentary Video Editing (Online) [this online course is offered in fall]

How do you craft footage into a story—better yet, your story? We’ll analyze documentaries to learn basic editing conventions and study the effects of stylistic choices. Then, through in-class exercises and weekly homework assignments, we will try it out for ourselves. Using Adobe Premiere, students will edit the same supplied footage to create their own take on the “same” story, which they will share with each other in class.

For upcoming workshop dates, see information here.


To see the list of all Continuing Education opportunities at the Center for Documentary Studies, and to register for courses, please visit: http://register.asapconnected.com/CoursesIndex.aspx