SOJC JAM Workshop

Allen Hall 3.0 is all about collaboration.

Whether they’re sharing ideas in open spaces throughout the building or working in teams in classrooms, students are benefiting from the shared knowledge of their peers.

This spring, Professor Tom Wheeler and 15 students took that collaborative vibe on the road with the inaugural Journalism Arts Multimedia (JAM) Workshop.

During the 10-week course, students in the workshop visited the studios and performance spaces of local artists ranging from musicians to dancers, sculptors to painters. In teams made up of a photographer, videographer, and a writer, the students ultimately prepared a multimedia package on each artist including a written article, a photo essay, and a short video.

“We weren’t reading from a “how-to” textbook but instead learning and living with people who have made a difference in the world,” said JAM Workshop participant Bryan Kalbrosky. “At 20-years-old, thanks to the JAM Workshop, I was able to interview and tell the story of one of the most prolific guitarists in rock history, Bill Harkleroad.”

But the JAM Workshop experience was about more than honing a single skill. By working in teams, the stage was set for each student to learn from each other.

“The students benefited from collaborating on teams with colleagues whose skills and specialties differed from their own,” Wheeler said. “In this way the experience reflected the kind of work environment we see developing in the profession.”

Profile topics also included photographer Melissa Mankins, soul singer Deb Cleveland, and Balinese dancer Bonnie Simoa.

The students’ work was featured on KVAL.

“It’s important to learn journalistic fundamentals in lecture halls,” Kalbrosky added, “but the JAM Workshop allowed us to work in a truly professional environment. Sharing my multimedia work on television was humbling as a student.”

Check out the other completed packages (Story, photos and video) at the SOJC Newsroom.

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