Sunday, March 14, 2010

About our class

Documenting Social Injustice is all about learning how to create media, and how to partner with advocacy groups and other classmates to help mobilize people to create change.

The class is a sort of boot camp for the media activist. We look at documentaries, media and art work, present web sites, trailers, share media activist techniques and learn how to use new media to get our messages out to a global audience.

Students are creating compelling stories with their writings, photographs, video interviews, and observational recordings, supported with well researched data, powerful music, and spoken word presentations.

Twelve students started creating blogs with their class writings, photo essays and media projects and will be sharing these through different forms of new media and social networking techniques.

As we communicate on this blog, and share media projects on Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube we ask that visitors comment, share knowledge and ideas and suggest ways that we can create more effective activist media. Help us to CREATE CHANGE.


  1. This class really is a crash course. I think even if we don't really put together a major documentary project that is fine. We can build a great foundation for a future documentary in this course.

    I am now in with Environmental Illinois to produce video for them that would help build support for a city ordinance that would regulate the impact and effects of coal plants in the Pilsen and Little Village communities of Chicago.

    This was one of my proposal ideas earlier on in the semester and it's amazing that a classmate I was with at the Community Media Awards Benefit on Wednesday ran into this Environmental Illinois person and so now I have a foundation and I have the potential to do work on the issue of coal in Illinois with others for a while.

    So, this class is getting me started on projects, helping me to develop them. I wonder what my other classmates think. I wonder if they are having the success that I am having.

    I hope they can enjoy it because it gets right what many classes at Columbia get wrong.

  2. I am looking forward to seeing the work that your class creates.