The Reider showcases the work of students who enroll in Journalism 202, an Introduction to Digital Journalism, at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. The website’s name is a play on Reid Hall, home of the journalism department and the building where majors spend the bulk of their time.
The course is designed to prepare journalism students for a multimedia world in which the public’s thirst is insatiable for news and information accessible on computers, tablets and cell phones.
Taught by Prof. Toni Locy, Journalism 202 introduces students to powerful multimedia storytelling techniques that likely will determine the future of journalism. Over a 12-week term, students focus on reporting and writing as they explore the power of various multimedia tools to tell compelling stories to mass audiences.
Students report with audio recorders, video cameras, iPads and cell phones. To create their stories, students work with audio and video editing applications, including Final Cut X, Soundslides and Avid Media Composer.