Scripps students at helm of two recently launched multimedia sites
By Erin Roberts, firstname.lastname@example.org
ATHENS, Ohio (June 2, 2011)—In spite of the end-of-academic-year crunch, students in the Scripps College of Communication have churned out two dynamic multimedia sites, both of which have launched online in the past week.
“There’s no time for senioritis in VisCom,” said Terry Eiler, director of the School of Visual Communication, where most of the students involved in the creation of the sites study. “Both sets of students made the commitment to create something for and about the community and gave a tremendous amount of time to do it.”
Soul of Athens and Project C both focus on Athens and the surrounding communities. Soul of Athens is a long-running project of the School of Visual Communication (VisCom), but also involves students in other Scripps programs. Project Click is a new site conceptualized by students in the Ohio University Multimedia Society, advised by VisCom professor Sam Girton, but open to all majors.
The fifth edition of Soul of Athens worked from the theme “Our Dreams Are Different,” and examined the changing American Dream among those in the region. Past editions of the digital publication have won awards and garnered national acclaim. The site launched June 1 atwww.2011.soulofathens.com. The project also has a number of other online outlets for information at blog.soulofathens.com, facebook.com/soulofathens and @soulofathens on Twitter.
VisCom graduate student and project facilitator Christina Baird said the goal of Soul of Athens this year was to choose a more universal theme so that viewers from across the country could relate more to the topics, even though many of the stories were shot locally.
“While past editions of Soul of Athens explored how the community of Athens is unique, this year’s theme looks at the changing American dream,” Baird said. “The topics are broad enough that viewers in Boston can relate, especially given the nation’s current economy. We also worked really hard to incorporate journalism students in this project. It’s the most collaborative Soul of Athens yet.”
Project C, located at www.clickingcreateschange.com, is an outreach effort for local charities. Visitors to the site can view multimedia pieces about four local charities and have seven days (beginning with the site’s launch on May 31) to vote for their favorite two. Each of the four charities will receive funding raised by the students based on the percentages of votes they receive.
“We started Project C to create a way for students and community members to become more informed about and involved in the nonprofit organizations in Athens County,” said Annette Drapac, a junior interactive multimedia major in VisCom and one of the project leaders. “We took what we knew how to do from studying in VisCom and Media Arts and Studies and put it to good use by helping to highlight some of the nonprofits that have not been highlighted in the past on such a personal level. We used portraits, documentaries and graphics to inform and inspire people to become more involved in their communities, whether it be in Athens or in their hometowns.”
Other student project leaders were Tony Guglielmi and Kyle Ackley, also interactive multimedia majors. A video about Project C is available at http://vimeo.com/24258922, and a blog detailing the work that went into it is at http://clickingcreateschange.blogspot.com/.