COMM 490 - Capstone Seminars in Media Topics
Fall 2022, Section 001 - Documentary Journalism: Representing Reality on the Screen
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Communication and Media (COMM)
Department: LSA Communication and Media
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Credit Exclusions:
No more than three credits can be elected from COMM 450-490.
Waitlist Capacity:
Enforced Prerequisites:
Declared Communication Studies Seniors ONLY.
Advisory Prerequisites:
COMM 251, COMM 261, COMM 271 or COMM 281 strongly recommended.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This is a capstone course for Communication and Media seniors. It focuses on the history and practice of documentary journalism. Students will read texts on journalistic documentaries, watch and critique a wide range of films, and work in teams to produce the students’ own short documentaries. A guest speaker who is a documentary filmmaker will address the class and answer students’ questions. Anthony Collings, the lecturer who teaches this course, is a former CNN foreign and Washington correspondent who shoots and edits his own short documentaries in addition to teaching. He will show samples of his work to the class. 

Required Text:

1. Documentary Film: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) by Patricia Aufderheide, New York: Oxford University

Press, First Edition, 2007.

2. Documenting the Documentary: Close Readings of Documentary Film and Video, New and Expanded


(Contemporary Approaches to Film and Media Series), edited by Barry Keith Grant

and Jeannette Sloniowski, Detroit: Wayne State University Press, Paperback edition,


Intended Audience:

The capstone seminar is intended for Comm and Media majors in their final year of study.


COMM 490 - Capstone Seminars in Media Topics
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
 In Person
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: This is a Capstone course reserved for declared Communication and Media senior majors.
002 (SEM)
 In Person
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: This is a Capstone course reserved for declared Communication and Media senior majors.
003 (SEM)
 In Person
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: This is a Capstone course reserved for declared Communication and Media senior majors.

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