This course is about the journalist as a visual long form storyteller, in short, a documentarian. From Canadian journalist turned documentary filmmaker Donald Brittain, to US journalistā€documentarian Laura Poitras, journalists have gravitated to the inā€depth long form. Part of the attraction lies in its capacity for context, nuance, detail and clarity, underpinned by the essentials of journalism. Students will watch, analyse, and write about a curated program of documentaries. Discussion topics will include research, the documentary interview, aesthetic approaches to story telling, editorial decision making, and journalistic and ethical considerations.

Prerequisite: 60 credit hours or permission of Instructor