Documentaries produced by Mass Communication Students
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Murphysboro, IL
(Oct 2nd – Oct 4th, 2009)

This project was produced by students in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, in cooperation with the City of Murphysboro.

Incorporating the storytelling traditions of Oral History and visual documentary, students used audio, still photography and video to capture stories, portraits and moments in the community over the course of one full weekend. The students were invited into schools, businesses, farms, churches, and homes throughout the community, and spent time with community members as they worked, played, and worshiped.

No single project such as this could ever hope to capture all that is distinctive in a community such as Murphysboro. What this project offers is a “taste” of the community and a sense of it. A taste of the faces and places that make this community special, and a sense of the friends and neighbors who help make Murphysboro the unique place that it is. Our goal is that people viewing and listening to this work now and in the future, will have a true feel of what life is/was like for members of this community during this point in time.

This project was made possible in part by a grant from the Illinois Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Illinois General Assembly.

Photos, Video, Audio, Written Stories and Multimedia Production by:

Ashley Andersen, Al Anderson, Steven Berczynski, Edyta Blaszczyk, Sami Bowden, Alex Brahler, Suzanne Caraker, Evan Davis, Kerry Dougherty, James Durbin, Dan Dwyer, Mariona Jones, Bruno Maestrini, Adriane Matkovich, Ian McComas, James McDonnough, Jacob Mayer, Devin Miller, S. Lela Norem, Genna Ord, Ian Preston, Joe Rehana, Julia Rendleman, Jenna Richardson, Lauren Roberts, Will Roberts, Nadia Samie, Isaac Smith, Rachel Snow, Diana Soliwon, Emily Sunblade, Patrick Sutphin, Jess Vermeulen.