I propose that our Web storytelling class project topic should be “The holidays.” We have the unique advantage during fall quarter to experience Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas (preparations), Chanukah and a number of other American and religious holidays. Additionally, international students may celebrate their own or variations of the aforementioned holidays.
I believe this topic is broad enough that everyone can focus on something different and explore their own interests. Some ideas could be:
- Costume shopping
- Trick or Treating
- Pumpkin patches
- Thanksgiving dinner
- Black Friday (holiday shopping)
- Christmas bazaars
- Student holidays away from home
- Christmas tree hunting/decorating
- Traditional holiday foods
- Holiday food banks/non-profit events
Students should have little trouble accessing venues and events related to the holidays, as many of the above are public events. Students can also think about documenting their own family traditions or take a journalistic approach and join a family, group, or religious affiliation that interests them and report their experiences.
The holidays will be of high interest to broad audiences by the time the videos are finalized in early December. We could possibly attach these videos to holiday stories that university communications will be writing for the university Web site, which could gain the MCDM program exposure as well.