Students at the Reed College of Media at West Virginia University have teamed up with students at the School of Global Journalism & Communication at historically Black Morgan State University in Baltimore on a project called “Bridging Selma.”
The Bridging Selma project is a technology-driven journalism project that takes a look at Selma today through the prism of the past. Students from each school traveled with faculty members to Selma and used photographs, videos and the written word to tell stories from the city past as well as investigating the community’s present and hopes for the future.
Assistant professor Karen Houppert was the faculty leader for the team from Morgan State University. She notes that “for many of the students, it was their first time in a southern town steeped in the conflicting imagery of Confederate tradition and daunting symbols of the civil rights struggle. Through multimedia storytelling and individual narrative, ‘Bridging Selma’ enabled students to learn about each other’s differences as well as their commonality while reporting stories that confront issues of race and social equity. These stories and their personal interaction taught them how to become part of this nation’s larger dialogue on race.”
The students’ journalism effort can be viewed here.