Fall 2018 Advanced Visual Journalism
Class Project: “Mount Baker: The beating heart of Whatcom County”
In the fall of 2018, students in the advanced visual journalism course at Western Washington University explored our community’s connection to Mount Baker. The mountain has an iconic presence for residents and visitors alike. For some, it’s a recreational playground and for others it’s a scientific laboratory.
Spring 2018 Advanced Visual Journalism
Class Project: “The Edge”
In the spring of 2018, students in the advanced visual journalism course at Western Washington University sought out stories of life on the edge. Using visual storytelling techniques, these students explored narratives of art, therapy, homelessness, and van life. Each of these topics illustrates a different aspect the class theme of “The Edge.”
Spring 2017 Advanced Visual Journalism
Class Project: “Stories Along the Nooksack”
During the spring quarter of 2017, students in the advanced visual journalism course at Western Washington University decided to use the Nooksack River as a guide for seeking out stories in Whatcom County. Over the span of several weeks, 13 students explored the river from Mount Baker to Bellingham Bay. Together they produced a series of multimedia projects titled “Stories Along the Nooksack” that highlights the impact and significance of the river on the community.
Fall 2016 Advanced Visual Journalism
Class Project: “Bridging the Divide”
There has been much discussion recently about America’s ever-widening gap in the rural-urban divide. This inspired students in the Advanced Visual Journalism course at Western to explore the topic on a local level. During the fall of 2016, nine students set out to find stories in Bellingham and rural Whatcom County to better understand this phenomenon. While it is inevitable that some cultural, political and geographic divisions will continue to exist, there are individuals, companies and organizations who are “Bridging the Divide” in sustainable ways.
Spring 2016 Advanced Visual Journalism
Class Project: “Repurposing Downtown”
On a bright spring afternoon in late March of 2016, Joe Gosen, assistant professor of journalism at Western Washington University, offered up an idea to 13 of his students in their visual journalism capstone class. Inspired by his recent relocation to Bellingham and involvement as a Community Engagement Fellow at WWU, Gosen wanted to challenge his students to use the culmination of their skills to produce a project from the ground up. Months later, the motley crew of talented individuals created 48 Degrees North, a website dedicated to finding and telling the stories of Bellingham and Whatcom County. In preparation of launching the site, students focused their multimedia projects on historic preservation and sustainable practices in Bellingham’s downtown core. Their combined efforts resulted in “Repurposing Downtown” as well as the official launch of this website in June 2016.