|Backpack Journalism in Uganda 2011|
The collaboration between the Department of Theology and Department of Journalism, Media & Computing came about because of a theologian interested in social justice and filmmaking and a journalist and an artist interested in filmmaking and social justice.
During the five-week class, 14 students will learn about the Catholic Church in Africa -- particularly Uganda -- how to shoot and edit video for a documentary and how to write feature stories and write for social media. We'll spend three days preparing in class in Omaha, then spend two weeks in Uganda. We'll return to Omaha to edit the documentary about people working to build peace in Uganda.
Dr. John O'Keefe, professor of theology, Dr. Carol Zuegner, associate professor of journalism, and Tim Guthrie, M.F.A., associate professor of graphic design and new media, will lead the group along with Herbert Busiku, the Africa coordinator who works for the nonprofit Computers for Africa.
Angie Shields, a Creighton graduate and website developer/designer, produced this website that will be home for class information, blogs, the documentary and the students' profiles and stories.
This is the second year for the collaboration. In 2010, O'Keefe, Guthrie and Zuegner led a group of nine students to the Dominican Republic. The group produced "Esperanza," a documentary that has won several local film festival awards.