JEM gives students the opportunity to get out and report! Immersive learning projects help students apply the skills and theory taught in the classroom.
Eyes on LaFollette
Since 1993, a class led by professor Rob Heller makes the trip to the small town of LaFollette, Tenn. This advanced photojournalism class captures the stories of the town and is published in a section of the Lafollette Press each year. In 2014, the Tennessee State Museum hosted an “Eyes on LaFollette” exhibit featuring the 21 years of photos from the photojournalism class.
Landgrant Films uses documentary journalism to shine light on non-profit organizations around East Tennessee.
Here are some of their recent projects:
“Teach a Man to Fish” is a short-form documentary that tells the story of Dan Moneymaker, a wounded veteran, who says without Project Healing Waters he would be dead.
“Reaching Recovery” goes in-depth to report on the nearly 1,000 babies born in Tennessee born drug addicted. Medical experts, addiction specialists, policy makers, and the mothers whom have stuggled with drug addiction are interviewed in the half-hour documentary that aired on WBIR-10.