Introduction to Documentary Studies
CMN 49
Department of Communication

Tentative Course Schedule


31 March
  • Course Introduction
  • In Class Listening: Ira Glass, “Watching the Detectives”
Internet Resources:
Documentary Film and Video
2 April

Required Reading:

  • Bill Nichols, "How Do Documentaries Differ From Other Types of Film?"
Internet Resources:
7 April
Required Reading:
9 April
14 April
Required Reading:
  • Liz Stubbs, Documentary Filmmakers Speak (excerpts)
16 April
Required Reading:
  • Calvin Pryluck, “Ultimately We Are All Outsiders”
Internet Resources:
Literary Journalism
21 April
Required Reading:
  • Norman Sims, "The Art of Literary Journalism"
  • Mark Kramer, "Breakable Rules for Literary Journalists"
Internet Resources:
23 April
Required Reading:
  • Gay Talese, "Of Things Unnoticed"
Internet Resources:
28 April
Required Reading:
  • Hunter S. Thompson, "The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved"
  • Guest Lecture: Mike Conklin
Internet Resources:
30 April
Required Reading:
  • Lee Gutkind, "The Creative Nonfiction Police"
5 May
Required Reading:
  • David Eggers, "Hitchhiker’s Cuba"
  • JoAnn Wypijewski, "The Secret Sharer"
Internet Resources:
Mid-Term Paper Due
Audio Documentary
7 May
Required Reading:
  • Daniel Makagon and Mark Neumann, “Writing Culture and Recording Culture”
Internet Resources:
12 May
Required Reading:
  • Hildegard Westerkamp, “Soundwalking”
Internet Resources:
14 May
Required Reading:
  • Nieman Reports excerpts (pp. 6-21)
  • Guest Lecture: Dan Weissmann, Vocalo
Internet Resources:
19 May
Required Reading:
  • Rick Moody, “The Construction of Humanism in Documentary Radio”
Internet Resources:
Documentary Photography
21 May
Required Reading:
  • Derrick Price, "Surveyors and Surveyed" (pp. 57-76)
Internet Resources:
26 May
Required Reading:
  • Memorial Day
28 May
Required Reading:
  • Derrick Price, "Surveyors and Surveyed" (pp. 77-101)
2 June
Required Reading:
4 June
Photography Presentations
9 June
Final Papers Due by 3:30

Last Update: 24 March 2008
Send questions, comments, or reasonable suggestions to: Daniel Makagon