Multimedia Storytelling: Course Introduction

Doctoral Candidate Ryan Stoldt lecturing on Netflix

Welcome to Multimedia Storytelling! My name is Ryan Stoldt, and I’m excited to teach you the basics of producing stories that better engage audiences across media this semester.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars posterCourse Overview: With the convergence of old and new technologies, the journalism, marketing, and entertainment industries tell stories in complex ways that merge multiple types of media. These stories can range from news stories that feature text, data, video, and photo story components to transnational film franchises like Star Wars that produce stories for movie theaters, television, video games, and books.

This course aims to teach you the basics of multimedia storytelling as a way of increasing engagement with your audience, making your stories more accessible to a greater number of people, and building the technological skills at your disposal.

Please watch the video below to learn a little bit more about the course. Afterward, scroll down to learn more about your instructor, the course objectives, prerequisite skills needed before beginning the course, the technology you’ll need to access for the course, and a description of the major assignments for the class.

About your instructor: My past experience both in academia and professionally should give you a useful knowledge base to draw from this semester. I began teaching mass communication courses five years ago after a career in digital marketing. Earlier this year, the University of Iowa Department of Journalism and Mass Communication awarded me the Outstanding Doctoral Student in Teaching award in 2018.  If you have any questions about me or the course, feel free to contact me at

Course Objectives:

  • You will learn the strengths and weaknesses of telling stories with different media and apply those skills to analyzing and developing your own content.
  • You will learn how to produce stories for different media.
  • You will develop skills using multiple software and hardware for creating multimedia stories.

Prerequisite Skills:

  • There are no prerequisite skills required for the course.
  • Students with rudimentary knowledge about computers will hold an advantage in the course though.

Required Technology:

  • Microsoft Office (Microsoft Word and Excel)
  • Adobe Creative Suite – Student Membership (Photoshop, After Effects)
  • Final Cut Pro (Free trial through Apple).
  • Audacity  (Free download)

Major Assignments:

  • Each of these assignments will feature both a written and media production element.
  • Assignment sheets and rubrics will be provided before each major assignment.
  • There are five major assignments:
    • Data story
    • Audio story
    • Photo story
    • Video story
    • Final multimedia package (combines three media)