11 Feb 2011

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2011 Distinguished Staff Nominee:

smacklinEvery year, the University of Washington honors the extraordinary accomplishments of a small number of its 23,000 classified and professional personnel through the Distinguished Staff Award. Nominees consistently surpass the bounds of their basic job description by embodying the University’s values of integrity, diversity, excellence, collaboration, innovation, and respect. This year, we are pleased to announce that our MCDM Associate Director, Scott Macklin, was nominated for this prestigious award. As part of the nomination process, Scott’s colleagues had this to say about him and his work.

“With all of his past accomplishments, the decision Scott made to join us full time in a leadership role at the MCDM says everything about him.  He’s a seeker and a storyteller, someone who does not rest easily on title, but is driven by a commitment to make better teachers and learners of us all through his unfailing service and remarkable ability to communicate.”

– Hanson Hosein, Director, Master of Communication in Digital Media, UW

“Scott’s visionary leadership of UWired, Catalyst, and PETTT had been lauded by many, on our campus and beyond. UWired fundamentally and permanently altered the culture of education at the UW and the results have been astounding.  Scott is reticent to speak about his accomplishments, but as Benjamin Franklin said, “Well done is better than well said.”  What he brings to his work goes far beyond what is required and expected.  Scott is magnanimous with his expertise, generous with his knowledge, unbridled and energetic, inclusive in word and deed, and resilient (a quality much in demand during these times.)”

– Lizabeth (Betsy) Wilson, Dean of University Libraries, UW

“Scott’s work extended to the practical, but always in creative ways: he helped us design and build new online systems for collecting and reviewing applications; for tracking student progress and keeping clear information on advising; and for monitoring course planning information. Scott also taught us to “tell our stories” in the College of Education using video and multimedia.  Scott worked with a group of our Teacher Education Program students to create a video that described feeling of separateness and alienation experienced by minority students in that program; we showed it many times, and we still use it to make the point that we need to actively listen to our students’ experiences.”

– Stephen Kerr, Chair, Area of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education, UW

“Scott’s dedication to forging alliances between the MCDM program and the greater community continues to pay dividends for both the Department of Communication and the University of Washington. By consistently providing both students and partner organizations with win-win situations, he had created a truly self-sustaining course framework that will thrive for years to come.”

– Filiz Efe, MCDM Alumna and Multimedia Project Coordinator, College of Education, UW

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Seattle Arts & Lectures Series: Storyteller Uprising

In partnership with Seattle Arts & Lectures, the MCDM program Director, Hanson Hosein, kicked off the series with an overview of how the Master of Communication in Digital Media program is uniquely situated at the center of a vibrant conversation about digital media and our world’s communication ecosystem. Viewed either as a blessing or a curse, it requires a need to re-learn how to persuasively communicate in our “noisy” digital age.  This means staying cutting edge and building in mechanisms to create trust through stories and measure success through digital engagement.

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The purpose of the five-part lecture series is to provide the latest snapshot of what we think matters most now in communication and technology.  Storyteller Uprising is about how the decline of traditional journalism has led to an increased need for trusted information. This presents a huge opportunity to individuals, communities, companies and organizations. They can fill that void by telling their own multimedia stories, building their own channels, thereby serving as trusted sources in their own right. According to Hosein, that’s the “uprising” — people seizing control of communication by building ongoing credible connection through story and digital technology.

Aligning action with his words, Hosein offered a takeaway to the attendees of the event and his Twitter followers:  a free electronic version of his new book, Storyteller Uprising: Trust and Persuasion in the Digital Age.  Hosein has offered his “manifesto” out to the community to provide the latest snapshot of what he thinks matters most now in communication and technology: trust and engagement.  This offering is also available on Kindle for $2.99.

The SALu series continues in two weeks (February 23) when Department of Communication Chair, David Domke presents on generational changes and citizen engagement.

On March 9th, MCDM law professor Kraig Baker will present the latest on legal structures governing free expression, intellectual property, and privacy and how these are all changing in the age of digital and social media.

On March 23rd, MCDM Associate Director Scott Macklin will build upon the notion of story and explain how communities are at the heart of that crucial activity, based on his own groundbreaking filmwork and specific digital storytelling examples that convene community and give it voice.

And Anita Verna Crofts, who’s also an MCDM Associate Director, will conclude the series on April 6th by going global and looking at digital media, metrics and emerging markets — where some of the most developments are occurring in our field.

Storyteller Uprising will give you a broad perspective on the changes to our communication ecosystem, as well as update you on some of the latest best practices to connect, persuade and inspire in the 21st century.

All lectures will be held from 7:30 – 9:00 in Kane Hall 210. Tickets and information: bkoemans@uw.edu

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