War: Through Their Eyes
Grace Lim, lecturer, journalism
Writing for the Media
While the Iraq War is being fought halfway around the world, the students in Grace Lim's Spring 2009 Writing for the Media class found relevancy right here on campus. They found students and alumni who have already seen the war firsthand in the Middle East or are awaiting the order to serve abroad. In one semester, these student journalists produced the War: Through Their Eyes multimedia project, which included an 80-page full-color book, a series of podcasts and a photo exhibit. War: Through Their Eyes gave 16 University of Wisconsin Oshkosh student soldiers and Marines a forum to tell the world why they enlisted during a time of war, what they did and what they felt at the front lines. The project garnered state and national attention and culminated with a May 15, 2009 exhibit opening, which showcased the photographs taken by UW Oshkosh student photographer Amber Patrick, the podcasts, the articles and the videos. The exhibit runs through September 2009 at Steinhilber Gallery's site in the second floor of Reeve Union.
The following videos are also available for download to your iPod through UW Oshkosh iTunesU (requires iTunes).
On Sept. 18, highlights of the War: Through Their Eyes student journalism project were exhibited at the 2009 WACADA Conference. The exhibit included 15 photographs and a video about the making of the project. About 200 people attended the Going Global: Advising Our Diverse Students conference, which was held at the Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, Wis.
Watch what Angela Victor, WACADA conference planning committee member and UW Oshkosh Academic Advisor, had to say about the exhibit.
The project reached an audience beyond campus grounds. Three students wrote articles that were published on ABCNews.com and Oshkosh Northwestern devoted a Sunday frontpage to the War: Through their Eyes project.
- War: Through Their Eyes site
- War: Through Their Eyes - The Podcasts on iTunesU
- Media Coverage on the War: Through Their Eyes project