John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative
John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative


Documenting in the present tense has never been easier. MDOCS connects today's student documentarians to storytelling traditions, practices, and skills that will help shape the future.

Students can imagine taking a documentary writing course to shape a capstone paper into a compelling story, then workshopping over the summer with a documentarian to prepare that story for a public audience. Faculty may tease out the story at the heart of an academic book or article. Will the story work best as a short film? Broadcast as a radio interview? Exhibited at city hall? Published as a photo essay online? Whatever discipline, whatever method, whatever story needs telling—personal, local, national, global—MDOCS  can provide resources and tools to translate idea to a documentary project, and to integrate classroom and fieldwork.

In its approach to documentary storytelling, MDOCS