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Evidence-based stories that matter -- clearly, creatively and compellingly told.

The John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative (MDOCS) develops and showcases research-driven evidence-based creative storytelling that inspires, challenges, and promotes engagement. Through classes, workshops, community partnerships and residencies, MDOCS connects today’s student document-arians to storytelling traditions, ethics, and skills that will help shape the future.






Spring 2018 courses in Doc Studies



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

  • integrates liberal arts questions and analysis with documentary fieldwork and production
  • fosters partnerships connecting individual academic and artistic learning and expression with attention to community goals
  • offers instruction in documentary skills in audio, film/video, photography, and screen writing
  • explores the history and contemporary expression of documentary traditions, practices, and values
  • encourages students, faculty and staff to experiment with different documentary media
  • builds on traditional tools of oral, written, and visual presentation
  • supports documentary programming across campus

Storytellers' Institute Fellows Speak

Highlights of the work and experience of student, faculty, and documentarian participants in 2015 and 2016 Storytellers' Institute. Click here for full screen.

MDOCS Music Storytelling

Student, faculty and staff performers at the March 26, 2015, Carr Residency event, From Storage to Stage, Reviving, Restoring and Reimagining the Music Archive, led by Jocelyn Arem, Steve Rosenthal, and Jessica Thompson. Sketches by Pamela Kwong. 

See the event program here.