The Meek School of Journalism and New Media produced a documentary over the course of the semester titled “Casino Gaming in Mississippi: Worth the Gamble?” Graduate students in professor of journalism Brad Schultz’s Multimedia Documentary course led the way in putting the documentary together along with help from associate professor of journalism Kathleen Wickham’s undergraduate students. Schultz, who led the documentary project, was satisfied with the overall production of the documentary and the students’ effort.
“I was very impressed, both with the quality of the final product and the work of the students. I believe it is one of the best projects the school has ever produced, and a lot of the credit goes to the graduate students. The grad students in the class were willing and eager to tackle the project from start to finish.”
The documentary discusses casino practices in the state of Mississippi, encompassing the good, the bad and the ugly. The documentary considers history, economics, addiction and the profits made from casino gambling. Schultz wanted this project to be something chosen by the students, not him.
“We wanted to do something that had some depth to it but also had enough facets that everyone in the class could get involved on some level. Several different ideas were kicked around, but it seemed like casinos was the topic that generated the most interest.”
The project required much patience and traveling by the students, but with the willingness to uncover the truths about casinos, students made the necessary arrangements to make sure the full story was told, Schultz said.
“I thought it went surprisingly well. We ran into a few roadblocks as you would expect with any project of this nature, but the class seemed to be able to get around them and move forward. The students’ willingness to travel and shoot video made it a smooth process.”
The documentary can be seen on the Meek School of Journalism and New Media website, or click this link to view: https://meek.olemiss.edu/2014/12/11/meek-students-produce-documentary-on-mississippi-casinos/.