SemesterFall Semester, 2023
DepartmentInternational Master's Program in International Communication Studies, First Year International Master's Program in International Communication Studies, Second Year
Course NameDigital Narratives and New Media Technology
InstructorLIN YI-CHIEH
Course TypeElective
Course Objective
Course Description
Course Schedule

Course Schedule & Requirements




Course Content

Required Readings









(Cook & Lin)

  • Introducing the instructor team

  • Going through the syllabus with students

  • Q&A with instructors


Please bring something you can use to fill out a digital survey!


Writing a fictional story – Part I





  • The anatomy of a story

  • Story formats: The Novella

  • Story formats: The Script

1, 2



Writing a fictional story – Part II





  • Vocabulary choices and target audiences

  • Writing practice (demand writing)

3, 4

Please bring something to write with – either pencil and paper or a laptop.


Place Storytelling & Digital Journalism




  • Basics of digital journalism

  • Place Storytelling theory and techniques







No class


Field Trip - Maokong

Students will meet in the historic Maokong area to learn about Taiwanese tea culture. They will also be thinking of how they can apply their place storytelling techniques to a story about the modern Maokong area.


First written assignment due by 11:59pm


Guest Speaker – Mr. Chung-Fong Chen






The guest speaker will discuss 1) what it’s like to work in traditional content creation, and 2) what kind of audio and visual techniques they use to make engaging content.




Guest Speaker – Memie Osuga

A View from Taiwan’s Independent Feature Animation: Pipeline Optimization and Global Market Prospects




Midterm Presentations





We will look at all the photojournalism projects as a class and have the opportunity to ask questions and receive feedback.


Be sure to bring multiple copies of your project, on a USB and in the cloud!


Crafting a real-life story








  • How real-life stories are different from fictional ones

  • Journalism vs. “based on a true story”

  • Writing practice (demand writing)

8, 9

Please bring something to write with – either pencil and paper or a laptop.


Guest Speaker – Prof. Dr. Alfred Hermida (I)



The business of digital journalism: Funding models, audiences and sustainability

10, 11



Guest Speaker – Prof. Dr. Alfred Hermida (II)



Media innovation: Approaches to innovation in digital journalism


Second written assignment due by 11:59pm


Guest Speaker – Dr. Joyce Tsai



Innovative approaches to museum curation in the digital age




Visit – National Palace Museum








We will be going to the National Palace Museum, one of the largest in Taiwan, to experience their virtual and augmented reality exhibits and see the integration of new media to bring history to life.


Transportation to be arranged individually.


Emotions & Narrative











  • Basic theories of emotion (media and traditional psychology)

  • Creating self-transcendent experiences

  • Topics of importance around the world

5, 6, 7



Fieldwork time for final project



No class



Final Presentations





We will watch all the final content pieces as a class and have the opportunity to ask questions and receive feedback.

Final audiovisual project due

Be sure to bring multiple copies of your project, cloud and physical!

Teaching Methods
Teaching Assistant



  • Written Assignments     40%

    • The course includes two written assignments: one writing a fictional story (20%), and one writing a journalistic-style story (20%).

      • Fictional Story = 2000-3000 words

      • Journalistic Story = 1000-2000 words

    • Specific writing prompts will be given on September 29, 2022 (fictional story) and November 10, 2022 (journalistic-style story).

    • These are individual assignments that can be submitted by e-mail to Dr. Cook at by the due dates indicated in the schedule (11:59pm, October 13, 2022 for the fictional assignment, and 11:59pm, December 1, 2022 for the journalistic-style assignment).

    • Specific rubrics will be discussed in class, but the following is a rough outline of how each project will be graded:

      • English quality, including word choice, orthography, and grammar (40%)

      • Story structure follows what was taught in class (30%)

      • For journalism, accuracy of information (15%) – for fictional story, presence of a discernible theme or message (15%).

      • Following the word count (%10)

      • Creativity (5%)

  • Projects                    50%

    • There will be two projects that need to be completed in this class. The first one (20%), to be presented at the midterm point, will be a photojournalism project where students design a mini-newspaper, while the second one (30%), to be presented at the end of the course, will be an audiovisual project (video) telling a real-life story, either current or historical.

    • These will be group projects. The first will consist of a single or double-page pdf document with images and the second will be a video whose duration will depend on the size of the group:

      • 2 people = 1000 words, 3 images/7 minutes

      • 3 people = 1500 words, 4 images/12 minutes

      • 4 people = 2000 words, 5 images/15 minutes

    • Specific rubrics will be discussed in class, but a general outline of the grading is as follows:

      • Followed the story structure as instructed in class [40%]

      • Effectively made use of the correct equipment for the job [10%]

      • Incorporated techniques mentioned by industry speakers throughout the course, as appropriate to the format adopted by the student(s) [10%]

      • Clear and understandable English – as it is spoken English, and targeted at a non-academic audience, written grammar and word choice will not be graded, but it must be easily understood by the instructors [15%]

      • Included … [20%]

        • Accurate information [15%]

        • Inclusion of footage relevant to the story [5%]

      • Creativity/Originality [5%]

  • Late projects and assignments will be docked 5% per 24-hour period that they are late, to a maximum of 20% of the total project grade lost. Projects and assignments submitted more than a week late will not be graded and will receive a 0.

  • Attendance             10%

    • Because this class has several guest lecturer appearances that will not be recorded, and includes in-class discussions and field trips, attendance is mandatory.

    • Unless 24-hour notice is given alongside a valid excuse (these are evaluated on a case-by-case basis, but include medical incidents and bereavement), 0.5% of the final grade will be removed for each class missed, to a maximum of 10% of the total grade.

Textbook & Reference

  1. Barros, L. M., & Musse, S. R. (2005). Introducing narrative principles into planning-based interactive storytelling. In ACE ’05: Proceedings of the 2005 ACM SIGCHI International Conference on Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology (pp. 35-42).

  2. Rolfe, B., Jones, C. M., & Wallace, H. (2010). Designing dramatic play: Story and game structure. In Proceedings of HCI 2010 (pp. 448-452).

  3. Glatch, S. (2020, August 24). The importance of word choice in writing. Accessed April 27, 2022. Retrieved from

  4. Sitar, D. (2019, February 6). Who is your target audience? Use this simple trick to figure out if they actually exist. Writer’s Digest. Accessed April 27, 2022. Retrieved from

  5. Rieger, D., Frischlich, L., & Oliver, M. B. (2018). Meaningful entertainment experiences and self-transcendence: Cultural variations shape elevation values, and moral intentions. The International Communication Gazette, 80(7), 658-676.

  6. Oliver, M. B., Raney, A. A., Slater, M. D., Appel, M., Hartmann, T., Bartsch, A., … & Das, E. (2018). Self-transcendent media experiences: Taking meaningful media to a higher level. Journal of Communication, 68(2), 380-389.

  7. Tamborini, R., Bowman, N. D., Eden, A., Grizzard, M., & Organ, A. (2010). Defining media enjoyment as the satisfaction of intrinsic needs. Journal of Communication, 60, 758-777.

  8. Meleen, M. (2022). Core difference between fiction and nonfiction writing. YourDictionary. Accessed April 27, 2022. Retrieved from

  9. The University of Ari Writing Center. (2021). Journalistic writing. The University of Ari: Global Cam Writing Center. Retrieved from

  10. Ku?ng, L. (2017). Going digital: A roadmap for organisational transformation. Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.

  11. Hermida, A., & Young, M. L. (2021). Journalism innovation in a time of survival. In M. Luengo & S. Herrera-Damas (Eds.), News Media Innovation Reconsidered: Ethics and Values in a Creative Reconstruction of Journalism (pp. 40-52). Wiley-Blackwell.

  12. Shehade, M., & Stylianou-Lambert, T. (2020). Virtual reality in museums: Exploring the experiences of museum professionals. Applied sciences10(11), 4031.

  13. Bassano, C., Barile, S., Piciocchi, P., Spohrer, J. C., Iandolo, F., & Fisk, R. (2019). Storytelling about places: Tourism marketing in the digital age. Cities87, 10-20.

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