I had the pleasure of taking an English/journalism course about Fake News in the fall of 2017. Taught by professor and journalist Angela Ards, the course placed our current fake news phenomenon in a much broader historical perspective—it was pretty neat!
In lieu of a final exam, students had the option of choosing between writing a 5-6 page paper and producing a creative project. Opting for the later, I created a satirical investigative report about the president of Boston College. My goal was to make something similar to a Daily Show correspondent segment, and I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out:
The production process was fairly straightforward: I wrote a script and some interview questions and then asked my good pal Daniel DiCoco if he could film me running around campus like an idiot on a cold and windy November afternoon. For editing, I used Adobe Premiere Pro and attempted to clean up the windy audio in Audition. This project was important to me because I was (and still am) really bothered by of Fr. Leahy’s silence and overall inaccessibility. I should also point out that none of the student interviews were scripted or fake.
After presenting in class, I uploaded the video to my Facebook profile where it received a lot of love from my friends and the larger BC community. It now has over 4,000 views, 14 shares, and 250 likes, much to my surprise. This was a very enjoyable project, and I’m glad I was able to make a small contribution to the greater campus conversation about institutional racism at Boston College.