Caitlin Murphy ’12 didn’t come to the Valley to learn about
technology, but ultimately she found that it gave her the tools to
communicate some of her most important lessons.
Murphy was a basketball standout at LVC, participating in a
record-setting 115 games. She also carried a 3.92 GPA while
triple-majoring in English, sociology, and international studies, and
It was when she returned from her first semester in the
Netherlands that Murphy found she needed a succinct, impactful
way to communicate what the trip had meant to her.
Marie Bongiovanni, chair and professor of English, suggested
that Murphy explore an emerging form of videography known as
multimedia narrative. “It’s really about deep reflection,” Murphy
explains, describing the intensely focused and tightly edited form
of filmmaking. “You write a short script, usually just 250 words,
and spend a lot of time editing and thinking deeply about your
topic and what images you want to use.”
Working with Bongiovanni, Murphy crafted an arresting three-minute
digital film that encapsulates the fundamental experience
of her travel abroad. Visit www.lvc.edu/youtube/murphy to see
She also later worked with Bongiovanni on an Arnold Grant supported
student-faculty research project that explored the
potential of multimedia narrative to help other returning study abroad
students integrate and communicate their experiences.
Murphy presented her findings at NAFSA: Association of
International Educators, in Houston.
Currently pursuing a master’s degree in international
communication at American University in Washington, D.C.,
Murphy has been helping the school to incorporate videos
into its communications with international students, who may
struggle with text-heavy materials. “In this position I don’t actually
make the videos, but because of my knowledge I can share my
expectations, make a storyboard, help edit the films, and give my
feedback,” she says.
Murphy is also interning with the U.S. Department of State’s
Foreign Service Institute, where she is involved with research and
training. She expects to use her multimedia narrative skills during
this experience. “During my internship, I will help evaluate videos
for foreign service officers and make suggestions for ways to
make them more relevant and user-friendly,” she says.
Murphy has found that multimedia narrative has many
applications beyond helping her share her experiences with friends and family. “It’s relevant in just about every facet of my life here,”
she says. “It’s the first thing people see on my résumé, and
employers always ask about it. This is something I use to enhance
whatever I do.”