Salt Institute for Documentary Studies

Located in Portland, Maine, the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies offers a 15-week immersion program for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in documentary writing, photography, or radio.
This blog is an update of current Salt students insights and musings.


The Imperfect Process

If you like to plan things out ahead of time, the process of finding covering a story is frustrating, particularly for writing students. That's not to disparage the difficulties that photography and radio students face, but given the amount of time it can take to sit down and hammer out even a 2-3 page article, not to mention refining it after, it can be stressful to not know when the research phase is finished and when you can devote yourself fully to writing.

I guess maybe you get spoiled by college and high school where there is a clean line between one stage and the other, and in this respect the curriculum here at Salt is closer to the real world with all it's messiness. Still, this reality can't be overstated to future Salt students, and they should be well prepared to throw themselves into that glorious mess.

-Marc LeBourdais

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