Arts, Politics, and Digital Storytelling

Get "the message" across using today's tools.

Program Overview

Are there connections between the Hollywood film industry and Washington, D.C. politics? The similarities begin to emerge when we examine the conventions of both politics and digital storytelling and see where they overlap.

This new course on politics and digital storytelling in the post-broadcast era is taught by Arun Chaudhary, a filmmaker working in politics. He was the first Official White House Videographer, a position created for him at the beginning of the Obama administration. He is the creator and architect of “West Wing Week”, the first-ever online video diary of the White House. During the 2008 campaign as the New Media Road Director, Chaudhary oversaw the team responsible for capturing the day-to-day life of the future president in video and stills. He and his team set a new standard in documenting history, delivering crucial images to the public from the road in real time. Chaudhary is currently Creative Director at Revolution Messaging and was recently Digital Creative Director for Senator Bernie Sanders.


Arts, Politics, and Digital Storytelling

Course Number: ISPEC-UT 100 | 2 units | Instructor: Arun Chaudhary

Marshall McLuhan said, "Our Age of Anxiety is, in great part, the result of trying to do today's jobs with yesterday's tools!" First print media, and now broadcast (radio and television) journalism have slowly become "yesterday's tools" as more and more consumers receive their news online, via social media, through podcasts, and other "tools" of today. This course will train and equip aspiring filmmakers and journalists with the knowledge and skills to use these new tools to tell digital stories in the digital age. The similarities betweeen the Hollywood film industry and Washington D.C. will emerge when we examine the conventions of both politics and digital storytelling and see where they overlap. While both have always depended on conveying a narrative, the available tools and technologies have changed. 

Program Dates

January 2019

  • Student Arrival: Sunday, January 20, 2019
  • Student Departure: Saturday, January 26, 2019

Arrival and departure dates are subject to change.


Application: The 2019 application will open on Friday, August 31, 2018.

Please read the following admissions information before starting your application.  


  • Undergraduate Tuition and Registration and Services Fee: $3,460

Additional Fees Include:

  • Program Fee: $324*

*Estimate from January Term 2018. 

Please review the Tisch Special Programs cancellation policy.

Visit the NYU Office of the Bursar for additional information on tuition and fees.


Housing is provided by NYU Washington D.C.

  • Double (with shared bath between 4): $293*
  • Single (with bath): $381*

*Estimate from January Term 2018.