The BBC put together a short video that encapsulates some of the tweets from the moment before Nelson Mandela’s passing was announced. It’s a fascinating way to blend textual social media and the visuals of his life. Worth a minute of your time.
This can’t be of any value as it’s not a prime-number list, but I’m still sharing – Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling.
Not all apply to journalism, but a surprising number do.
For several years, photography in Afghanistan was completely banned by the Taliban. In 2001, it came back and now there is a documentary project to tell the story of photography in the country over the last decade.
(Thanks to Andrew Mendelson for the link.)
Eric Maierson over at MediaStorm put up a post about getting better at storytelling. Several good ideas embedded in here, some of which have more to do with changing yourself than your subject matter.
Going forward, I want to challenge the notion that the only way to do things is the way I’ve done them in the past.
Yes, there is an anarchistic thrill in breaking rules, but that’s not the point. As I’ve stated elsewhere, editing is an act of empathy. It’s about bridging the gap between subject and viewer to create understanding. And emotion is our single greatest tool for that purpose. Get the viewer to feel what the subject does.
This year’s even runs from September 13-15 and is at the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul. Lots of good people on the program.
Over at Mediastorm, Eric Maierson takes on the term “multimedia” and how we use it.
UGA alumni Alan Spearman and Mark Adams have been honored with a first place in the National Press Photographers Association’s Best Use of Multimedia for their work on Memphis Poverty: What Obama Didn’t See.
Pull up a chair and dig in – the video is narrated by Chris Dean, who grew up in Memphis in some pretty difficult situations, but rose up to be able to introduce President Obama during a visit to the city.
On Tuesday, John Branch from The New York Times will be talking about the stunning Snow Fall project he wrote late last year. If you haven’t experienced – and that’s a deliberate word choice – this, you have to click on the link.
He will be speaking at 12:30 in the Tate Reception Hall, which is on the first floor of the Tate Student Center on the University of Georgia campus.
Want to see what the future of journalism may hold? This is a big part of it.
Info is up on the 2013 edition of the NPPA’s Multimedia Immersion workshop, May 14-18 this year. Have heard nothing but great things about this very hands-on training session.
Every spring, I teach a course titled Documentary Photography and, the lest few iterations, I’ve felt a little funny with that name. It’s now about half photography and half video storytelling, because that’s what my kids need.
Depending on which conference you head to and what pundit has tweeted most recently, you either believe in video our you don’t. There aren’t many journalists who are ambivalent about it anymore.
Me, I’m a believer.
I teach the nat sound model, one where we don’t script it, we don’t have our voices in it, we let characters tell their own story. Those are the pieces I love to watch.
Every now and then, though, a piece gets done that floors me, a story that doesn’t fit my ideal. The Newark Star-Ledger has one of those up right now. It’s big, at 22 minutes you need to invest in it, something a lot of folks may not be willing to do. But if you care about journalism, if you care about connecting, then you have to watch Splinters & Sand.
You just have to.
Journalists Brian Donohue, Bumper DeJesus, Andre Malok and Seth Siditsky have come together to produce an emotional piece of, well, advocacy journalism on why the Jersey Shore needs to be rebuilt.
I have never been to any of the places they report on, but I have felt them all. You will too.