Multimedia StoryTelling

By the students of MCJ300 at The University of Southern Mississippi

Multimedia story example about Afghanistan

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Seamus Murphy/MediaStorm on Vimeo.

A Darkness Visible: Afghanistan is a multimedia story that covers 30 years of Afghan history. From the Soviet invasion to the Taliban and the American occupation, this multimedia story focuses on Afghan citizens and how their lives play out in the shadow of superpowers. It reminds us that the Afghan people and their desires for self-determination are the most important parts of rebuilding a nation, not the amount of money and troops foreign countries decide to throw their way.

After visiting Afghanistan 14 times, the photojournalist Seamus Murphy worked with MediaStorm, a multimedia production studio, to create the project. The fact that he is a photojournalist is quite evident after viewing the videos because the photos are the strongest part of the series. Although he does use a great deal of video, the majority of the story is done through photographs with overlapping interviews. The accompaniment of music was nice because it helped set the mood for the story. Murphy himself is interviewed throughout the story and he sort of serves as a narrator to help move the series along. He interviews ordinary Afghan citizens, academics, Afghan political leaders and American military leaders.

The entire series can be seen here and is about 20 minutes long. It’s broken up into 6 videos, and  the video above serves as a summary of the whole segment (it was the only video I could get to embed correctly). The project in its entirety mimics a print story in that each video has a sort of sub heading to better organize the content.

I guess it almost works more as a documentary? But I suppose multimedia stories are like small documentaries, really.


Written by dustymercier

October 4, 2012 at 6:47 pm

Posted in examples, multimedia, Video

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  1. Great example. Note how the use of still pictures, text, and video together in this piece. Well done. Also, I agree with you that it is like a mini documentary — and that is a good way to think about multimedia storytelling in general.


    October 8, 2012 at 1:20 pm

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