Multimedia StoryTelling

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Annual Ice Harvest

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The video takes a look at how the community of Tully, New York comes together each year to accomplish the one goal of ice harvesting.


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April 1, 2013 at 3:42 am

Photographing moments of grief

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This article on NPR’s photo blog is not a multimedia story, but instead a piece about photographing people in moments of grief.  This ethical issue is one that journalists everywhere seem to face, but this is especially true for photographers.

The woman involved, Marie, was captured praying after the Newtown shootings.  She says, however, that she was not asked to be photographed and the experience made her feel like a “zoo animal.”

Of course, the photographer says he did what he thought to be least intrusive. Letting Marie grieve without interruption, taking her picture only to do what journalists do…tell a story.

I guess the point of this is that there is no “right” way to handle these sorts of situations. Journalists want to capture these moments of raw, human emotion and communicate such emotions to the world. The goal is to always be respectful, but how to obtain this will, more often times than not, be situational.

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March 18, 2013 at 1:45 pm

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Weaving a New Beginning

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Weaving a New Beginning from Tucker Walsh on Vimeo.

“Weaving A New Beginning,” by Tucker Walsh, is the story of two Zambian widows. Despite their hardships, both women manage to find stability in their life with the help of a local non-profit, Chikumbuso, where widows crochet and sell bags made from recycled plastics.  Throughout the video, the transformation one undergoes when provided with the resources and emotional support to heal is illustrated. And I really liked how well he captured the personalities of both women throughout the video.

Written by dustymercier

January 31, 2013 at 5:59 am

Calming Seizures with Medical Marijuana

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Calming Jayden’s Seizures from Ariana van den Akker on Vimeo.

This video accompanied a piece ran by the LA Times in September of 2012. It tells the story of Jayden David, 6, who suffers from a rare form of epilepsy called Dravet syndrome. Jayden takes a form of medical marijuana that is not psychoactive, which means that it does not give him a high. The problem, however, is that the type of marijuana he needs to calm his seizures is difficult to obtain. This story focuses on the determination of his father, Jason David, as he continues to search for the only medication that has, so far, been able to help his son.

Written by dustymercier

January 31, 2013 at 5:36 am

The Cloud Juicer, bottling rainwater

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The Cloud Juicer from Powering a Nation on Vimeo.

Okay, so this is a really cool story about Richard Heinichen, the first licensed bottler of rainwater in the United States. It’s another multimedia story by Josh Davis, the same guy who made “Only a Dream.” The story is of course done really well, but beyond that, it was just really cool. I mean, Richard Heinichen seems like quite the character…plus he sells carbonated rainwater and calls it Happy Water.

Written by dustymercier

January 31, 2013 at 5:21 am

A First Kiss

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First Kiss from UNC | Carolina Photojournalism on Vimeo.

This is a multimedia story (which also placed at the recent College Photographer of the Year competition) by Ariana van den Akker on exactly what the title suggets, a first kiss! It takes a central question and then interviews numerous individuals about that question. It’s a simple, but a very well made video. It shows that a multimedia story can be told about pretty much anything.

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January 31, 2013 at 4:49 am

A Beautiful Waste

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A Beautiful Waste from Powering a Nation on Vimeo.

“A Beautiful Waste,” by Jon Kasbe, won silver in the category of multimedia story in the most recent college photographer of the year competition. It’s a multimedia story about urban explorer Steve Duncan and his life of exploring and photographing New York sewers. I liked this story because it is kind of a feature multimedia story example. It highlights the life of one single individual who just happens to do do something pretty unique and interesting. I also thought the technical quality of this story was notable. I mean, it was shot primarily in a sewer, where it is pitch black, and the quality of the video is really superb.

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January 31, 2013 at 4:10 am