Multimedia StoryTelling

By the students of MCJ300 at The University of Southern Mississippi

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Tully Ice Harvest Festival

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This short video news story covers the annual Tully Ice Harvest Festival which took place in Tully, NY, in February 2009.

Gordon Howard, a volunteer with the Tully Ice Harvest Festival, explains how important the harvest festival is to the history of Tully.

Back before the days that refrigeration was available, farmers would harvest blocks of ice from their ponds for keeping important items like milk cold. Ice harvesting was an important part of Tully’s economy; workers would come from other cities to harvest ice to be shipped to the South and other parts of the country.

Howard explains the process of cutting the ice, moving it and storing it in ice houses insulated by sawdust.

This video is a great example of multimedia storytelling.


Written by Shanning Celeste Newell

May 1, 2013 at 4:52 am

Vice reporter unprofessional?

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I’ve seen quite a few Vice documentaries- some good, some less interesting, all very informational. With this documentary however, I had to question the credibility of the reporter and how that relates to multimedia storytelling.

In this documentary, the reporter is examining the reasons behind the ban of psychedelic mushrooms in Amsterdam and the continued legalization of the equally potent psychedelic truffles.

At the beginning of the video, the reporter buys these truffles and takes them. He actually takes a lot more than the head shop staff told him to.

The fact that the reporter did this made it seem a little like he reported on this topic just to engage in his own personal psychedelic experience. This was a very interesting story, but I’m not sure if the reporter’s trip really added anything to it.


Written by Shanning Celeste Newell

May 1, 2013 at 4:38 am

Meet Maddie (on things)

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Instagram has become a huge vehicle through which more and more people are sharing their stories with the world, one photograph at a time.

I have been following Theron Humphrey (@THISWILDIDEA) for several months now. I was immediately intrigued by his story and interesting photographs, most of which feature his adopted coonhound named Maddie posing with funny props or on top of random things.

Humphrey has over 226,000 followers that, like me, are interested in his story, the incredible bond he has made with his adopted hound.

Humphrey is traveling around the country to seek out 50 different pet adopters in 50 different states to help them tell their story of adoption.

His photographs have been featured by National Geographic and CNN.

Although Humphrey isn’t telling hard news through his photographs, he is still a great example of multimedia storytelling.

Written by Shanning Celeste Newell

April 30, 2013 at 3:00 am

The right picture is worth more than a thousand words

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This picture is perhaps one of the best examples of  multimedia story telling through a photograph that I have seen to date.

Photojournalists are burdened with the difficult task of capturing a single moment that sums up an entire story. This photo tells a clear story, one of struggle and pain, even without a caption.

The image of the child alone is shocking enough. Obviously the child is mal-nourished and in distress. However, what makes the photograph a Pulitzer Prize winner is that the photographer Kevin Carter was able to capture the buzzard staring at the child. It lays out the picture for you that there is something bigger going on than just the single hungry child. Even the buzzard is hungry enough to venture close to a living being and wait for it to die. Without a caption, you know that this is probably a poverty stricken place and there is probably a famine. 

This photograph completely captures the plight of the Sudan people.


Written by Shanning Celeste Newell

April 29, 2013 at 5:48 pm

Powerful and revealing, Whore’s Glory defines what a documentary should be

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The documentary Whore’s Glory is an inspiring example of multimedia storytelling. Whore’s glory is a powerful documentary that compares prostitution in three different parts of the world: Thailand, Bangladesh and Mexico.

It is shocking what some of the prostitutes and customers reveal in this film and the level of trust the director Michael Glawogger was able to build with these people before he began shooting it. This video clip from the documentary is an example of one of many intimate moments that made this documentary so compelling and better than others on the subject matter.

It’s also incredible how unbiased and non-judgemental this documentary on such strong subject matter is. With no narrator or commentary, Glawogger took his opinion out of it and let the subjects tell the story for what it was. According to an article in The New York Times Glawogger wrote, “Prostitution is not to be condemned or defended, prostitution simply is. It is like war. War is.”

To add more the documentary was filmed and edited beautifully. Every shot was purposeful and every quote was necessary. I would highly recommend this documentary to anyone (overage- there is nudity and some pretty shocking imagery), and I would certainly watch any of Mr. Glawogger’s other documentaries.

Written by Shanning Celeste Newell

April 28, 2013 at 11:10 pm

South City Records holds its first music festival downtown

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This is an example of multimedia storytelling through video news story. On Saturday, April 13, I ventured down to Main Street in downtown Hattiesburg where South City Records, an independent student-run music label, held its first music festival. The festival was a free event and was open to the public. The music started at 4pm and included artists K. Juan, Roundhouse Groove, The Drew Young Band, Pell, Cardinal Sons and Oh, Jeremiah. The festival, coinciding with the Art Walk, brought out a large crowd of all ages.

Printing unlicensed, untraceable 3D guns from home with the click of a button- a radical idea or a scary reality?

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This short documentary produced by Vice Magazine’s science and technology dedicated video channel MOTHERBOARD takes a inside look at the mastermind behind the creation and distribution of downloadable files that contain the blueprints for a 3D printed gun part that allows anyone with a computer and a 3D printer to create an unlicensed, untraceable fully-automatic gun. This video was extremely thorough pertaining to the information it was reporting. The testimonial from Cody Wilson, the creator of the idea, was captivating and to be honest, a bit horrifying. The creators of this video did an excellent job of striking a nerve and keeping the viewer’s undivided attention without putting a spin on the way it was reported. This video is shocking and relevant. I highly suggest that you take the time to watch this one.

Written by Shanning Celeste Newell

April 15, 2013 at 4:21 am