Multimedia StoryTelling

By the students of MCJ300 at The University of Southern Mississippi

Posts Tagged ‘Photojournalism

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

“Gentle Giants”: Paolo Patrizi Goes Behind the Scenes with Sumo Wrestlers

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I found this fascinating photo essay by Paolo Patrizi today while I was browsing the internet. Patrizi used photography to tell the story of the daily lives of sumo wrestlers in Japan, and does a great job with photos like this one.

Chef Tagonishiki prepares lunch at Takasago beya. I found the subject matter extremely interesting, the photos are of excellent quality, and the storytelling has a very clear narrative. The rest of the photos can be found here, and its definitely worth it to take a look at the whole story.

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April 18, 2013 at 2:59 am

An Argument Defending Publishing Graphic Photographs

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While reading all the updates on the Boston Marathon Bombing, I ran across a story that truly resonated with me. This article by Jason Farago on the New Republic website articulates the best argument I have heard explaining why graphic photos need to be published. Farago centered the article around this pervasive photo of a severely injured bystander that lost both of his legs as a result of the bombings:516d8e417f320.image

The photo, which was taken by Associated Press photographer  Charles Krupa, shows  Jeff Bauman being rushed to a waiting ambulance after being injured by the bombs. This photo made Bauman’s father, also Jeff Bauman, aware that his son had been badly injured, after Bauman tried to contact his son unsuccessfully. It is only one example of how photos can positively impact the world. The man in the cowboy hat,  Carlos Arredondo, was at the race handing out flags as a memorial for his son, who died in Iraq in 2004. Because of this photo, he can be recognized for his heroic act of picking Bauman up off the street and getting him help.

In the article, Farago explains the ethical decision making behind the publishing of graphic images such as this one. He articulates the point of view of photojournalists the world over, and I really appreciate it. His argument is what pops into my head every time I hear someone say that a photo shouldn’t have been published. It clearly and intelligently narrates what a photojournalist thinks when they press that shutter button.   The article itself is a very compelling and passionate piece of work, and I highly recommend you click through and read the author’s work.

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April 17, 2013 at 6:44 pm

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This photograph captures the struggle a mother raising a daughter with Cerebral Palsy who cannot take care of herself goes through every day. This photograph is heart-wrenching. It is hard to imagine what it would be like as a photojournalist to be in the room capturing this. This photograph is a perfect example of how good photojournalists have to have a certain amount of dedication and passion to the subject they are reporting on. In this situation, the mother gave the photographer full access to her and her daughter’s lives because of the time he spent with the family. I think that this is what separates good photojournalists from  outstanding photojournalists who are able to capture the most intense emotions in their photographs. Compassion is feeling that every single person can relate to. A little of it can go a long way. This photograph was taken by Cameron Knight. More of his work can be found here.

Written by Shanning Celeste Newell

April 9, 2013 at 1:58 am

2013 Mississippi Science Olympiad

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On Friday, March 22, 2013 I had the chance to cover the Mississippi Science Olympiad at the University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus. This audio slide show is the result of my coverage.

I went to several events and took pictures at each, and interviewed Sheila Hendry, the director of the event, to get a sense of what some of the events are all about.

I had a lot of fun covering this event. I got to see first hand what went in to each of the science experiments and capture junior high and high school students at work through my photography.

It was a great experience for me as a budding journalist.

Multimedia- Photography

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“Gaines Ray Newell, a 67-year-old retiree from Richton, Miss., hangs plastic grocery bags on the fence surrounding his pea patch in attempt to scare deer away from eating his crop”

The first photograph I took illustrates the rule of thirds. My grandfather is standing along one of the vertical lines, and his head is hitting the upper-right “golden point.”


“Three tomatoes are plucked from the garden prematurely for a traditional country favorite- fried green tomatoes”

This next photograph illustrates taking the advantage of the repetition of lines in a scene. It also plays with shapes- circles and rectangles.


“A rambunctious puppy takes a split second out of his outdoor playtime to satisfy his curiosity”

The last photograph illustrates an extreme close up shot. It also plays with depth of field.

Written by Shanning Celeste Newell

March 20, 2013 at 4:48 pm

Elements of Photography

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Carla Smith dances with onlookers during her second line, a New Orleans wedding tradition that calls for the wedding party to parade around several blocks after the ceremony. This photo is a typical representation of “formal balance.” There are two items of each side of the frame that are proportional to one another.


Lionn James drums with fellow protestors from the “Occupy Wallstreet” movement during the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. This photo represents the rule of thirds.


Caitlin Jackson bowls during a friendly game at Hub City Lanes in Hattiesburg, Miss. This photo represents several photographic elements: perspective, rule of thirds, silhouette and movement. 

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March 20, 2013 at 2:57 pm