Monthly Archives: December 2008

Video Series – Andamanrising

A wonderful set of post-tsunami stories. An example to newspapers of what online video can be.

When the Asian tsunami hit southern Thailand in 2004, the sea that had sustained the region for generations – the Andaman – rose up, destroying families and killing thousands.
A team of journalists set out for the seaside province of Phang-nga to document the lives and culture of people living by the Andaman. They found a people marked – but not defined – by disaster, a people who have taken on challenges and risen above them.



The state of Multimedia

Multimedia in 2008

A look back at the state of multimedia in 2008 by Colin Mulvany, a multimedia producer at The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington. He points out that despite cutbacks at many papers, including the elimination of entire photo departments, the need for skill in multimedia remains high. He points out the many improvements in multimedia skill by photographers, and the improvements to newspaper websites in recognition of the importance of video.

Video- Fighting season in Afghanistan

Canadian photographer Louie Palu captures a sense of what the war looks like from the front lines in Afghanistan. Edited by Randy Risling(Dec. 27, 2008)


Happy Holidays

My Greeting Card

My Greeting Card

Video – Fifty People, One Question…


Fifty People, One Question: Brooklyn LOL. Another in a series by Crush and Lovely, interviewing random people on the street. Such a fun video series. So simple.

Video – Lost souls of Afghanistan’s heroin trade

Lost souls of Afghanistan\’s heroin trade Simple but effective video. A story we hear nothing about. Clancy Chassay investigates how women are falling victim to Kabul’s burgeoning heroin problem.

Use of Music

A fellow multimedia shooter recently addressed the ethics of using music in video and multimedia stories. One question was, if music “evoke emotion that isn’t already there?” Does the use of music manipulate the viewer?

I’d like to hear feedback on this. In my book, yes music does manipulate the viewer. As does framing, lighting, cropping, choice of shots, choice of sound, pacing, etc. The same applies to writing. I think the reader is manipulated with choice of words, composition, what we choose to emphasize, and so on. I would argue that effective storytelling depends on manipulating the viewer, nudging the viewer in a certain direction. How much we do depends on the kind of story. Tools of creative manipulation are used less in news stories than documentary and feature pieces, for example.

Thoughts? Check out this example of Rwanda genocide victims, produced by Media Storm.

Intended Consequences