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Our ongoing selection of journalism and media news.

  • 14 May 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    Story Hack: Beta – entertaining and engaging, the transmedia way

    How will technologies like the Internet and innovations in digital media change the way we tell stories? The recent Story Hack: Beta event at the New York Lincoln Center gave writers, designers, filmmakers and developers the opportunity to redefine storytelling by working and playing in "transmedia" - stories that are not confined to a single narrative medium. Participants were asked to form teams and design a storytelling model spanning three or more technological platforms and use it to create a cohesive narrative, all over the course of 24 hours.
  • 17 April 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    Will the scramble for photojournalists to learn video be worth it?

    In a changing media landscape marked by the migration from print to online supports, many photojournalists have been turning on the video function on their DSLR cameras and started to become video journalists. But do photojournalists naturally make good video journalists? And does learning video provide any kind of job safety?
  • 25 March 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    Immersive journalism and a step forward for virtual reality

    US journalist and producer Nonny de la Peña integrates the modern technology of virtual reality with journalistic stories and calls it “immersive journalism”. She defines this approach on her website as “the production of news in a form in which people can gain first person experiences of the events or situation described in news stories.” In her latest project, “Hunger in Los Angeles,” she uses a virtual reality experience to recreate a real life event and investigates the way the emotional response to the event is expressed and can be amplified.
  • 27 February 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    Covering the Arab world: A masterclass with Al Jazeera

    Al Jazeera English has been broadcasting for fifteen years and currently reaches 250 countries around the world. According to Diarmuid Jeffreys, editor and executive producer of the weekly show People and Power, the network's intimate knowledge of the Arab region is key to the effectiveness of its coverage.
  • 9 February 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    The Athena Film Festival, not just for women

    There is a new film festival gaining attention. The Athena Film Festival, now in its second year, is co-produced by the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College and Women and Hollywood, a blog run by Melissa Silverstein. "It's important we remember that entertainment is a reflection of the culture," says Silverstein in an interview with Amanda Lin Costa. "When women are not visible and counted in the same way men are, we are all suffer for it."
  • 26 January 2012 | {CATEGORY}

    The revolution will be televised, streamed and uploaded

    What is the role of video in the Occupy movement? Is it to bear witness? Is it to spread a political message? Is it to put events into a historical context? Is it an enticement to become part of something bigger than yourself that has helped the Occupy Wall Street movement grow into a global occupation? It is all these things. The role video is playing in the Occupy movement should be closely watched because it may just challenge the role mainstream media plays in today's digital, 24/7, tuned-in world.
  • 23 December 2011 | {CATEGORY}

    Current trends in US documentary filmmaking

    Lower costs in pro-consumer digital equipment, the crowd-funding phenomenon and new online and mobile distribution models have opened the door the past few years to many first time documentary filmmakers in the United States. Independent filmmaking is on the rise and with that a trend for more personalized storytelling.
  • 28 April 2010 | {CATEGORY}

    Through the lens: A photographer talks cinematic effects and Haiti

    The story of the earthquake in Haiti has been told to most of us in a piecemeal series of gritty still images. Photographer Khalid Mohtaseb went to Port-au-Prince with his HD-DSLR technology to make a different kind of piece, striving to balance the burden of truth expected in journalistic/news work with the artistic and cinematic beauty we've come to expect with dimmed lights and popcorn. His work has raised many interesting questions on the ethics of photographing news events. He answers some of those in this Q&A.