Magazine article Nieman Reports

Gift of Training + Shift in Newsroom Thinking = Multimedia Storytelling

Magazine article Nieman Reports

Gift of Training + Shift in Newsroom Thinking = Multimedia Storytelling

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The idea of photojournalists on assignment sending photos home now feels quaint. Instead we pitch story ideas, shoot stills and video, edit what we gather, and think about ways that our images can be used to tell stories across different platforms to reach different audiences. Success comes to those who actively engage with others in their newsrooms and embrace emerging technology in ways that enhance their storytelling abilities.

No surefire formula for doing this yet exists, and this means possibilities are limitless. Even for those of us employed by news organizations, embracing the entrepreneurial spirit is vital.

"Killer Blue: Baptized by Fire," a multimedia project I worked on at The Associated Press (AP), blends video, audio and still photography in the service of telling in depth a poignant and powerful story. Those who come to this story hear the voices of soldiers from Blue Platoon who were among the last to serve a 15-month combat mission in Iraq when they returned home in 2009. Meshing photographs and video with these soldiers' recollections and the raw expression of their feelings enabled us to dig deeply inside of this platoon's life in Iraq and at home.

I worked for about a year with a team at The AP to produce this package. Our efforts began with photo shoots and then we gathered video, audio and more photographs. We produced a 22-minute documentary, created a gallery of still images, and told the story in words. …

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