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Examples of visual storytelling for budding reporters

By Shraddha Gupta, NECIR Research Assistant

As investigative reporting continues to evolve, multimedia and digital journalism have become crucial to the impact of large investigations. Using video, photography, and audio skills together, reporters can add a human aspect to their investigative pieces.

Today, journalists are producing multimedia stories that are not only looking into crime, politics and corruption, but also shining a light globally, generating stories about countries, people, places and cultures. Below, we’ve listed some examples of multimedia presentation to get the creative juices flowing and inspire the next generation of video and photography. 

A Darkness Visible: Afghanistan is a multimedia project by Seamus Murphy that showcases the real life of people in Afghanistan who are often overlooked due to the regularity of conflict in the region. The collection of powerful photographs combined with great audio, examines the stories of the ordinary citizens and their tales of love and life.

Kingsley’s Crossing is another strong example of moment-to-moment photojournalism combined with personal interviews, filmed by photojournalist Olivier Jobard. Kingsley is a 23-year-old lifeguard from the impoverished town of Limbe, Cameroon. Longing for a better life in Europe, he embarks on a tedious journey that takes him halfway across Africa. From across the desert and the ocean, the video documents immigration through one man’s eyes.

Watch the full video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Apq062_J6g.

Japan Revealed: Culture by Lonely Planet is an initiative started in association with the Japan National Tourism Organization to uncover new aspects of Japanese culture, history and contemporary life. In this multimedia project, three top travel bloggers are sent out to different sites throughout Japan to discover some of the most interesting elements of the country’s culture in the form of an interactive travel diary.

Every City Needs A Superhero is a short film produced by Jennifer Selinger investigating a day of Corey Fleischer’s life. Fleischer is a volunteer and spends most of his time removing hate graffiti from the walls of downtown Montreal, Quebec. The video is an interesting example of investigative reporting in your neighborhood, by focusing on the actions of normal people, doing extraordinary things.

The link below is a look behind the scenes of the Spotlight investigative team at The Boston Globe. The team was responsible for investigating abuse within the Catholic church, a scandal that rocked the city of Boston, and was recently portrayed on the big screen in the film “Spotlight.” 

Check out the video here.

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