Multimedia Storytelling in Journalism

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  • Jill Hopke @jillhopke

    January 6, 2015

    Mul$media Storytelling in


  • Direct Cinema

    Observa$onal camera

    Capture life as it happens

    Not intercede with subject

    Engaging way to tell a story, grab aAen$on

    Image Source: de Mare, A. & Kelly, K. (2014). The homestretch. United States: Spargel Produc$ons and Kartemquin Films.

  • Point of View (POV)

    Take viewer somewhere

    Focus on why and how

    Subject in their reality, in their own voice

    Basis for all produc$on decisions

  • Drama$c Curve

  • NarraEve Structure DramaEc Curve

    Exposi$on Inci$ng Moment

    Rising Ac$on


    Crisis or Climax

    Adapted from: Rabiger, M. (1998). Direc&ng the Documentary. Boston: Focal Press. Time


  • Types of Conict

    Internal External Societal Environmental

    How Ebola Roared Back The New York Times December 29, 2014

  • Did you go somewhere? Did you meet anyone interesEng? Did you learn anything? Did you feel something? Were there surprises? Did it transform your thinking? Adapted from: Wadhams, S. (n.d.). Thinking about radio. Unpublished manuscript.

    A good story will take you on a journey

  • How Would You Cover Student Debt?

  • Your Editor Assigns You to Cover Student Debt

    Illinois Ranks #15 Public and Private Non-Prot Schools

    Source: Short, K. (2014, Nov. 19). Here is the average student debt burden in each state, The Hungton Post. Data visualizaEon by

  • Trends in Mul$media and

    Mobile Content

  • The MulEmedia Reporter

    Homeless Families WBEZ, December 12, 2014

  • Sharing and Cross-PromoEon

    Ebolas Pa$ent Zero New York Times and Frontline

    December 29, 2014

  • Changing DistribuEon Plaaorms

    News consump$on is increasingly on-demand, mobile and social, especially for younger audiences.

  • Further Reading, Viewing, Listening

    Block, B. (2008). The Visual Story. Oxford: Focal Press.

    Kern, J. (2008). Sound Repor&ng. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.

    Rabiger, M. (2014). Direc&ng the Documentary. Burlington, MA: Focal Press.

    PBS. Independent Lens. PRX. Radiotopia.

  • QuesEons? Thank you! Jill Hopke @jillhopke