The ‘Snow Fall’ effect and dissecting the multimedia longform narrative

“It’s become a verb in our newsroom,” a New York Times graphics producer tells me. “People are now saying, ‘can we snowfall this story?’” Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek has become a watershed in multimedia journalism. The story by John Branch recently won a Pulitzer prize in feature writing, and as noted by […]

Cheap recording equipment and the democratization of the ‘professional’

At what point will the technology become good enough where the listener (or viewer) simply no longer discerns how the content was captured, but only appreciates what was captured?

News21: The future of journalism education

Over the summer I was fortunate enough to work with a group of 14 talented students on a reporting project covering the topic of incarceration in California. During this process, I learned a lot about the production of multimedia stories and conceptualizing packaged news stories. The final project is┬átitled Behind Bars: The California Convict Cycle. […]

Two viewpoints on advertising online

For the past week, I have been attending the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco. I sat through a handful of sessions related to online advertising, none of which came from the perspective of the journalism industry. It seems making money online is an issue for more than just news companies. I find this area […]

Lean-forward vs. lean-back media

Back in the late 90s, usability expert Jakob Nielsen came out with a series of articles about how people consume media on the Web. These articles were profound in that Nielsen realized fairly early that people consume content differently on the Web. In order to communicate effectively over the Internet we need to format the […]