For class on Tuesday, March 17, read the “Drilling Down” boxes in the Briggs book on pages 148 and 164, as well as the “Newsroom Innovator” profile of MSNBC.com’s Stokes Young on pages 168-169. Then watch this four-minute audio slideshow by The Washington Post, “No Greater Love.” (From the main project page, click the first of the three slideshows — it’s the one on the left. You may need to update your computer’s Flash plugin.)
Also, if you are intrigued to learn more about this story after watching the slideshow, read photographer Carol Guzy’s accompanying epilogue about her experience reporting this story over several years.
Stokes Young says the promise of multimedia storytelling is to provide what he calls an “immersive experience: bringing the story to viewers through multiple senses and, hopefully, bringing viewers into stories — the experiences of other folks — in ways that increase understanding.”
By noon Monday, March 16, leave a comment on this post (worth 5 class participation points) answering one of these questions:
- Did “No Greater Love” deliver an “immersive experience” and, if so, how?
- Would this story have been more or less powerful if told through video rather than through sound and still images?
- Would this story have been more or less powerful if it used voiceover from the journalist, rather than relying entirely on sources for narration?