The Military Visual Journalism Program teaches active-duty military personnel photojournalism and broadcast journalism. The Military Photojournalism (MPJ) and Military Motion Media (MMM) programs consist of students from the Navy, Marine Corps, Army and Air Force. These enlisted service members have been serving as mass communication specialists, combat photographers and military journalists. They come to the Newhouse School for ten months to learn how to become better storytellers.
Interview with Francesco Franchi of Il Sole 24 Ore, Italy’s top financial daily, on the role of the visual journalist. Some wonderful examples showcased in the video, and interesting to hear his influences, including Nicholas Felton.
Following the digital revolution and the explosion of Internet, multimedia has brought great innovation to visual storytelling. Photojournalists are exploring new approaches, combining images, video, sound, and text in their work. Our own multimedia contest has already seen three editions.
In a pioneering study, commissioned by World Press Photo and published here, Dr. David Campbell examines the current practices in multimedia against the background of the disruption in the traditional media economy, and the revolution in how people consume news today. Download the full research report, and join in the discussion on Dr. Campbell’s blog.
To hear from the makers themselves, we have produced a series of five video conversations (links below), with some of the leading players in the field giving their views, and sharing their personal experiences, about the challenges in funding, producing and distributing multimedia.
The Rural Visual Journalism Network (RVJN) is an innovative initiative where rural correspondents use the latest smart phone technology to produce multimedia stories from all districts of Bangladesh. Trained by Drik, the correspondents’ multimedia stories focus on addressing specific issues faced by the media and rural citizens of Bangladesh.
The programme takes into account factors such as high illiteracy rates; the fact that rural communities in Bangladesh have less access to information sources; and the dramatic rise of penetration of radio, mobile phone usage and TV. The disadvantaged representation of women and children in the media sector and the limited press freedom in the country remain a constant matter of concern. The use of quality visual media in Bangladesh, where literacy rates are low can be an effective tool as an alternative education.
So what is visual journalism? It’s a question I get asked a lot – not just by friends and family but by many colleagues in the more traditional walks of media life. For many in the newer fields of digital journalism, it’s simply about visualising data, or using graphics such as maps or charts to explain stories – and of course it is about that. But in the BBC, it’s also about bringing together our TV designers with the teams that create the more high-end multimedia graphics online and harnessing the unprecedented creative opportunities that brings. So we want to use our skill and creativity to engage and inform our audiences on the biggest, most significant stories, providing insightful, personal and shareable visual explanations.