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The World Press Photo multimedia research project, supported by the FotografenFederatie (Dutch Photographers Association), is complete. But hopefully the debate is just beginning.

I was research director for the project, which ran from July 2012 to April 2013 and was conducted under the auspices of the World Press Photo Academy. The project reviewed the global emergence and development of multimedia in visual storytelling, especially photojournalism. The final report – Visual Storytelling in the Age of Post-Industrial Journalism – was presented at a lecture in Amsterdam on 25 April 2013.

The report was previewed in my interview for the Canon Professional Network (April 2013). World Press Photo has a web page for the project. There are five 10-minute video conversations with some of todays leading multimedia producers, who offer their own personal insights into the practice. And I did an interview for DW Akademie on the findings: Visual storytelling and moving beyond ‘multimedia’: Part 1 and Visual storytelling and moving beyond ‘multimedia’: Part 2.

Here you can get the full report, a podcast of the lecture presentation, the slides used in the presentation, as well as links to follow-up posts:

The report

Visual Storytelling in the Age of Post-Industrial Journalism  (PDF, 66 pages)

The presentation


Photo © Michael Kooren/ Koorenphoto.nl


This podcast runs for 60 minutes, and the lecture follows a 3 minute introduction by Maarten Koets, Deputy Managing Director of World Press Photo.

Here are the slides (PDF, 16 pages) used in the presentation.

Follow up posts

The aim of these posts is to highlight aspects of the report, and keep the conversation going:

‘Multimedia’, photojournalism and visual storytelling

Learning to COPE: Multimedia freelancing in the new media economy

Disruption and the new ecology of information

Newspapers, advertising and the Internet: How journalism has always been subsidised

The primacy of the screen

The global spread of mobile technology and what it means for visual storytelling

Digital and the desire for long form journalism

Scarcity, abundance and value: the economics of digital culture

My thoughts on a lot of these topics were aired in an interview I did for a BBC World Service documentary on Media Futures, especially part IV on the Internet, which you can listen to here: