I began thinking actively about “multimedia” in the summer of 2008 when I had the pleasure of presenting to a workshop on multimedia at the Dalian College of Image Art in China. At the end of that I chaired a debate on multimedia and the future of photojournalism involving Brian Storm of MediaStorm, Dirck Halstead of The Digital Journalist, and Dan Chung of The Guardian. Many of the issues we covered were surveyed in the Spring 2010 Nieman Reports special issue on Visual Journalism: Fresh Approaches and New Business Strategies for the Multimedia Age that I contributed to. And all this provided great background when I came to direct the 2013 World Press Photo multimedia project.
This interest was practical as well as analytical. ‘Multimedia’ allows collaborative work on projects that tell important stories visually, and after learning Final Cut Pro and audio recording, my collaborative multimedia productions include:
- The Boarding House, documenting part of the Yemeni community on the River Tyne in the northeast of England;
- Living in the Shadows: China’s Internal Migrants tells the story of three families of migrant labourers in Shanghai and the struggles they face as undocumented internal migrants;
- Laygate Stories, a twelve part series portraying the lives of residents in the Laygate area of South Shields on Tyneside in the north-east of England;
- Home, a video account of asylum seekers and refugees for the West End Refugee Service in Newcastle;
- The Multimedia Week podcast, co-hosted and produced with DJ Clark and Sharron Lovell.
Photo credit: Peter Fryer, Laygate Stories.
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