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Refugee Photos – Visual Storytelling (Week Six, Student’s Choice)

I chose two articles to feature. The first article is  “Photographing Climate Change Refugees, by Drone and on Foot,” by James Estrin. The second article is “Documenting the Rohingya Refugee Crisis – in Pictures” by Kevin Frayer. Both photo journals share a similar topic: refugees; yet both photographers utilize very different styles to depict certain messages. Estrin’s collection […]

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2 years after TIME cover story, how does Flint family feel about the publicity?

In 2016, Regina Boone’s photo of a sick boy in Flint made the cover of TIME magazine, becoming a symbol of the city’s problems. The story that Boone and Elisha told in the Detroit Free Press was difficult to forget. Two years later, what’s happened to the lead-exposed boy, Sincere Smith? How does his family […]

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Visual Storytelling: A Love Story and Twins for a Combat Veteran Amputee

This New York Times photo essay demonstrates how powerful visuals can be in storytelling. The raw intimacy of this 24-photograph series, with the respective captions, immediately intrigues the reader with the unique challenges and joys of this couple’s relationship. Rachel and Jason, middle school sweethearts, find each other after Jason loses both legs and an arm during his time serving as a minesweeper […]

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Double Up Food Bucks Modeling Healthy Food Incentives for the Nation

One night in early October, VJ Almond, a 60-year-old caretaker for her elderly mother, is about to sit down with her mom at their small, round dining room table to a meal chock-full of vegetables, which she purchased at a farmers’ market near her apartment on the west side of Detroit. She bought her produce […]

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Detroit Field Trip

The field trip to Channel 4 and the Detroit Free Press involved once-in-a-lifetime opportunities that I am fortunate to have been a part of. Our tour of Channel 4 was fascinating, particularly when watching the weather forecast get filmed before our eyes. The fact that just a small sound, such as a cell phone going off, […]

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Visual Storytelling: Documentary photojournalism

I took a documentary photography class my Junior year with David Turnley, a pulitzer prize winning photojournalist, which involved a project on the local hare krishna movement. As the class went along, I realized that anyone could be an expert photographer, or make an expert photo. The key to visual storytelling comes with practice, exposure […]

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A Cast of Characters in Iowa

The New York Times video, “Why the Iowa Caucuses Loom So Large,” discusses the state’s brief and somewhat unexpected foray into the public eye during the presidential campaigns. The video explores the conclusions of a NYT reporter who has lived in the state for the past year, researching the role the caucuses play in “winnowing the field of […]

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Visualizing Road Salt: Where Does It Come From?

This video from National Geographic visualizes road salt. According to the video, chlorine comes from volcanoes at the bottom of the ocean and sodium washes off continents with rain water, which forms salt that is necessary to reduce ice on the roads. The video explains how salt is made, the history and geographical context, transportation of […]

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Visual Storytelling: You will be an entrepreneur that saves journalism.

Will you be? This piece that I’m choosing to write about today comes from Chapter 8 of Dan Gillmor’s Mediactive. “Entrepreneurship is journalism’s future”. I can agree with that, and hopefully you can too. In addition to the entire chapter, it’s hard not to disagree. You choose to write about something if you are passionate […]

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Visual Storytelling: Interactive Media

The New York Times described this piece on the 2014 New York City Marathon as “a poem in sights and sounds, featuring an interactive map of the course and video.” Beginning in Staten Island, the reader travels through the course observing short (no more than 15 seconds) scenes during the race. Each scene is captioned by […]

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