If a picture is worth a thousand words, then what is the value of a video? With interviews, dialogue, and narration already built in, this form of producing a journalistic story dramatically increases its interest. Video stories allow journalists to visually set the scene of their subject through the use of B-roll footage, clips of what may be discussed in the interview or other details relevant to the account. Also, music or other images have the ability to evoke greater emotion than the journalist may have been able to conjure through another medium.
In my multimedia journalism lecture this past Monday, February 17, the topics discussed were editing still photographs to create more interest, and the emotion that can be procured through a well-edited video story. The example my professor showed the class chronicled the life of a young boy with a severe physical disability. Although confined to a wheelchair, the boy possessed a wildly optimistic outlook on life and never failed to entertain those around him.
Obviously the emotion of the story could be easily conveyed through a video project, but the University of Missouri students who put it all together managed to intensify the effect with spectacular editing. In “Behind the Scenes: On the Road With a VJ,” New York Times video journalist Brent McDonald explains, “Much of the storytelling happens after the shoot, when you sketch the narrative arc, knowing now what material you have to work with. Generally speaking, stories that make for captivating [Web] video have a strong visual and emotional payoff.”
McDonald later discusses the extended amount of time video stories require, so it looks like I’m going to be using the remainder of my Keurig K-cups in the upcoming weeks.