Trying Medium and preparing for the final act

Using Medium

As the final project draws near, #loweclass once again is learning a new medium (no pun intended) to tell stories. Medium has become a sweeping sensation throughout the journalism world so it’s about time #loweclass got in on the fun. It has similar features to social media sites but it allows the writer produce longer stories.

Medium is much more user friendly than Weebly, which we previously have been producing our blog posts on. Pictures and links can be imported at the push of a button as well as fonts and writing styles can be changed with relative ease. I can tell Medium is going to be very influential to me as I continue my journalism career.

Approaching the finale

The #loweclass final project will definitely push me out of my comfort zone. My professor assigned our class to find someone who lives, works or plays in Milwaukee. Once a subject is found, we must write a text story and create a compelling video telling the subject’s story. We took a look at a number of different video series to gain a better idea of how to do this.

The first story that stuck out to me was an “Op-Doc” from the New York Times called “Bronx Obama.”

This video was extremely compelling to me. I really like the way that the video starts with natural sound of the subway, placing you in New York. The video also places the subject, Louis Ortiz, in a number of different locations instead of having him in one location which would be bland. The video told a chronological story as well. At first, I could not even see the resemblance between Ortiz and Obama, creating tension. Once Ortiz was clean-shaven and put a suit on it was clear that the two shared a likeness. The video told a story without the need for narration and the story told itself. Though it may be challenging, I would like to try to incorporate all of these elements in my video as well. I only hope I can be so lucky to find a subject as compelling as Louis Ortiz.

Another video series from the New York Times is the “One in 8 Million” series in which the producers are trying to tell the stories of everyday people you would encounter in New York. I found “The Ex-Bank Robber” story to be especially compelling.

The story definitely told itself. Mark Mocha seems like an average guy on the surface but once the story gets going, the listener can’t stop. The image of Mocha on the bike (:26 remaining) while talking about how he has a new appreciation of life is moving. The city around him is blurry while Mocha remains in perfect focus. He has found purpose in his life, and while the world keeps moving around him, Mocha is living life at his own pace.

As the end of the semester approaches, I look forward to pushing myself in #loweclass one final time. Hopefully I can incorporate some of the New York Times’s video techniques to tell my own compelling story.