Look at Me!

I love web video where we can ask about “the rules” and change them so they make sense. It’s one of the reasons I shoot my interviews with the subject looking directly into the lens so they can better connect … Read More

Lessons Learned

Summertime is workshop time and one of my favorite workshops is at the Maine Media Workshops where I teach a Multimedia Master Class.(I also teach a beginning class in multimedia/video at the SantaFe Photo Workshops

This summer I had the … Read More

16 Nov '12


Judging hundreds of multimedia stories in 2 days

Young photographers push the envelope much more than their professional peers.

So I was excited to be a judge for the multimedia categories of the College Photographer of the Year.

I looked at a lot of stories. I saw a … Read More

How to Answer an Unanswered Question.

The idea started with a question. “How do we tell the story of poverty in Memphis?, asked “Chris Peck, the editor of the Memphis Commercial Appeal .

Alan Spearman, a staff photographer and film maker, had just met an intern … Read More

Four for One

Text? Sound? Multimedia? Broadcast TV? Which is the best medium to tell a story? In the last days two major US media outlets chose to feature a story about an obscure 82 year old jazz pianists from Buffalo, NY. Not … Read More

Video Worth a 1,000 Words

Talk all you want about how words are important but you are never, ever going to string together a sentence that can capture what this video shows at the 30 second mark. Then keep watching…

However, murmuration, the word … Read More

Lost Love Found

For years I’ve been trying to remember the name of a particular short film that I saw in a high school english class that so stunned me that it made me fall in love with storytelling.

Yesterday, I found a … Read More

Let’s Not Call It “Multimedia”

To survive as journalists, we need to be capable of telling a story across multiple platforms. And that’s the way I approach my work.

Recently, Seth Gitner, an assistant professor at Syracuse University S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, talked … Read More

Finding Good Characters

Last week I was listening to the raw interviews that photographer Matt Slaby recorded for a multimedia story about a Massachusetts Vets group called We Soldier On, a story he shot and I edited  for AARP magazine’s website.

Matt really … Read More

The Shape of Stories from Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonegut was a brilliant, prize winning novelist and a teller of very curious tales. Check out his lecture on the shape of stories.


from Kurt Vonnegut turns Cinderella into an Equation, by Robert Krulwich.

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