Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Ira Glass Teaches Storytelling (4-part video)

The problem with many attempts at videojournalism is that they are passable reports, but are deficient in the storytelling department.

TV newsmagazine afficianados know that what engages an audience is more than merely an assemblage of facts and figures. We all respond better to a central character, dramatic conflict, and a sequential series of events that actually lead somewhere.

Nobody tells stories better than Ira Glass ("This American Life"), who clearly embraces the essential building blocks of storytelling -- on radio (audio) and television (audio & video). So who better to teach you the art of storytelling?

Here's a four-video series brimming with his excellent advice and tips:

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

Part 4:

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