Thursday, September 30, 2010

Time & NY Times Win Emmy Awards

[UPDATE: James Estrin interviews three of the Times' Emmy-winning producers of "One in 8 Million" on their Lens blog. Surprise: "In most cases we had the audio before (the photographer) even shot one frame."]

Emmys are traditionally bestowed upon meritorious television programs, but in the last few years, online videos have horned their way into the news and documentary category.

Such was the case this week at the 31st Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards ceremony, when videojournalism by and was recognized alongside programs broadcast by the major TV networks.

The New York Times' Emmy was awarded in the category of "New Approaches to News & Documentary Programming: Documentaries" for "One in 8 Million," its 2009 series of 54 video profiles of "ordinary people telling extraordinary stories -- of passions and problems, relationships and routines, vocations and obsessions."

Time's Emmy was awarded in the category of "New Approaches to News & Documentary Programming: Arts, Lifestyle & Culture," for its Iconic Photo Series. Specifically, the video backstories behind three images were cited: Robert Capa’s most famous photo of D-Day, Anthony Suau’s picture of a young man sledgehammering the Berlin Wall, and the widely recognized candid portrait of FDR at ease in Hyde Park on July 4, 1937.

As Time producer Craig Duff relates on his blog:

It’s an idea I came up with as a way to feature the incredible history of photography at TIME, as well as its sister publication Life Magazine. I love photography and photographers and how they can tell a powerful story in a single frame. There are so many amazing pictures that speak to us collectively as a culture, and the stories behind them are rich. ...

I also wanted to create an editing challenge for myself: how could I bring these still images to life in a new way, on the modern platform of the web? I do it with interviews with people who know the images and their back stories well. Then I layer it with sound, using our ears — what a radio professor in college called ”the theater of the mind” — to bring the moment to life again. To draw attention to details, rather than using fancy effects, I simply isolate a part of the photograph, then dissolve in the rest.

The winning entries:

Berlin Wall



The Iconic Photo Series has continued into 2010, with similar pieces on Haiti and Iwo Jima. The whole series can be viewed here.

Complete list of Emmy News & Documentary winners here.

Check out the New York Times channel and the Time channel on for more stellar videojournalism.

P.S. The Emmy program booklet includes an illuminating
Q&A with documentarian Frederick Wiseman, who was awarded a lifetime achievement award. Wiseman, who has produced more than three dozen documentaries in the past half century, is fabled for his lack of narration or on-camera interviews with subjects, prefering instead to immerse his viewers in a scene as it naturally unfolds. Download the program here (pdf).

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

2010 Online Journalism Awards Finalists

Congrats to all finalists for the 2010 Online Journalism Awards, announced this week by the Online News Association.

The winners will be announced at the 2010 ONA Conference and Online Journalism Awards Banquet on Oct. 30 in Washington, D.C.

Most of the videojournalism finalists were originally showcased on KobreGuide to the Web's Best Videojournalism.

Online Video Journalism, Small Site:

Huffington Post Investigative Fund: Tapped Out: How an Unpaid Water Bill Cost a Baltimore Woman Her Home

MediaStorm: Take Care

Minnesota Public Radio News: Explaining Instant Run-off Voting

Yale Environment 360: Leveling Appalachia: The Legacy of Mountaintop Removal Mining

Online Video Journalism, Medium Site:

The Las Vegas Sun and the Greenspun Media Group: Bottoming Out

Knoxville News Sentinel / Death on Chipman Street

The Dallas Morning News: Choosing Thomas

Online Video Journalism, Large Site:

NPR: Krulwich on Science

NPR and ProPublica: Traumatic Brain Injury – The Battle For Care Sudan Stories

The Toronto Star: William and the Windmill

The Washington Post: Scene In Video Series

Online Video Journalism, Student:

S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University: The Fall Workshop

Knight Center for International Media, School of Communication, University of Miami: My Story, My Goal
A complete list of finalists, and links to the projects, can be found here.

Capturing Exuberance

While the grand opening of a new Apple store is always a curiously exuberant event, with hundreds of MacFans camping out overnight to be among the first through the doors, it's not typically worthy of newspaper coverage. At least that was the thinking at the Spokane's Spokesman Review. But that didn't stop multimedia producer Colin Mulvany from realizing that there would undoubtedly be some fun footage to play with, so he shot it on his day off.

"Because of that, I gave myself a little more latitude to get more creative with my storytelling," he writes on his new Snaps and Frames blog, which is usually devoted to one supersized original still image per entry.

I used my new Nikon D3s to shoot sequences of images, which I used as mini time-lapse segments. I kept the interview narrative tight, instead just letting the natural sound and visuals tell the story. The music could be considered over-done, but I like the mood it creates. It is a wacky edit that take me into uncharted storytelling territory.

P.S. On his blog, Colin gives his new Nikon D3 a big thumbs up. Read his review here.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Columbia Journalism Review Discovers Videojournalism

Columbia Journalism Review devotes a zillion words to the state of videojournalism in its October issue, quoting the usual suspects, and not adding much to the conversation except the need to improve video search capability -- a point we've been making for more than two years.

Virtually all the worthy videojournalism examples cited in See It Now! by Jill Drew have been previously showcased on and (though both are blatantly overlooked in this report).

We suppose we should be grateful that the publication is paying attention at all ... but why does the article feel like old news already -- too little too late?

If you missed the advent and struggle of online videojournalism for the past two years, here's as good a place to start as any. For those in a hurry, here are the money grafs:

For candid video to move to the forefront of online news and address a rising generation of news consumers, several things have to change: online video journalists need to develop their own storytelling styles, breaking with the anchor-centered conventions of broadcast. Newsrooms need to better integrate and bolster their multimedia and video staffs, and create career paths for visual journalists that extend right to the top. Great video needs to be promoted just as big text stories are.

Video stories need to be judged like all other stories -- by how good they are, not how many clicks they get. And at the same time, media companies need to push search engines to focus on creating better tools to highlight well-produced, unique video stories.
Tellingly, no video accompanies this text story.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Torsten Kjellstrand Buys a Cowboy Hat

Oregonian staff photographer Torsten Kjellstrand needed to buy a cowboy hat to be properly outfitted to cover a local rodeo. His frustrating search for just the right hat is not only informative and entertaining, but his down-home narration and clever editing (by Judy Siviglia) make the resulting video charming and even downright hilarious.

By humorously juxtaposing his Swedish background with cowboy culture, Kjellstrand provides a personal touch that simultaneously gives the video universal appeal. Even if you don't have a pressing need to buy a cowboy hat, you must see this -- and then you'll probably want to race out and get one for yourself.

How to buy a cowboy hat

P.S. Here's what's tragic. Go to the Oregonian video page, and we defy you to find this video anywhere. Click on any of the categories and you will not see it. All you'll find is dozens and dozens of pedestrian post-game interviews with local athletes. Furthermore, enter "cowboy" or "cowboy hat" into the search engine, and you'll get zero results. To produce a video this informative and entertaining, and hide it from your audience, is beyond criminal. It's stupid. So... a big cyberhat tip to Colin Mulvany's excellent Finding the Frame website, which enables videojournalists to critique and comment on each other's work, and calls attention to worthy videojournalism such as How to Buy a Cowboy Hat.

Poynter's Video Storytelling Workshop (9/25)

Reminder to all videojournalists to tune in at 10 a.m. (ET) this Saturday for the 2010 edition of Poynter's Video Storytelling Workshop, brought to you by Poynter's NewsU and the National Press Photographers Foundation.

In this full day of training, veteran photojournalists will show you how to find and develop memorable characters; how to make mundane stories -- like meetings and weather stories -- more interesting; and how to anticipate moments in the field, even on tight deadlines.

Darren Durlach, NPPA's 2009 Ernie Crisp Television News Photographer of the Year, and senior photojournalist at WBFF-TV in Baltimore;

Lynn French, assistant chief photographer and veteran multimedia journalist at KPNX-TV in Phoenix ;

Jason Witmer, winner of numerous NPPA and Texas AP awards for his work as a solo videojournalist for in Houston;

Joe Fryer, winner of four national Edward R. Murrow awards and a regional Emmy for best reporter in 2009, of KARE-TV in Minneapolis

The host is Poynter's Al Tompkins.

On your computer, you can see and hear the presentations and join the interactive discussion -- asking and answering questions posed by the speakers. Your advance registration will give you online access to the replays of each presentation when they become available.

Tuition is $65, with discounts for NPPA members and students.

For more information and to register, go here.

Monday, September 20, 2010

America Out of Work: LA Times Video Series

As part of the Los Angeles Times series on the nation's unemployment crisis, America Out of Work, videojournalist Jeff Amlotte produced video vignettes of ten of those who have lost their jobs. Using a creative multi-panel split-screen format, they each tell in their own words how they are coping with long-term unemployment as images of their daily life play alongside.

The first five have been posted, representing a diversity of ages and ethnicities. We look forward to seeing the remaining five.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

A Year in the Life of a Family Destroyed by Deportation

While the heated immigration debate is an abstraction for most, now you can see it through the eyes of a Bay Area family who is undergoing the raw anguish of the brutal effects of deportation.

In a San Jose Mercury News half-hour video by Dai Sugano, reported by Ken McLaughlin, we watch a San Mateo family intensely struggling to stay together as the U.S. deports their father -- and tries to deport their mother. It's called Torn Apart.

For decades the nation has endlessly debated how to solve the problem of illegal immigration. One side calls for aggressive enforcement of existing laws. The other side calls for "comprehensive immigration reform." But while the debate rages, millions of American children are left with the real possibility that their undocumented parents will be detected and deported.

For the past year, a Mercury News reporter and photojournalist followed a San Mateo family on their emotional journey through the U.S. immigration system. Both parents came here as illegal immigrants, but all six of their children are American citizens.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Darlene's Gastric Bypass Surgery: A Love Story

Not often that someone makes a terrific video depicting a love story about gastric bypass surgery.

Darlene Lookingbill saw her husband Dave drop 165 pounds and improve his health after gastric bypass surgery. She saw his ailments decrease and his energy and smiles return.

She wanted the same thing. She knew the surgery had risks and would change her lifestyle in many ways. But if that's what it would take to feel healthy again, she'd do it. Share their fears, watch part of Darlene's surgery and see their transformation...
For your weekend viewing pleasure... here's Love and Loss by Jason Plotkin, published by the York Daily Record. It's part of their ambitious series, "Fat Battleground: Obesity in York County." It follows the couple before, during (graphic warning!), and after her procedure.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Why Don't More News Websites Supersize Pictures?

Print newspapers no longer have the physical space to accomodate large images, but high-speed internet and cheaper bandwidth certainly enhance the feasibility of big pictures on Websites.

And yet we rarely see news organizations put big pictures to good use. (Frankly, even in the heyday of print newspapers, when space constraints were less of an issue, big pictures were a rarity, and narrative stories told with a series of pictures even rarer still.)

Gradually some news sites are indeed launching big-picture galleries -- but most focus on individual shots (e.g. "picture of the day") and not a series of images on a unified theme that are sequenced to tell a tale with a dramatic arc.

Storytelling with still pictures, a la Life Magazine, sometimes feels like a lost art form. True, the advent of Soundslides software enabled audio-slideshows -- but most of those are nothing more than photographers talking about their pictures, or pictures of people talking about themselves. Rarely is the medium's potential for dramatic narrative -- complete with you-are-there natural sounds -- fully realized.

But even media organizations that aren't yet willing to dive into multimedia are still puzzlingly standoffish about using large-format photography for narrative stories... even now that bandwidth is no longer an issue.

Glowing exceptions include the Boston Globe's Big Picture, the Chicago Tribune's Assignment Chicago, the New York Times' Lens blog, the Los Angeles Times' Framework blog.

Spokane's Spokesman Review is the latest to join the bigger-is-better club with its Picture Stories. (We can hardly call it "jumping on the bandwagon," since it's still a relatively rare phenomenon.) Their staff's visual journalism guru Colin Mulvany succeeded in badgering the powers that be long enough to finally make it happen. (Read Mulvany's account on his Mastering Multimedia blog.)

Because Mulvany spearheaded the paper's forays into videojournalism, their Web gallery features not just big pictures but big picture stories. So while raindrops shot with a 60-mm macro lens make great eye candy, from our perspective it's memorable stories that make supersizing their images a worthwhile endeavour . For example, Carissa’s Journey (pictured above) tracks an 18-year-old girl battling cancer through her senior year in high school -- including her prom and graduation ceremony. That's a big story, best told with lots of big pictures.

What stories should your newspaper be telling on its Website with big pictures?

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Online Video Revolution: Just Beginning Or Already Over? Will It Be Ruined By Commercialism?

Are we at the beginning or end of the online video revolution?

In a Huffington Post essay, TED Conference curator Chris Anderson argues that Web video is igniting a massive cycle of innovation.

However Savage Minds contributor Adam Fish claims that the pioneering era of Internet video was 2005-2009 -- long behind us.

They both make good points.

Essentially Anderson credits Web video for accelerating the global communication of new ideas, techniques, technologies.

Fish says that the media corporate beasties who have been lurking in the wings while amateurs beta-tested Web video are now about to pounce, wiping out the free-spirited pioneering grit and replacing it with TV-style slickness and canned laugh tracks.

Here's Anderson:

Hidden among all the cute kittens and pirated TV shows, online video is driving astonishing innovation in thousands of different fields ranging from the ultra-niche to the sharing of truly world-changing ideas.

Explosions in innovation have happened in music, photography and animation, to name but three fields. The reason online video is so significant, is that it is now allowing the rest of the world's talents to be shared digitally.

Dig under the surface of today's visual web, and you'll see an explosion of grassroots-driven innovation and experimentation everywhere you look, both trivial and epic.
And here's Fish:

We are entering a new era of professionalism -- gone is the wild Darwinian kingdom of video memes, the meritocracy of the rabble rousers, the open platforms equally prioritizing the talented poor as well as the rich. The upcoming golden age of ‘quality’ professional content will be ruled by Steve Jobs and his ilk at HBO, Pixar, Hulu, LG, and Vizio.

The pioneer age of the free and open culture of internet video is ending... The wild world of amateur video -- its production, promotion, and distribution procedures -- is moving from the realm of prototyping, beta-testing, and experimentation to expert production, algorithmic optimization, and alpha release five years after its debut on YouTube and Current TV.

This professionalization is a historical result of 5 years of industrial development, individual trial and error, and profit-focused talent agencies and creative thinktanks. It is also a product of the historical convergence of the internet and television hardware, as well as the corporate consolidation of content and software around the idea of the app -- a professionally designed hardware/software/content peephole into a small fraction of the internet.

More anthropological however is the historical transformation of the subculture into the culture... The “golden age” to follow this pioneering phase will be as innovative as the golden age of television as we welcome the equivalent of I Love Lucy, Friends, and Lost and along with it the return to spectatorism, canned laughter, and the proliferation of middle class values.


What do you think? Will the "professionalization" of Web video benefit or hinder its pioneering spirit? Videojournalists strive for the highest standards of video production and journalism, but they've also been buoyed by an aura of fierce independence -- the rough-hewn lone-wolf 'backpack VJ' maverick vs. the slick TV news crew with its coiffed anchors and groomed correspondents. Is it any wonder, given the economic state of the news biz, that some of the better in-depth videojournalism projects are increasingly produced by solitary practitioners for non-profits and NGOs?

While you're mulling that over, watch Anderson's own TED talk on this subject (below), and stay with it all the way through. The last two minutes drive home his point with emotional intensity -- and make you wonder if high-quality, high-minded video from independent non-corporate sources isn't here to stay, and even lead the way.

Enroll Now for Momenta's Project India 2011

Received this update from Momenta Workshops director Jamie Rose, on its Project India 2010:

Jacquelyn Martin, a photojournalist with the Associated Press in Washington, DC., tirelessly covered not one but three nonprofits while in India and created a multimedia piece highlighting her documentary work with a small nonprofit ashram for young girls.

Jacquelyn's journalistic tenacity prompted her to record audio, write a word story, produce a slideshow and pitch it to her editors back in the States. Her hard work paid off when a multimedia piece was published [and] recieved an award from NPPA, was seen by thousands of readers and online viewers and helped to create awareness for an important issue facing young girls in India.
Go here to watch her "To Stand on Their Own: Indian Ashram for Girls" (pictured above):

Momenta Workshops specializes in pairing small groups of visual journalists with NGOs and nonprofits on trips around the world to create multimedia projects that raise awareness of regional and global issues.

Project India 2011 is January 30 to February 12, 2011. Only 7 slots are left for this workshop and they are going fast, so register now to secure your place.

Come with us to work with some of the varied NGOs and nonprofits that have helped shape India's development projects over the last 50 years. Learn the skills necessary to work successfully and profitably with these organizations in one of the most culturally diverse countries on Earth.

We work with NGOs of varying specialization from agriculture to health care in the Northern city of Dehradun, India. While photographing at the foothills of the Himalayas, workshop attendees will be given the task of creating a compelling visual or multimedia narrative in conjunction with their assigned nonprofit. Each nonprofit assignment is chosen based on an extended questionnaire from each student on their goals for the workshop and their own personal photographic vision.
More info here.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Last Chance to Watch & Vote for 5-Minute Documentaries

Voting ends this Wednesday (9/15) for the ViewChange Online Film Contest, which showcases "powerful five-minute films that tell stories of progress in developing countries" and illuminates "how the world is working together to meet the United Nations Millennium Development Goals."

The contest is sponsored by, the online component of Link TV, "the first nationwide television network dedicated to providing Americans with global perspectives on news, events and culture." The Website currently serves 4,300-plus international documentary video segments and programs, with 3.4-million views per year.

The video contest is designed "to raise awareness, inspire action, and accelerate the worldwide movement to reduce extreme poverty by 2015," and "to show the personal stories behind these global targets [and] how development efforts are helping the world's poorest people to improve their lives."

For videojournalism practitioners and enthusiasts, here is an opportunity to see dozens of examples of high-quality work from around the world.

A $20,000 Grand Prize goes to the overall winner, plus $5,000 to the winner of each category:

* Sustainability

* Innovation

* Overcoming Conflict

* Empowerment

* Leadership & Governance

* Local/Global Partnerships

Online voters will help determine the finalists in each category. Winners will be chosen by a distinguished panel of judges from many fields, including actor and UN Ambassador Danny Glover and US Senator Daniel K. Inouye. Videos of winners and finalists will be broadcast on Link TV and other television channels worldwide, and be available for high-quality streaming at
One of our favorites, Sierre Leone: Where Every Pregnancy is a Gamble, is co-produced by distinguished videojournalist Ami Vitale:

After a decade-long conflict, Sierra Leone has many challenges ahead including improving child and maternal health. In 2009, one in eight women died during pregnancy. Fatimata Konte, an expecting mother, fears giving birth after already losing five of her children. She hopes the new policy to bring free health care to all pregnant women will save her next child and make giving birth safe for all women.
For more contest info, go here. Watch and vote here.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Knight's Free 2011 Multimedia Workshops

The Knight Digital Media Center at UC Berkeley is accepting applications for its next round of multimedia workshops. The KDMC offers free week-long training to working journalists in multimedia storytelling, including how to capture and edit video, photos and audio.

All food and lodging expenses are covered. Travel to Berkeley is to be paid by the applicant's news organization.

Multimedia Training

Jan. 9-14, 2011

Application deadline: Nov. 19, 2010

Intensive training that covers all aspects of multimedia news production; from basic storyboarding to hands-on instruction with hardware and software for production of multimedia stories. Participants will be organized into teams to report on a pre-arranged story in the Bay Area, and then construct a multimedia presentation based on that coverage.

Participants are taught skills they need to produce quality multimedia stories including:

• Video recording and editing
• Photography and audio slideshows
• Audio recording and editing
• Voice coaching for narration or stand-ups
• Photoshop and Web design concepts
• Producing Adobe Flash interactive story graphics

WHO SHOULD APPLY: Professional print and broadcast journalists who want to develop multimedia skills to support their publication’s web publishing effort.

Web 2.0 Training

Feb 14-18, 2011

Application deadline: Dec 10, 2010

Hands-on, newsroom-focused training on innovative publishing tools and technologies.

This training takes participants through the progression of reporting news for multiple digital platforms, starting with quick text posts and moving through photos and video and finally ending with a full multimedia presentation. The workshop provides hands-on training using Twitter and Facebook for reporting and driving web traffic, creating data-driven map mashups, dynamically updating a blog for breaking news, publishing photo galleries and audio slideshows, producing videos and editing videos using Final Cut Pro. Participants will leave with new tools for reporting and with fresh insights on how to serve new and emerging audiences.

During five days of intense, hands-on instruction, the fellows selected for the Web 2.0 training will:

• Blog breaking news using Twitter
• Post photos in interactive news maps
• Produce and publish photo galleries and audio slideshows
• Create and edit videos with Final Cut Pro
• Incorporate user-generated content in breaking news stories
• Use Facebook and publication widgets for news distribution
• Learn technical specifics for optimizing breaking news rankings in Google

WHO SHOULD APPLY: Professional print, radio, broadcast and online journalists who want to develop Web 2.0 technology and techniques to support their publication's Internet publishing effort.

Multimedia Training

May 15-20, 2011

Application deadline: March 18, 2011

Intensive training that covers all aspects of multimedia news production, from basic storyboarding to hands-on instruction with hardware and software for production of multimedia stories. Participants will be organized into teams to report on a pre-arranged story in the Bay Area, and then construct a multimedia presentation based on that coverage.

Participants are taught skills they need to produce quality multimedia stories including:

• Video recording and editing
• Photography and audio slideshows
• Audio recording and editing
• Voice coaching for narration or stand-ups
• Photoshop and Web design concepts
• Producing Adobe Flash interactive story graphics

WHO SHOULD APPLY: Professional print and broadcast journalists who want to develop multimedia skills to support their publication’s web publishing effort.

For more info, and to apply, go here.

POSTSCRIPT: See Knight Digital Media Center's free online Video Tutorials, on topics such as videocameras and accessories, editing software, shooting techniques, standups and voiceovers, and more.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Journalism Jobs Ain't What They Used to Be

"If someone tells you, 'I'm a journalist,' tell him he's being a bad journalist for being so vague," instruct the authors of the Journalism Lives blog.

His statement could refer to almost anything: Developing iPad apps. Running social media campaigns. Remotely producing multimedia packages. Writing an e-mail newsletter for a nonprofit.

As new positions emerge, traditional positions evolve and non-journalistic organizations take on journalistic tasks, the list is as long and as diverse as ever.
Among the tasks they enumerate and describe, with real-world examples:

* The Mobile Maven

* The Multimedia Reporter

* The Jack or Jill of All Trades

* The Online Content Guru

* The Online Engagement Specialist

* The Journalist/Programmer

Blog authors David A. Kennedy and Steve Earley earned their master's degrees in interactive media from Elon University. This spring they launched their blog to "chart how technology was not harming the news industry, but helping it through increased interactivity."

Postscript: In the "Comments" section we found links to two excellent blog entries about journalism jobhunting. They're both from the Buttry Diary, by Steve Buttry.

* Some tips on landing your next job in digital journalism

* Thoughts on redirecting and rejuvenating a career

Thursday, September 2, 2010 Debuts Belle Isle Video Special

The Detroit Free Press ( has produced some noteworthy videojournalism projects over the past few years -- some of the best in the industry -- showcasing the talents of visual journalists whose management team appreciates their value and champions their work.* Some have won Emmys.

What distinguishes many of their stories is the commitment of time and staff resources -- teams will spend months on multi-part multimedia packages, such as Motown's 50th anniversary, or the 40th anniversary of Aretha's Respect, or this season's Art of the Foul Ball. They've followed foster kids at an orphanage, and a batallion of Marines in Iraq. Their video package on the pros and cons of pit bulls continues to be one of the most popular attractions on

More recently, because of a partnership with the local CBS affiliate, the photo/video department has had to focus on those quick 75-second "stories" that permeate broadcast news. And while they've worked hard and done an excellent job, we can't help but miss some of their more ambitious longterm escapades.

Which is why we're delighted to get word that they're debuting a three-part video special this Sunday (which will also air on local TV), called Belle Island Revealed. "Videographer Brian Kaufman documented the island over four seasons using the Canon 5D Mark ii to show Detroit's signature park as you've never seen it."

As Kaufman's photo (above) reveals:

Lining Belle Isle's canals are some of the island's oldest oak trees, some more than 200 years old and over 120 feet tall. During the late 1800s, an intricate system of canals was hand-cut into the island to drain its marshy surface and provide recreation opportunities. Today, they are overgrown and hard to navigate.
We look forward to watching!

And be sure to check out the Detroit Free Press channel on to enjoy the newspaper's previous videojournalism triumphs.

* CORRECTION: An early version of this post solely credited Kathy Kieliszewski for department leadership and misidentified her as "photo/video director." She graciously provided this clarification: "I am the deputy director of photo and video and Craig Porter is the director. He is really important part of why we do such great work, along with Nancy Andrews, the Deputy Manager for Digital Media. I am truly lucky to have two great bosses who value good photojournalism and they have paved the way for me to be able to get this work done." We tip our cybercap to all, and the teamwork they instill in their staff.