3 steps to great online video stories

In “Three Ways to Become a Good Documentary Journalist,” Kurt Lancaster examines a recent New York Times video story about a young artist living on $12,000 a year. Lancaster believes the video succeeds because it reflects “three elements of strong documentary journalism:.” In his view, they are:

  1. Gives voice to the subject
  2. Takes us into the personal life-space of the subject. d
  3. Visually compelling. 

Lancaster’s analysis offers important lessons for anyone creating online video, no matter how much or how little training they have had in television journalism.

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