Cronkite students push innovation on the Web
Ten students in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication produced a series of multimedia reporting projects on “Latino
The projects look at the social, economic, cultural and political impact of the surging Latino population in the
"Shifting Faith" examines how Latinos are finding new faiths as Mormons, Pentacostals and Jehovah’s Witnesses. At the same time, a number of Latinos are discovering their Jewish roots and are becoming “re-conversos.”
"Changing Policy" delves into the national E-Verify program, which helps employers avoid hiring illegal immigrants. It examines the program in
"Analyzing Amnesty" is about the experiences of two communities –
"Fighting Battles" tells the stories of Latinos and their experiences in the military, from the first non-citizen
"Building Success" turns the tables on most stories about Latinos and education, focusing on programs in
"The Traveling Virgin" traces the rise of the Virgin of Guadalupe from a Mexican religious figure to cultural icon. The Virgin’s image is found on lowrider cars in
"Crossing Lines" is a three-part narrative that tells the stories of people in
The projects are presented in innovative ways, including a video player that allows the user to access text and graphics without exiting the video; a “carousel” tool that allows viewers to scroll forward and back through a project, interacting with the story via video and text; and Twitter widgets on each page of a story calibrated to bring in discussion on specific topics.
The students also experimented with how to weave multimedia into text stories and how to present information in a non-linear format.
The students traveled throughout
“The experience was intense and incredibly demanding, but the team unanimously agreed that the result was well worth the effort,” Manning says. “With the state the news profession is in, this experience is not one that our students will likely be able to repeat any time soon in professional newsrooms. News21 offers a truly unique experience not available anywhere else.”
The summer program was preceded by a spring semester seminar taught by Carnegie Professor of Journalism
One of the students in the program, Chris Cameron of
“The News21 program was an amazing experience for me this summer,” Cameron says. “While the ASU incubator allowed me to further develop my multimedia production skills, it also helped me to step outside of my normal reporting comfort zone and to really focus deeply on investigative storytelling.”
Cronkite Assistant Dean Kristin Gilger, who helped oversee the project, said she hopes that media outlets will learn from the students’ work – “and not just what they produced, but how and why,” she says. “The students taught us a lot about how to tell stories that make the most of the Web. They get it.”
More than 90 journalism students from the nation’s top journalism schools participated in similar projects this summer.
The schools included the
News21, headquartered at the
Cronkite students’ work is available at http://asu.news21.com.