Documentary Media Centre

By John Coster | film•photography•audio•new media @docmediacentre

In his ‘Revisionist History’ podcast, Malcolm Gladwell really wants you to know why golf is evil (among other things)

Each episode of Malcolm Gladwell's podcast begins with a simple inquiry — it could be about an event, a person, an idea or even a song. But by the …

Podcasting

The Greatest Exodus of Our Time

THE<p>GREATEST<p>EXODUS<p>OF OUR<p>TIME<p>The emptying of Syria is the biggest forced migration of humanity since the Second World War. Millions of individually …

Refugees

Why newsprint is the future of photography

More and more photographers, including photojournalist Jo Metson Scott and documentarian Martin Parr, are turning to newspapers as a fresh, fast, …

Martin Parr

Photojournalists: On Doing the Right Thing

For <i>PDN</i>’s issue on Ethics and Photography (July), we interviewed five photojournalists and a veteran editor about the principles that guide the …

Journalism School

BBC Blogs - Academy - Seven tips for editing smartphone footage

Seven tips for editing smartphone footage<p>Dougal ShawSenior video journalist, Digital Current Affairs<p>Comments<p><i>For the past 18 months video journalist Dougal Shaw has been shooting his features mostly on his smartphone. On this blog, he previously wrote about his self-enforced ‘mojo diet’ - when he</i> …

Filmmaking

Academy Logo

The Radio Academy's Radio Festival provides a fantastic opportunity for anyone pursuing a career in broadcasting. In a series of 'How To...' sessions the BBC Academy offered some top tips on a range of subjects.<p>Everyone remembers watching or listening to a great interview – and a bad interview too. …

Employment

“Shot On Smartphones” | What Does It Really Mean, And How Can You Get Professional Results?

You’ve seen the billboards, the magazine covers, the commercials that claim to be ‘shot on iPhone,’ but when you tried to replicate the results, your …

Videography

5 'must dos' for producing captivating podcasts

I want to start off by stating that podcasting is not radio – it is a completely different medium. Podcasts are inspired by it, but they have the …

Storytelling

Teaching With Google Earth

Teaching with Google Earth<p>Learn about the inevitable distortions that happen when turning a 3-D object into a 2-D surface.<p>Discover places around the …

The #doctour2017 plans for Documentary Media Month 1-30th Nov inc @Docfilmfestival & @citizenseye Museum of Community Media #docmedia2017 https://t.co/ruh3C5kX76

The Sochi Project: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus

<b>Rob Hornstra</b> and <b>Arnold van Bruggen</b> have been working together since 2007 to tell the story of Sochi, Russia, site of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. …

Photography

“VR journalism should focus on storyliving, not storytelling” and other insights from Google’s new VR study

The VR journalism of tomorrow won’t look much like the video and text-based journalism of today.<p>That’s clear, judging by a new ethnographic study (more on methodology at the bottom of this post) from the Google News Lab that examines how VR’s unique traits will affect how journalists tell stories …

Storytelling

These Photographers Are Changing the Narrative on How Their Cultures Are Seen by Others

All too often, front page newspaper photos conjure up the same haunting scenes — a child looking out from behind barbed wire; a blood-drenched …

NBC launches experimental video hub for audiences on social media

NBC has launched a new, standalone digital video studio today (13 June) called NBC Left Field, which will focus on creating short documentaries and …

Journalism

First Impressions: Kodak Ektra Smartphone (For Photographers)

Earlier this year, the Kodak Ektra smartphone was announced and photographers looked on with curiosity. The Kodak Ektra is manufactured by Kodak–you …

Tablets

Flickr Reveals Redesigned Profile Page that Lets You Show Off Your Best Work

Remember Flickr? Yes, the Yahoo-owned (or is it Verizon now…) photo-sharing service is still a thing, and today they rolled out a major, long-overdue …

Apps

The equipment you’ll need to start your own podcast

Image via Flickr.<p><b>More journalists are</b> turning to podcasting to help audiences digest and discuss what’s going on in the news. Audiences have devoured …

'Closer'

Magnum photographers explore their founder's maxim<p>War photographer Robert Capa famously said “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.” Those words would influence generations of photographers, including the members of Magnum Photos, the cooperative agency that Capa …

Instagram account Everyday Africa tries to change perceptions

<b>When it comes to photographing Africa, the images burned into the collective consciousness of those outside the continent are mostly of poverty and conflict.</b><p>The Everyday Africa Instagram feed is trying to redress the balance. While not shying away from those themes, it looks for the beauty in the …

Africa

The 5 Virtual Reality Experiences to Try on Your Phone

No need to attend festivals or buy expensive viewing gear to live some of the most moving virtual reality documentaries; in fact, many can be …

Virtual Reality

Giles Duley's photographs of refugees' journeys – in pictures

More than a million refugees travelled from the Middle East to Europe in 2015. Photojournalist Giles Duley recorded some of their stories, collected in his new book, I Can Only Tell You What My Eyes See<p>Observer event: Stories from the frontline Thursday 29 June, 7pm, at the Guardian offices, London …

Refugees

A suicide prevention app made by and for Aboriginal people

Three Aboriginal people take their lives every week in Australia. According to the Australian Youth Development Index (YDI), the suicide rate for …

Indigenous Peoples

Podcasting Is the New Talk-Radio

The intimacy of the format has the potential to make listeners feel things—and emotional resonance affects how people perceive information.<p>Thinking about what technological innovation has done to journalism in the past two decades can be a dizzying experience. People have more data, better maps, …

Santa Clara

The Evolution of Citizen Journalism: How 3 Modern Outlets Are Updating the Model

In the mid-2000s, the concept of citizen journalism emerged as a potential solution to a news industry in distress. Though there is no one definition …

Journalism

The Extraordinary Life: Lynsey Addario’s “It’s What I Do”

Let me begin with a story about something else.<p>I live in western Minnesota, at the border of North Dakota, where the winters are hard, cold, windy and sometimes lethal. Small things often go missing. A few years ago, in May, as winter was ending, I discovered a surprise. As the snow melted away …

Books

The 'Doc Tour' plans during Documentary Media Month 1-30th Nov include Loughborough, Derby, Sheffield, Cardiff & Dundee! #docmedia2017 https://t.co/mB7cYaMT9i

This Photography Program Empowers Kids Living with Cancer

In 2008 and 2009, as he was going through cancer treatment, a boy named Pablo took tons of photographs: self-portraits in the mirror, portraits of …

Cancer

Gael Garcia Bernal On Mexico’s Plan to Save Its Image With Documentary Films

The Ambulante Documentary Film Festival, now in its 12th year, is helping the country grapple with its own identity.<p>The 2017 Academy Awards ceremony …

Seven lessons for VR journalists, from the people who should know

A new Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism report speaks to the media companies making VR – and finds them worried about lack of growth<p>As …