Documentary Media for Learning

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

Podcasts take growing role in shifting media landscape

As radio fades in the new world of digital media, podcasting has become hot.<p>In less than 15 years, on-demand podcasts have become a key part of the …

Podcasting

Strategy Share: Creating Podcasts in the Classroom

<i>The following post was written by 2017 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Jenny Bolch</i><i>, a second-grade teacher at Mackintosh Academy in Boulder, Colorado, after</i> …

Teaching

Is podcasting the new Gutenberg Revolution?

Podcasting is becoming an increasingly popular information source, writes Louis O'Neill read now...

Jordan Peterson

Oscar-nominated filmmaker says the smartphone has killed photography

So many people taking so many pictures thanks to the iPhone. Yet, renowned filmmaker and photographer Wim Wenders says photography is “more dead than ever.”<p>“The trouble with iPhone pictures is nobody sees them,” Wenders said in a recent <i>BBC</i> video interview during an exhibit of his Polaroid photos. …

Photography

Google Doodle honors pioneering female war photographer Gerda Taro

Before Gerda Taro's life was cut tragically short, she took some of the most dramatic war time photos ever seen.<p>Taro fearlessly turned her lens on conflict to capture arresting but sensitive photographs of fighting at the front in the Spanish Civil War. Widely considered the first female …

Google Doodle

YouTube ‘found footage’ docs: urban legends in their own words

Is a documentary still a documentary if no original material has been shot for it? Some intriguing new releases comprising “found” YouTube clips and other online video ephemera suggest it definitely is. The resulting films can be profound and disturbing comments on how our obsession with online …

Urban Legends

50 Candid Vintage Photographs of People With Their Cameras From the 1950s and '60s

Photography was a popular hobby in the 1950s and '60s. Many people owned a basic camera, often a box Brownie, made by Kodak with which they would …

Photography

Cassette Tapes: Why I still Love you

This is not my attempt to <i>rationalize</i> Cassette Culture. Nor will I try to convince any skeptics to join me and the two readers like me in that …

East Village

Why the RICOH GR II is the Best Street Photography Camera

I’ve shot with all the cameras in the world, and I can easily say that the RICOH GR II is the best camera for street photography. Why? Let me …

Street Photography

Yellow Journalism: When the Forerunner to Fake News Led to War Between Spain and America

Scroll for the video.<p>People were scared. Tensions were running high and, with military in the streets, no one felt safe. What would happen from day …

Journalism

Game draws attention to India's trafficked girls

Leena Kejriwal uses art and gaming to share stories of human trafficking and encourage players to take action in the real world. Thousands of girls …

360° Production Guide

Virtual reality is impacting fields from medicine to journalism – and education, too. Through simulations and virtual field trips, virtual reality …

Graphic memoir illustrates new frontiers in ISIS coverage

<b>In January 2014, Marwan Hisham</b> invested $2,000—his earnings from his family’s tomato and eggplant harvest—in a satellite dish, which he installed on …

This Instant Camera Takes Pictures and Prints Them as Cartoons

How accurately do you expect your camera to be in representing the real world? If your answer is “not very,” then Draw This is an instant camera …

PinBox: A 6x6 Pinhole Camera That You Can Build and Re-Create

<b>Want to learn how to design and build your own pinhole cameras? The PinBox is a medium format DIY pinhole camera that teaches you just that.</b><p>Pinhole …

World in Progress: Stories that matter from around the world

World in Progress is a 30-minute radio show that connects the dots in a globalized era.<p>As our world continues to grow, it changes. Often in ways that …

Human Rights

Couple find 23-year-old message hidden in their bathroom

<b>The places we live, which seem personal and private, will probably have been called home by numerous strangers.</b><p>Alex and Jess Monney, from San Jose, California, were reminded of this fact recently while refurbishing their bathroom.<p>Concealed behind the plasterboard was a message from Mr and Mrs …

A smartphone camera is the most boring device for documenting your life

Flip through the photos you’ve taken over the course of your life, and you can watch yourself (and your waistline) grow. For most of us, it’s a tale …

It's All Journalism: Podcasting: A way to promote press freedom abroad - Association of Alternative Newsmedia

It seemed like a crazy idea, traveling 7,000 miles to talk to Tajik journalists about podcasting. According to Reporters without Borders, Tajikistan …

How to Develop C-41 Film in Your Bathroom

Here’s a 16.5-minute video by OWL BOT in which photographer Omar Kenji demonstrates how you can develop C-41 color film in your own bathroom instead …

Let’s hear about poverty from the poor for a change

Documentary as a genre is sometimes regarded as being made by and for do-gooders enjoying, as the Sex Pistols put it, a cheap holiday in other people’s misery. That isn’t always inaccurate. There have, of course, been exemplary films about people living in hardship, from the original poverty …

Visual Sociology through Street Photography

Dear friend, A realization : I think what we’re trying to do as street photographers is visual sociology — using our camera as a research tool to …

How did some of cinema's greatest films end up in an Iowa shed?

Michael Zahs thinks of himself as a saver. “I like to save things,” he says, “especially if it looks like they’re too far gone.” This retired history teacher from Iowa, now in his 70s, has amassed quite a collection over the years: stray animals, farm implements, even a church steeple. He can trace …

The pixl-latr is a Nifty Tool for Digitizing Films and Transparencies with Ease

<i>The nifty pixl-latr is finally out to make digitizing film negatives and transparencies using a digital camera or smartphone a lot easier</i><p>Film …

Immersive Storytelling Experiences in Augmented Reality, Mixed Reality and Creative Technology

Immersive Storylab<p>Augmented Reality<br>• Mixed Reality<br>• Creative Technology<br>• Volumetric<br>• Storytelling<br>• Experiences<p>We are a collective of storytellers, researchers …

If You Want to Remember Your Vacation More, Take Fewer Photos

Constant photo snapping equals less vacation joy, science shows.<p>We tend to think the joy of a vacation is the time you spend actually lolling on the beach or exploring a new city. But according to happiness researchers, being at your destination produces only a fraction of the overall happiness a …

Mobile Photography

Why photojournalism matters

This week, a conversation came back to haunt me.<p>I kept replaying a lunch meeting I had had about a year ago with a journalism professor at Stanford …

Weegee's crime scene photography as a graphic novel – in pictures

Cult New York photographer Weegee was often found at crime scenes before the police, and his stark pictures gained him notoriety and ultimately fame in the art world. His work has now been turned into the graphic novel Weegee: Serial Photographer by Max de Radiguès and Wauter Mannaert

So Is Instagram Really Moving Into Long-Format Video Territory?

Rumours emerged that vaunted social media service and Facebook’s right hand Instagram is exploring a long-format video upload functionality in what …