This category recognizes the art of innovation and experimentation in a single piece, a series or a multimedia package. The use of multiple media in the entry is allowed.
Amanda Lucidon, Director/Producer
Scott Anger, Project Manager/Co-Producer
URLs considered for The Legal Stranger Project:
Legal Stanger, My Two Moms, Until Death Do Us Part, Latest News, Share Your Story
Wise: I like Legal Strangers for the innovative in it’s use of crowdsourcing/funding to buck the system. Video diaries create conversation; its not a talk-down thing, it’s a conversation with the audience. That’s interactive. I wish they had spent more on the template, at least the logo. Get the colors to be in harmony (with the template.) Legal Stranger is not innovative in terms of gadgets, but in seeking new ways to share the story. Innovation on several different levels.
Baylen: I like how they pull out moments within the story.
Alexandra Garcia, Producer, Main Editor
AJ Chavar, Videojournalist, Editor
Jason Aldag, Producer
Joel Achenbach, Reporter
Sohail al-Jamea, Motion Graphics
Baylen: I like the approach of Remembering the Shuttle and District Nights. To use cinematic approaches, the legacy of other formats is brought into the journalism world.
Baylen: I like that neither piece is literal (Legal Stranger Project and America’s Dead Sea). I’m drawn to story first and foremost, and the story behind Dead Sea is frightening. I want to reward people who feel their stories, and this photographer seems to have approached it with concern.
Wise: The more I think about innovation, the more I see it here. Subtle, but effective.
Award of Excellence
Whitney Shefte, video journalist/reporter/producer
Grace Koeber, interactive designer
J. Freedom du Lac, reporter
Sarah Sampsel, Art Direction
Anup Kaphle, Interactive producer
TJ Ortenzi, community producer
Cory Haik, executive producer
The fragmentation approach is interesting, perhaps innovative. Not wholly new ideas but the way they are arranged is new. But navigating it ‘just felt like work.’
What I like about these pieces is that they took outtakes and gave the viewer access to that information if they wanted it. As a content creator its nice to say there is value in whats on the cutting room floor, and be able to give people access to it without it interfering with the main story.
Award of Excellence
Wise: I like the use of motion dollies and realizing other tools are in the kit to use. This is not innovative of itself, but you don’t see it on the nightly news. This makes me want to use this tool in a piece with content. I think it does give a different perspective on the city. I do want more, and want to see the tools used better. Use the dolly to connect from one scene to another, here it’s more of a sketch. But I am hanging on the idea of forward thinking.
Yurman: I would have liked to see District Nights do something besides setting the time-lapse to it to music. I would have liked it to tell a story.