Welcome to Behind the Lens
Since 1998, a team of videojournalists, multimedia editors and designers have been creating a new form of visual journalism using the strengths of video and interactive media to tell stories on the Web. In doing this, we are deliberately trying to create a new model of storytelling harkening back to what Marshall McLuhan once described as an "acoustic space" that had more in common with cave paintings and oral storytelling tradition than the linear narrative forms that have flowed from text in the last 500 years.
We produce video stories in which the subject is more important than the storyteller, differentiating ourselves from the anchor-driven, reporter-driven model of broadcast news. We strive to create subject-driven narratives where people, places and events drive the story. We aim to connect our audience to situations, personalities and news events that shape their world. I believe that Web-driven visual journalism is still in its earliest stages. I encourage experimentation from our videojournalists and multimedia editors, and I believe audience feedback can be very helpful in shaping our evolutionary path.
This last point brings me to the reason for this blog. Our seven videojournalists who do their own visual reporting, editing and field production, as well as the team of 12 multimedia editors who shape washingtonpost.com's daily visual report, want to share their thoughts, experiences and philosophies with you in hopes of sparking a productive dialogue about developing the medium of Web-based visual journalism.
This blog will include stories by individual washingtonpost.com videojournalists along with some insight into the news gathering and editing process.
We hope our blog will prove useful in acquainting you with our ambitions for our storytelling, the issues we face in exploring the range of storytelling possibilities unleashed by the Internet and new technology, and memorable moments we encounter in the field or in the editing process.
Thanks for watching. We look forward to your reactions.
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