Multimedia Journalists Take Readers Behind the Lens

For nearly a decade, our team of videojournalists and multimedia editors have been creating and experimenting with visual journalism. Today, we want to invite you to not only view the work they have done but also to join us in a conversation about that work specifically and Web-based visual journalism in general in our newest blog, Behind the Lens.

We'll start with a simple premise: We will share some of the pieces we have worked on, along with some insight into the news gathering and editing process. We'll also respond to feedback we've received or heard about, as in the case of Bill Cosby's remarks about the video "What Does It Mean to Be a Black Man?"

We encourage you to tell us what you think of the pieces we include as well as other visual journalism on our site and elsewhere on the Web. So welcome, we're looking forward to talking to you.

You can start by reading the introduction by Tom Kennedy, managing editor of multimedia, or by viewing all entries.

Ju-Don Marshall Roberts,
Managing Editor

By Ju-Don Roberts |  December 15, 2006; 10:36 AM ET  | Category:  Content , Journalism , Video
Previous: New 'Global Power Barometer' | Next: Redesigned Politics Section With New Features


Please email us to report offensive comments.

Evil as Saddam Hussein was, there is something wrong with blanketing the internet with videos of his hanging. One wants to say: NO, NO, NO! THIS IS NOT WHAT THE UNITED STATES IS ABOUT! WE HAVE NOT DESCENDED TO THIS!

Posted by: Doug McMillan, Malone, FL USA | December 31, 2006 09:12 AM

when is the black man series going to be over?

i assume a series on white man will be next!

i believe we are equal so why are you segregating our two races like this?

Posted by: robberson | December 31, 2006 05:24 PM

I thought the video of Saddam's execution the most horrific thing to come on a news story for some time. I am disappointed with the USA. The US handed this evil dictator over in the first place so the American administration is just as responsible.,Has George Bush forgotten that only 18 months ago subsets of Iraqis were on TV decapitating american hostages and videoing it for internet viewing?? Does he really thing IRAQ will ever be a sovereign state? Is a sovereign state>? WHo is this guy kidding? Saddams trial was broadcast 30mins behind schedule to the world, edited so that some evidence could be filtered. The very fact that Iraq was an ALLIE of the US in the 1990s is Ironic as the US feared that there was going to be a surge in Islam from Iran.Saddams Chemical weapons came from France and germany.Are these Countries not guilty in crime too?
The saddest of all is the loss of over 3000 US soldiers to date, remember Bush and Co invaded IRAQ totally ignoring the UN
and without resolution or approval.
who is to blame in the end?
The american people. They voted the Bush administration into power a costly mistake
Lets hope 2007 is better than 2006.

Posted by: Pete Burke | January 3, 2007 08:04 AM

When is Dan Froomkin's column coming back? Why won't the put a notice at the top of his column stating he is on vacation and will be back on X date?

Posted by: Bob in NY | January 3, 2007 10:57 AM

Regarding the Churchill High School principal's remark about recent violence being "black on black," I think I read carefully, but I didn't see the actual races of the students involved mentioned anywhere. If the students were not all black, then certainly it is an offensive mischaracterization of the incident, but if they were all black, for what does this woman have to apologize for? I would have to know the races of all the students before becoming offended by a potentially factual statement made by the principal. Again, if she mischaracterized the incident, she should certainly apologize at the least, but if this is people being offended by fact, then it weakens the sometimes overused (and therefore diluted) charge of racial insensitivity.

Posted by: Wayne in NY | January 5, 2007 12:32 PM




Posted by: SCRIPTO | January 5, 2007 05:35 PM

Can someone explain why we are sending a Muslam to be our ambassador to the UN. The whole world seems to be at war with Islam anywhere it borders a non-Islamic state. The UN cannot get even a simple resolution condeming the genocide in Darfur through because the Islamic countries block it unless the wording is so watered down it sounds like a childs timeout. Why would we turn our one vote over to someone whos religion condones and supports such a disgrace? Wake up world. We may not be at war with Islam but it looks like they are a war with us.

Posted by: Alvin | January 10, 2007 01:15 AM

Who were those behind the masks at Saddam's hanging? Who was the chubby one that put the noose over Saddam's head? Did Saddam recognize him? Why did those at the hanging yell "Moqtada, Moqtada, Moqtada? Did they recognize the hangman as Moqtada al Sadr?

Posted by: Bob | January 11, 2007 12:22 AM

Check out my videos plz

Posted by: ROCKY | January 14, 2007 05:56 PM

Shame on you, Georgetown University!
By Ethiopian Americans against Tyranny
January 15, 2007
Mrs. Azeb Mesfin, the wife of Mr. Meles Zenawi, the ruthless tyrant in control of state power in Ethiopia, has been awarded by Georgetown University for her purported role in HIV/AIDS control. For that matter, Azeb is not the ordinary first lady that does ceremonial duties, oversees humanitarian works or runs charitable organizations that many first ladies commonly do.


Former head of Mega Enterprise, one of the ruling Tigray People's Liberation Front's multi-billion illegal businesses, Mrs. Azeb Mesfin, who is rightly dubbed "Queen of Mega" for her prominent role in illegal trades, is a member of the Central Committee of the TPLF, the hard core of the ruling party the TPLF/EPRDF, and one of a handful of people that control almost everything in Ethiopia.

She is also a member of an illegitimate parliament who secured her election through intimidation like all other TPLF/ EPRDF parliamentarians who were rejected by the people but made their way through the daylight robbery of votes in the election of May 2005. The robbery of the votes and widespread rigging of the election by Mrs. Zenawi's party is well documented by the testimony of Observers of the European Union and the Carter Center.

This corrupt lady also runs numerous multimillion dollar business conglomerates that are directly controlled by the ruling party TPLF with little government oversight and accountability. Mrs. Azeb Mesfin is not only a wife of tyrant but also a member of the leadership of a government that has killed hundreds of unarmed protestors in June and November 2005, confirmed to be a massacre by none other than the Inquiry Commission, whose members were hand picked by her husband.

The Chairman of the Inquiry Commission and two other colleagues had to flee the country with the documents to tell the truth to the world including the United States Congress. Mrs. Zenawi was watching from her palace as tens of thousands of young people were arrested and sent to malaria infested concentration camps in the lowlands of Ethiopia where many died of hunger and disease.

Like her husband, this lady's hands are soaked in the blood of the Ethiopian people. What makes this award even more disgraceful is the great dreams of Dr Martin Luther King Jr, who stood up against the kind of discrimination and oppression that Azeb and her husband have mastered in the last fifteen years.

The award is too ironic for a woman, whose ruling party TPLF has used one razor blade to dry shave multiple political prisoners in a country where the prevalence of HIV/AIDS is one of the highest in the world.

How blind are the officials of Georgetown University to these crimes against humanity? Couldn't they have, at least, talked to one Ethiopian on the streets of Washington DC or any of the Ethiopian students studying at the University? We wonder.

Georgetown University is putting a huge black spot on its good name and reputation This Award is a disgrace and a shame on the part of those who made the decision on behalf of the University.

Ethiopians and Ethiopian-Americans Against Tyranny in Ethiopia

Posted by: Girma | January 15, 2007 04:15 PM

With all the corruption in American government, do we want to make it a lot worse by injecting Chicago politics into the mix by electing Barack Obama or Hilary Clinton? The Chicago Tribune is filled with stories of corruption at every level of Illinois government, and as a Chicago resident I'm disgusted.

Mayor Daley even wants to ruin the 2016 Olympics with Chicago nothing sacred anymore?

Posted by: Henry Mionskowski | January 16, 2007 06:12 PM

The transfer of the object of hatred from a genie like figure such as Osama to a country was necessary for all of the pre arranged military objectives - it was to give them a justification they desperately needed at the time.
The military goons would have advised to choose a country - it had to be Iraq -a geopolitical entity, which could become the manifestation of the National bete noir.
And all this time the aircraft were being geared up on the runways.
Then the announcement of the ''shock and awe ''strategy - the bombing of Baghdad (as barbarous an act as the bombing of Dresden in WW2) - then the justification, and the black rabbit was pulled from the masked conjurers hat - No WMDs - so what he's a despot and he killed his own people - the Kurds mind you - so by this time it was all down to the visuals
The bombing made great TV. There was no point in filming the bombing of the Torah Bora Mountains. Then the president dressed in a bomber jacket is flown 3 miles off shore to an aircraft carrier to announce - Mission accomplished.
But there was more to come - when they finally captured Saddam - another great TV moment - Ladies and gentlemen - we got him.
But you saw it all on TV and like in the film 'wag the dog ' if you see it on TV- its for real.
As for Osama . A diabetic with renal failure holding out in the Tora Bora Mountains; unlikely. If indeed he is alive at all. - But you've seen the ethereal images he created on TV also- so he's for real.
All he ever need to conjure up was to recreate something from the Arabian nights - a genie like creature - ephemeral elusive; maybe an illusion.
But what was not an illusion was the superb logistical precision which went in to levelling the two icons of Western decadence; Militarily this was an unbelievable stroke of terrorist genius; it left the US calling for Superman. But all they got was a befuddled, bumbling, cowardly President. And a new hero rose up from the ashes of the glowing towers - a New York Jew - who is now running for the next presidency.
And the hanging of the despot ensured forever his place beside Salladin .

Posted by: donmacnamara | January 19, 2007 07:21 AM

The comments to this entry are closed.


© 2007 The Washington Post Company