You Investigate a Real Kidnapping: A Multimedia Project

The CBC in Canada’s Fifth Estate program applied every technology to bring a kidnapping story to life. From interactive gaming to audio, video, re-enactments, interviews and straight reporting, the program not only tells but shows the users what happened.


The program even used a QR code to allow TV viewers to interact with the live program.


WFAA Covers a Lawsuit Story About Itself

Face it, by the time WFAA’s Byron Harris is tracking you down, you have troubles. Byron is one of the most honored journalists in local television.

WFAA reported, “Dr. Richard Malouf is the founder, and still part owner, of All Smiles Dental Centers (ASDC). ASDC is one of 26 orthodontic firms whose Medicaid payments have been withheld by Texas for credible allegations of fraud.  Additionally, Malouf is accused of billing fraud in a whistleblower lawsuit filed by the Texas Attorney General.”

Harris has done lots of stories about the company that is accused of charging million of dollars for unneeded braces on children’s teeth.

But the doctor filed for and a judge granted a restraining order against WFAA over a story about a three-story waterslide in his backyard.  Remember, the doctor owes millions of dollars, WFAA reports.

He said Harris “stormed” in on a meeting at the courthouse.

WFAA wisely posted raw video of the “storming” in which Harris asked no questions, stood back and let the meeting continue right there in the hallway of a public courthouse. A public place.

WFAA posted the proposed restraining orders.

Original Petition TRO and Temporary Injunction Malouf v Evans Et Al (pdf)

Proposed Temporary Restraining Order_Malouf v Evans et al (pdf)

Sworn affidavits of Dr. Richard Malouf and his wife Leanne (pdf)

And links to previous stories.

WSJ’s Multimedia Storytelling

The weekend Wall Street Journal includes an interesting idea about how to put the user in control of her/his video experience.

The site includes a 13:36 video story about an Indiana high school history teacher’s ongoing project to encourage students to discover the untold stories of Indiana soldiers who died in various wars.  I suspect for a lot of people, that piece is just overwhelmingly long.

While the Journal puts the text version of the story behind a pay wall, it allows the non-subscriber to experience the video project free. But the Journal puts the user in charge.  On the inside page, the site allows the user to experience the piece in chunks.  The opus open and the three vignettes. Then the user can click through the close-up still images contained in each smaller solider story.

The improvement I would like to see is I would like to continue listening to the video while clicking through the photos.

I appreciate so many things about this project.

It celebrates great teaching. It celebrates the value of history. It shows serious students. It honors veterans, it provides closure for families.  On top of all of that it is strong multimedia smartly designed to put the user in charge of making consumption decisions.

Poynter Lowers Some 2013 Tuitions

When is the last time you heard of a school LOWERING tuition? Poynter announced that some 2013 seminars will have lower tuition than in 2012.

Here are some examples of seminars I will lead next year:

TV Power Reporting 

Backpack and Mobile Video Reporting

Poynter and IRE Workshop: Investigating Local Government on a Shoestring Budget 

Teachapalooza III 

Hands-On Multimedia

Here is the total 2013 schedule.  More will be added.