A cutting-edge study, Video News Research Project, will test the use of new forms of animation, graphics, and data visualization in video storytelling. Year-long, paid fellowship positions will be created as part of the project, one position at each of these stations in Chicago and Boston.
Media researchers at Northeastern University School of Journalism in Boston will partner with WLS, the ABC O&O in Chicago, and WCVB, Hearst’s ABC affiliate in Boston, along with the Stanton Foundation for a cutting-edge Video News Research Project.
It will test the use of new forms of animation, graphics and data visualization in video storytelling. Year-long, paid fellowship positions will be created as part of the project, one position at each station.
Innovative visual storytellers are encouraged to apply for the Visual Content Producer positions immediately. (Email CVs and work samples to: firstname.lastname@example.org). These positions will be full-time, salaried roles with benefits; the television stations will make hiring decisions and will employ the producers, who will also serve as industry liaisons to the Northeastern faculty.
The Video News Research Project will build on a previous phase of research at Northeastern about the future of local television news. The project is being led by Northeastern professors Mike Beaudet, an Emmy-winning TV news investigative reporter, and John Wihbey, the head of journalism graduate programs and a director of the new Co-Laboratory for Data Impact.
“We will work in partnership with these new visual content producers and their news teams to assess how innovative storytelling approaches might perform in the real world, based on testing and a variety of metrics,” said Beaudet, also a reporter at WCVB.
“We want to help ensure that local news attracts new audiences both on-air and online, finds innovative ways to engage the general public with hard news, and ultimately maintains its vital civic and educational purpose long into the future.”
“We’re looking forward to collaborating again with Northeastern University on the latest phase of the video news research project,” said John Idler, WLS’ general manager.
“We believe the new Visual Content Producer working in tandem with the top news team in Chicago will help us continue to modernize and engage with the next generation of news viewers.”
NOTE: In the previous phase of news research mentioned above, which I highly recommend reading, the researchers took some stories that aired on several TV stations. They requested the unedited, raw video from the newsrooms if it was available. They then attempted to write the story in a more informal, conversational way while also providing more context about the story content. Then they tested both story version. Here are the two versions of the same story.
The first video is from WLS.
Here’s the re-mixed version.
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