Journey of Jeopardy: Using Multimedia Storytelling to Humanize the Immigration Experience of Central American Families Seeking Asylum in Oregon
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My project consists of two parts: a production section, in which I explore the ways in which multimedia journalism can communicate stories that are otherwise inaccessible or weakened when confined to one medium, and a written analysis of my production process, stylistic choices, reasons for choosing this topic, and effectiveness of my multimedia project. The written component of the project analyzes the use of various forms of media and assesses the capabilities of multimedia journalism in telling in-depth stories that have the power to engage viewers and give voice to child immigrants from Central American countries. As journalism adapts to evolving online platforms, the integration of various mediums – photography, writing, interactive design, video, podcasts – presents reporters with new opportunities in digital storytelling. In conceptualizing my own project – which tells personal stories of the immigrant community specifically in Eugene – I have analyzed and drawn inspiration from recently successful multimedia pieces.