As the photo editor for this story about one man’s quest to save the North Atlantic right whale, my biggest challenge was editing over 9,000 images to find the best and most accurate for both the visual and text versions of the story while working closely with the reporter, story editor and multimedia project editor. "Chasing Bayla" won numerous awards and was cited for several innovations including a seamless pairing of two separate narrative arcs.
MOBILIZING A TEAM
From the first moments of the horrific Marathon bombing, I mobilized our small team of video journalists to head out and document, while two of us took in and edited scores of daily video taken by reporters, photographers and users. At the end of the first week we were able to step back, work with the newsroom and do more thoughtful, comprehensive storytelling. Two of the videos were part of the entry for the The Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize for breaking news.
FINDING DIVERSE VOICES
As the lead multimedia editor, I wanted to find ways for the people in Bowdoin-Geneva to tell their own stories. For one feature, I selected Instagram photos from the neighborhood and a reporter interviewed them. I then edited all of the audio and worked with the designer on. We also gave cameras to some of the kids in the neighborhood and asked them to document their lives. The resulting clips showed a uniquely personal point of view that would be difficult to get through traditional reporting.
For 8 months I was the editorial director of a photojournalism startup called ViewFind. Our original stated mission was two-fold: To give on-the-go consumers a multi-perspective visual news and storytelling platform and to provide a global hub for photojournalists to share their stories, make money, find work and recognition while pursuing their passion. ViewFind recently stopped publication.
WORKING WITH ART DIRECTORS
As the first photo editor for the Globe Magazine, I helped achieve stronger covers. To illustrate a story about prisoners being shackled to their beds during the first part of delivery, I suggested that the photo with the most impact would be of a pregnant prisoner anticipating that experience (we were not allowed in the delivery room). Several people on the team were convinced that we were not going to be able to find one, but I insisted and we succeeded.
PLANNING AND PLANNING AGAIN
The mouse is clicked, the letters are printed and just like that, Boston parents find out if their child is going to a decent school or if their only shot at a good education is to move to the suburbs. My goal was to have our team document the pivotal moments involved in the school assignment maze and use video to show authentic emotion. Documenting the exact moment several families received their letters, and doing so authentically, was an exceptionally challenging task.
SEEKING OTHER OPINIONS
This was our team’s first foray into well-researched documentary video. We continually reviewed each other’s work, invited reporters editors and designers from all corners of the newsroom to give us feedback before the final review by the editor of the paper. Video in link above was nominated for a national Emmy award