Spring 2009

Long-Form Multimedia Journalism: Quality Is the Key Ingredient

As a producer of social documentary projects—viewed on digital platforms—Brian Storm talks about the excitement of doing journalism in this way, at this time.

A conversation with Brian Storm

MediaStorm describes its mission as ushering in the next generation of multimedia storytelling by publishing social documentary projects incorporating photojournalism, interactivity, animation, audio and video for distribution across multiple media.


Brian Storm is the president of MediaStorm, a production studio located in Brooklyn, New York, which publishes multimedia social documentary projects at www.mediastorm.org and produces them for other news organizations. In an interview I did with Brian on December 30, 2008, he spoke about how he envisions the future of long-form, multimedia journalism from the perspective of its creation, distribution and economic viability. An edited version of our conversation follows.

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Read Brian Storm’s University of Missouri School of Journalism commencement speech »
Melissa Ludtke: In a commencement speech that you gave in December to graduates of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, you let them know that you are optimistic and passionate about journalism. Can you describe where your optimism comes from at a time when we hear so much about the enormous challenges facing journalism and this despair being expressed by so many journalists?

Brian Storm: The journalism industry is not in despair, it’s simply going through a redefinition. I feel like we’re living in such an epic moment, a transformational moment. Think about the big stories happening right now: climate change, new president, and an economy that is totally falling apart, and as journalists, these are big stories. It’s a great journalistic moment to be in this business. The big opportunity is that the tools are so powerful that anyone can create high production value content and distribute it globally. I EDITOR'S NOTE
Before he founded MediaStorm, Brian Storm was vice president of news, multimedia and assignment services at Corbis, a digital media agency, and director of multimedia at MSNBC.com.
don’t need to own a printing press or a television station, but I can be on television through new distribution devices like Apple TV or TiVo. It’s an absolutely revolutionary moment, and I feel incredibly empowered as a journalist. As a storyteller, I feel empowered to do the best work of my career right now, even though I don’t have the big mainstream media infrastructure sitting underneath me that I used to have. Now I can do the kind of stories that I’ve always wanted to do without any limitations.

Ludtke: Let’s talk about the other part of the equation—the passion for journalism. There is so much tension now, with journalists trying to find a way to earn a decent living using new media tools and distribution. Where do you see the passion fitting into that part of the equation?

Storm: I certainly can understand why journalists at big media companies are depressed. Their passion for journalism I don’t think has changed at all. It’s the business environment that is creating this chaos. Everyone is being asked to do everything and nobody is being allowed to do in-depth quality journalism.

Ludtke: Where do you see the passion that you bring to journalism emerging? You’ve talked about the difficulties and challenges that a lot of journalists are facing today. How do you see passion being imbued into this?

Storm was also interviewed in the Spring 2010 issue of Nieman Reports.Storm: For years I’ve been saying it’s time for us to take journalism back. To take it out of the business development role and back into the world of why we got into journalism in the first place. We have to remember back to the time when we decided, “I want to be a journalist.” Why did we want to be a journalist? Did we wake up one day and say, “I want to make a pile of money?” I don’t think any of us did that. That’s not what drives us. We’re curious and want to learn about the world. It’s an incredible gift to enter into someone’s life and tell their story. What makes me passionate is that I feel now, even though the fiscal environment is way out of whack, the ability to do stories at the level that I always aspire to do them is here; it’s right in front of us in such a profound way right now. With the ease of distribution and the powerful new production tools, journalists can practice their craft with independence.

Ludtke: You touched on this, but let me explore it with you a little bit more. In many newsrooms now, reporters are being expected to use a variety of new media tools. They’re being trained in sort of a helter-skelter way to tell stories across several platforms on the Web, and also for many, still in print. Having this expectation of producing this kind of quality reporting with video, audio and print on stories seems very tough for them to meet. Yet at MediaStorm, your approach is very different. Can you describe how you see multimedia storytelling working best to produce high-quality journalism?

Storm: You sneaked into your question the word “quality,” so I’d have to disagree with you on that. You said newsrooms are asking reporters and journalists to do everything, but the word ‘quality’ doesn’t come into that conversation. The phrase that comes into that conversation is “do more with less.” It’s not a journalistic decision; it’s not a decision being driven around telling better stories. It’s the decision being driven by creating stories in ways that are more economical, more fiscally responsible.

Ludtke: By having one person do more.

Storm: Yes. I don’t know one person operating at a high level who is an independent one-man band who is telling the kind of stories that you could tell in a collaborative environment. There’s just no way. In every project we do, several people collaborate to make that story happen: the designer, the producer, the executive producer, and the journalist who covered the story in the first place. What we’re trying to create are universal stories that are not perishable. That’s the core element of our strategy. We publish a story in 2006, and a certain amount of people see it when it comes out, and the blogosphere takes over and they promote it like crazy; it’s all viral, all word of mouth. It doesn’t matter if you watch this story in 2006 or 2009. It’s still relevant and still a powerful story. Those are the kinds of stories that we’re looking for—projects that are not perishable but will endure for years. That’s a different editorial focus than a daily product, and it takes a team of experts with a variety of skills to pull it off at a high level.

Ludtke: Your training originally came in visual journalism, but can you talk a bit about how audio is best employed as a storytelling tool as part of visual media?

Storm: For me, audio has always been the extra element that helps make a story work. One of my favorite examples of this is a project about “The Marlboro Marine” from Iraq. His image became an absolute icon. Everyone in the world saw it; everyone perceived it as the macho, badass American. The reality is that that’s exactly wrong. His life is an example of incredible posttraumatic stress disorder, which about 30 percent of our soldiers coming home are suffering from. Having [the Marine] James Blake Miller’s words with the pictures allows him to tell you the reality of the situation. It gives a context, and that makes the visual images much more powerful. In this case, we did an interview with the photographer, Luis Sinco; this gives transparency to our stories. I want people to understand the kind of passion that these photographers have. The way we present this on our site, he is the backstory, but the engagement of the story and the way in which he interacts with it are compelling elements. We need to create more transparency in the way we do photojournalism so people have a better understanding of it.

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"The Marlboro Marine"
- Luis Sinco

“The Marlboro Marine,” by Luis Sinco, Los Angeles Times: This photojournalist’s picture of Marine Lance Corporal James Blake Miller became an iconic image of the Iraq War. This story describes how Miller tries to heal the scars of war and how two lives became connected by a photograph.


Ludtke: Storytelling is something that humans have done since the beginning of recorded time, on cave walls, now in cyberspace. You’ve observed that the new media revolution that we’re going through is not about some reinvention of storytelling or the journalistic creed. Ethical and accurate information will still rule. Instead, you talk about how much it is about the access people have to the powerful tools to produce and distribute the information through the interconnected global Web. Can you talk about how this ease of access is remaking the process by which news and information is being gathered and absorbed?

Storm: When everyone has access, that is disruptive and causes chaos. Access is the territory that journalists used to own and now they look at what is happening with the crowd. The crowd has access to these great digital cameras, to this incredible powerful publishing tool called the Web, and they have expanded the conversation. They have access to distribution that we, as professional journalists, have. This doesn’t make me fearful; it makes me excited. That’s democracy—to have more people, more input, and more access to different perspectives.

We, as journalists, also have to elevate our game. We can’t keep doing things the way we’ve always been doing them. We have to get better as journalists. From my perspective, this actually helps long-form in-depth journalism since the crowd is less likely to go that direction. In fact, they’re taking some of the burden off of us in producing and discovering the things that waste our time. For me, the larger question is why we are wasting our time and skills covering stories that the crowd is all over. Why are we, as professional journalists, allocating our resources for such daily, perishable stories? We should be allocating them for things that are in-depth, investigative and require the kind of expertise and professionalism that we have. We need to take a deep breath and remember all the things that we used to do, then reconsider given the new landscape and decide what is going to give us the most value over time. What is the role that we need to play? I don’t believe that is day-to-day, perishable content. I think we need to be more in-depth, more investigative, and more robust in what we do. I know that over time, that will actually pay off. That has proven itself time and time again for us at MediaStorm.

Ludtke: You’ve talked a lot about a new breed of journalistic entrepreneurs. What you’re doing at MediaStorm is a good example of how to be entrepreneurial in the new media era. Can you describe the key ingredients an individual needs to pair their interest in journalism with an entrepreneurial business model that will provide a foundation from which they can do it?

Storm: That’s the core question. How do we practice the craft and make a living? For me, the element of entrepreneurism has to be there. There used to be the separation between church and state. I’m a journalist, and I’m not going to think about page views or advertising or business models; it’s not my job. My job is to tell the story. That era is coming quickly to an end. We’re all well aware of this. The legacy business model needs to be completely rewritten. The way in which media companies used to make money has changed, in fact, the way in which every company used to make money has changed. It’s a revolutionary moment. We need to rewrite how we communicate with each other. That’s a pretty big deal, but I’m excited because in disruption there’s opportunity. You have to look at the landscape, take what you care about, build on it, and then reinvent the other parts. That’s why I think it’s really important that the next generation of journalists have to be more entrepreneurial. I don’t just mean that in a business sense; I also mean it in an outreach sense. Like how do we get our stories out there? RELATED ARTICLE
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How do we get the right people to get to the stories that we care about? That’s entrepreneurial thinking. It’s not just how do we go make money, it’s also, how do we connect with the right people, how do we get involved with the right groups who can advocate for change? That’s a big leap. At MediaStorm, we’re focused on advocacy, not just information. We don’t want to just create awareness with our stories, we want to create action.

Ludtke: More the need to find the right people, to find the agents of change.

Storm: Exactly. The story we’ve done with photographer Marcus Bleasdale is about the Congo. The people who care about what’s happening there will find it, and they are already helping, and this is brand new. Ten years ago, this was impossible to do. Today, with a click of a mouse, it’s off; one person can quickly spread this story, and it’s not just one network. It’s powerful. It’s unbelievable, and it’s driving awareness.

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"Rape of a Nation"
- Marcus Bleasdale

“Rape of a Nation,” by Marcus Bleasdale: The Democratic Republic of Congo is home to the deadliest war in the world today. An estimated 5.4 million people have died since 1998. These deaths are byproducts of a collapsed health care system and a devastated economy.


Ludtke: You use the phrase “surge of connectivity” to describe what you see as the greatest hope for restoring quality journalism. At MediaStorm you don’t publish on any set schedule, nor do you advertise the stories you publish, at least in traditional ways. Yet many of your long-form multimedia pieces find a global audience. Talk more about how this happens, giving an example of one of your projects growing its audience.

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- Jonathan Torgovnik


Storm:
For the most recent project we published on Rwanda, I sent an e-mail out to 11,000 people who signed up to receive our newsletter. The e-mail goes out, and there’s a surge in traffic. Immediately, people start clicking the link, and over the course of several days traffic continually climbs, because a lot of those 11,000 people are forwarding that e-mail to their friends. And what is more powerful than you sending me an e-mail saying, “Brian, you have to look at this project. You’ve got to find the time to look at this thing”? It’s the most powerful word of mouth marketing that can possibly happen. Your friends are trusted sources. They’re helping to screen a massive amount of information that you have access to, helping to filter in the good stuff, which again is why I really believe quality is the key. If you just push out a bunch of drivel, no one is ever going to forward it to a friend. Over time, there’s no payback on that. After the e-mail surge happens, then people start blog posting it; that is another really powerful thing, because we have people from 135 countries who come to our site every month. That still just baffles me. People from all over the world come to our little Web site to watch stories, and the way they find it is e-mail, blog posts, and Tweets. Ten years ago, all of these ways for people to spread information didn’t exist.

Ludtke: You’ve said your RSS feed drives 35 percent of your traffic to the Web site. And now you are saying Twitter accounts for a large amount of it, too.

Storm: Yes, Twitter went from nowhere, not even on our radar four months ago, and it is now number 11 in driving traffic to our Web site, which I just think is remarkable. Facebook is number seven.

Ludtke: What’s number one?

Storm: Google. I think you would be hard pressed to find anybody who didn’t respond to Google as their number one traffic driver.

Ludtke: Twitter is now number 11.

Storm: It’s a remarkable thing to watch that grow. It just proved to me that people care. It’s so ironic. Ten years ago, I remember sitting in a newsroom and scratching my head, saying, “How do we get people to care about AIDS in Africa? How do we reach people with this story?” I remember everyone in the newsroom saying, “The audience is apathetic; they don’t care.” I felt that was wrong. They do care; of course, they care. They just need to have access to this stuff.

The irony now is that the apathy we’re seeing is actually inside of the newsroom. The audience is totally energized, totally connected, and totally spreading around these powerful stories. But because of the crisis that we’re going through, news organizations don’t have the resources to do the kind of stories that I’m describing. People are asked to do less with more and not given the time. Time is the greatest luxury in journalism. It’s why we don’t publish on a deadline. We publish when we feel a project is ready. All of these things connect to each other and in really interesting ways to passion. What an exciting time to be practicing journalism!

Ludtke: Many of the stories on MediaStorm are lengthy, some more than 20 minutes. At a time when it’s said that people’s attention spans are shrinking as they dash around from link to link, never stopping very long at any one site, why are you convinced that doing long-form journalism on the Web is viable as a business strategy?

Storm: The data tells me it’s true. This is one of the things that used to drive me crazy when I was at MSNBC. Microsoft, its half owner, is a very data-driven, metric-centric culture. They look at numbers, so that is built into my DNA now. So that’s what I do: look at our numbers on the dashboard. I can see how our publication is evolving—time spent on the site, where traffic is coming from, whose blog posts, who’s spreading it for us. I have visibility in a way that is totally profound. I know so much about how our publication is and is not working, because the data are right in front of me. I think data can also be evil. A lot of people run around and say, “We need page views, we’ve just got to have video ….” Sometimes they don’t interpret the data correctly. Sometimes data can be used in a way that is not good.

For me, though, it’s wonderful to have the ability to see how many people are watching our 21-minute video about a young African man’s journey to get to Europe with the help of smugglers. What percentage do you think watch 21 minutes from start to end on our site? The answer is 65 percent. That is an astonishingly high completion rate on the Web. When you think about it, it goes back to quality. The only reason they’re watching it is because it’s just a great story. We develop the character in a way that you start to care for him, you see yourself in the character, and you’re hooked. You have to know: does he make it? And then, once he makes it, you say, “Holy smokes, he’s thinking about going back for real.” That is what we’re looking for, that universal, robust, in-depth coverage of an issue that people can relate to—immigration. A lot of people migrate; a lot of people leave their families in search of “a better life.” In Kingsley’s case, it’s still up for discussion whether his life is better or not.

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Ludtke: We’re going to link to your Web site and these projects you’ve mentioned so that people can see some of these stories themselves. Can you describe some of the common threads that you see weaving together the various stories MediaStorm.org has published?

Storm: That’s a really hard question, because I often get asked to describe what MediaStorm is, and it’s going to sound weird, but one of my goals is for people not to be able to describe it. When people come to the homepage, it’s not really clear right away what it is. A lot of news sites look exactly the same; they all have the identical template, design and aesthetic quality. I want people to come into our site and say, “What? I don’t understand.” They have to explore, and that’s the idea behind the promos on the homepage; touch a project and see a little piece of the story. Every story is different on our site; we don’t have a specific editorial focus. There are not certain topics that we care more about than others. What I want people to do is try to start explaining the site, but then they get frustrated and say, “You should just go see it. It’s really good. It’s worth seeing.” Those are the words I’m hopeful people will use. Those three sentences. “It’s really good, and it’s worth your time. Go see it.” I think everyone will look at stories and take away different things from them. There is no quick slogan. We’ve been called “the new Life magazine,” or “the Life magazine of the Internet.” That is a pretty awesome description, and I appreciate that people see it that way. There is a certain element of that that is accurate in terms of our aspirations. We’re trying to do stories that show life and help people better understand the complex world that we’re in. It is complex. I think the way in which we approach these stories helps to make those ideas more understandable and more accessible.

22 Comments on Long-Form Multimedia Journalism: Quality Is the Key Ingredient
Melissa Ludtke says:
May 6, 2009 at 7:38pm
Brian Storm is offering a week-long multimedia reporting workshop in New York City in June and August:

For more information about this opportunity: http://mediastorm.org/workshops/reporting.htm#Apply

Advanced Multimedia Reporting Workshop in New York City

The MediaStorm Advanced Multimedia Reporting Workshop in New York City is an intensive, hands-on educational experience in advanced multimedia storytelling. Over the course of a week, participants will work in three-person teams, reporting and editing in collaboration with a seasoned multimedia professional to produce a multimedia project for distribution across multiple platforms. Each team will produce a professional-quality, ready-for-publication multimedia story.





Jaden Allen says:
March 24, 2009 at 11:17am
It is so interesting to see the redirection of journalism. I agree with Storm that the new era of journalism is exciting, there is endless opportunities, and journalists shouldn't be negative about the new change. The quality of the material content is so crucial, I completely agree that it should be imperishable. Time should be taken to develop the material and to create a unique approach that grabs attention. As is undeniable on MediaStorm's website
the innovative utilization of photo, sound and video makes effective and lasting journalism.
J says:
March 24, 2009 at 11:13am
There will always be a need for perishable news. However, there is also a need for different approaches and genre of news reporting. Though perishable news can be assisted by the public, there will always be a need for professionals in that arena.

This approach to news reporting however cannot be universal. The public demand for quick facts rather than story and exposition will keep the perishable news approach in demand. The long form news is a more storytelling approach to the facts. Much the way Truman Capote approached news. MediaStorm looks for the story within the facts and is able to find the truth within the story.
Kelsey Osterman and Heather Boden says:
March 24, 2009 at 11:12am
As aspiring journalism students, we enjoyed reading your article. It was encouraging for us to hear someone who is so excited about where journalism is going, when many people believe that journalism is a dying practice. The online evolution of journalism may scare some people, but is actually a blessing in disguise. The capacity to reach a huge number of people worldwide is something newspapers or broadcast news could never achieve. The web has revolutionized how journalists produce news stories and how the public interacts with news and the world around them. It is so easy to connect with people from all over the globe through the sites that Storm mentioned, such as Twitter and Facebook. Thanks for this interview.
Jacob Turner says:
March 24, 2009 at 11:11am
Its really nice to see someone who doesn't believe that the journalism industry is declining. even though the industry is changing I am glad to hear someone who is optimistic about the profession and sees it as an opportunity to report on global issues.

I agree that most people are underestimating society today and their concern for real news; they care, they just have to have access. Being a college student, I have noticed that my generation in particular has a great concern for world issues, more so then some generations previous. It is good to see the advancing technology meet the augmenting concern of the public.
Meridith and Amanda says:
March 24, 2009 at 11:09am
We liked how he mentioned that journalism is just going through redefinition, and not despair. It is refreshing to hear this view in light of the many accounts of dying newspapers. It is also interesting how he mentioned the in depth approach available online. We liked how he applied this to create powerful stories on MediaStorm.
Samantha Aviles says:
March 24, 2009 at 11:09am
I really appreciated your in-depth approach toward reporting. I think that deeper looks into stories make a lasting impact and am excited at the apparent audience there is for such stories. However, I did notice your skepticism of backpack journalists and, while I do prefer the in-depth approach, I think that there is also a place for backpack journalists in the world of journalism. While some of these journalists may need to refine their techniques, I think the one-man-band approach may be the best way to tackle some stories and situations.
Overall, thank you though for the quality and enthusiasm you bring to journalism.
Josh Harney says:
March 24, 2009 at 11:08am
I would definitely commend you on that fact that you are really utilizing all types of multimedia to tell your story. Your passion for your story subjects is so apparent, and this fact alone adds so much to your final video packages, and makes them even more compelling. This is definitely where the future of Journalism is moving, and I hope that all budding journalists can see this and be ready to make the shift into this new world.
Matthew Okada & Job Ang says:
March 24, 2009 at 11:07am
I think Brian's outlook on journalism is both progressive and grounded in what he knows works. Yes, things are moving online, running all over the blogosphere and Twitter, but there are still fundamentals of journalism, such as quality, relevance, and audience connection, that Mr. Storm seems to understand well. His special on focus on quality also really stands out, because you don't need tons of subpar stories if you can just put out a few high-caliber, emotionally and intellectually stimulating ones.

Sometimes we tend to underestimate the audience's attention span. People will still watch something if it's good, interesting, and compelling, and giving them a half-baked, too-short story is a disservice. I also thought that what he said about the AUDIENCE being the energized faction, and the journalists being the apathetic one, was a very different, but true, perspective. Journalists need to care more about their stories.
katie trent says:
March 24, 2009 at 9:52am
First of all we want to thank you for your dedication to quality and your ability to recognize that true quality is not able to happen without working with a team. Journalism is at stage where one person operating at a high level who is an independent one-man band who is telling the kind of stories that you could tell in a collaborative environment. Your passion for what you do is encouraging to see as well. We appreciate how you make your stories impactful by telling it from the perspective of one person or a small group. It makes the story personal and real. Thank you again for your dedication and passion to quality journalism.
Jennifer Martin says:
March 24, 2009 at 9:46am
This is powerful information. It's great to see convicting, relevant stories with longevity that won't pass away in minutes. I wonder, though, how you make revenue; I didn't see advertisements on your website.
Staci Bell says:
March 24, 2009 at 9:45am
As a journalism student, I feel that even as we go through this "reinvention" of what journalism is, I feel that I am too being taught and pushed to do "less with more." To do audio, video, photo, along with pre/post-production all by myself.

This idea pushes away our need for each other and our need to push ourselves to be better journalists. Doing journalism is a community effort and that is evidenced by the web! If future journalists are going to be producing journalism to the effect of what Brian and his staff are doing at MediaStorm, we need to learn how to work together and to be taught how to capture and use audio/video/etc. to effectively tell stories as well.

Reyn Hiskey says:
March 24, 2009 at 9:44am
I really like his passion for his work, but it seems to get the better of him in a few cases. His work and the projects they complete at media storm are well done, thoughtful, and relevant stories. But they are large scale, world news events that are going to be relevant for a while simply because of the nature of them. I don't think that Storm wants to accept that his format is not possible for smaller news stories. And it seems like his way of avoiding the problem is letting journalists forget the smaller, more local stories and let them be handled in low quality formats by amateurs and bloggers. Overall I like his points, but I get the feeling Storm errs on the side of overzealousness in thinking that his way of doing things is the best and should be the new template for journalism as a whole.
Aaron Eddy says:
March 24, 2009 at 9:44am
I thought it is interesting how a seasoned journalist who sees what is happening in the media industry, but is still optimistic about it. The thoughts on how journalism is not dying but is just entering a new, maybe even better era, is encouraging. Comparing 'word of mouth' now to just a couple years ago is astonishing. These days we can just send an email with a link to all of our contacts at the same time, and that email may keep being forwarded until thousands of people have seen it. The world of journalism is changing, for better or worse, but this article was encouraging for me as an aspiring journalist.
Emily Agenjo says:
March 24, 2009 at 9:44am
What Storm said about the newsroom being apathetic is profound. I would agree that the audience is beginning to be responsive in a time of extreme doubt in the US, while the reporters and storytellers are beginning to doubt their worth. Journalism has been on its way to becoming obsolete and it is hopefully making a strong comeback with organizations like MediaStorm. The stories are beautifully made and inspire young journalists such as myself. Anymore in the journalism world, we cannot be able just to write or just to photograph. We must be able to do both and more. I hope to be as equipped as Brian Storm and his media team are, when I become a journalist out in the world.
Jennifer Yoo says:
March 24, 2009 at 9:44am
This was a great article. It truly summarizes the challenges that journalists are facing right now and I have to agree with Storm when he said that the journalism industry is being redefined and how it is constantly changing. I think it’s sad to see that “quality” is not present as much and how journalists are just writing more stories with less quality. But overall, it’s definitely encouraging to see the multimedia journalism evolve and how convergent journalism is becoming more and more familiar to us.
Jacob Frischknecht says:
March 24, 2009 at 9:42am
I am really empowered by your in-depth look at people and real life issues going on in our world. Your description of story telling is very motivating, as I hope to be able to tell stories in an effective way so that people will want to listen. Your interview has also inspired me to look more into the business aspect of journalism, as I realize that the changing face of journalism is calling not only for journalists, but businessmen as well.

Great journalism, I am very intrigued by mediastorm.
Lindsey says:
March 24, 2009 at 9:41am
I love the fact that Storm is concerned with a timeless, quality product, while still utilizing new media. It seems like so many news stories can be concerned with having all of the new media bells and whistles, but lack quality and depth. It seems like Storm has found the best of new and old journalism.
Chris says:
March 24, 2009 at 9:41am
What's interesting about Brian Storm is that he focuses on the people involved in what's going on in the world, unlike the local or national news. His web site is much more artistic and he offers more perspective to a story than a lot of other news providers.
Brittany Bury says:
March 24, 2009 at 9:40am
A question that comes to my mind after reading this is whether Storm truly believes that professional journalists will have the freedom and time to be able to focus on investigative reporting rather than day to day news stories? Also I am curious to find out what Storm would define a journalist as and whether he considers blogging as real journalism?
Nichele says:
March 24, 2009 at 9:39am
I find it incredible that so many online users are taking the time to complete viewing of the long form news story online. The numbers as high as 65 percent seem to indicate that the viewing public does care quite a bit about the issues in the world. They're just looking for quality material and stories that they can get behind.

Also, the prevalence of online social networking is simply staggering. The fact that so many people are coming to MediaStorm through networking sites like Twitter and Facebook truly shows a shift in the trend of media absorption.
reed price says:
March 24, 2009 at 7:51am
This is great information. Brian's description of the power of social networks -- of 1:1 referrals hyper-powered by digital connections -- is very powerful.

His comment about entreprenurial journalism, and his own experience with MediaStorm, makes me wonder if Brian is expecting our business models to focus more on the individual or production team, as opposed to the corporate underwriter (Paul Swider calls it "more freelance" http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7014518036)

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