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Join Brian Storm at CUNY for Storytelling Workshop

Join multimedia pioneer and MediaStorm founder Brian Storm for an overview of documentary video and multimedia storytelling approaches on December 8, from 7-9pm at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. For more information and to RSVP, please click here.

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Storm will walk you through specific examples, and share his business experience, as well as proven tips to improve your interviewing, shooting and editing techniques. And he will offer suggestions to those entering the visual job market.

 

MediaStorm publishes diverse narratives, offers advanced training seminars and collaborates with a diverse group of clients. MediaStorm’s stories and interactive applications have received numerous honors, including two duPont Awards, four Emmys, and five Online Journalism Awards.

Prior to launching MediaStorm in 2005, Storm spent two years as vice president of News, Multimedia & Assignment Services for Corbis, a digital media agency founded and owned by Bill Gates. From 1995 to 2002 he was director of multimedia at MSNBC.com.

RSVP HERE

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Moving Forward

Last week’s Presidential election in the United States left many feeling uncertain about the country’s future. It was by any measure a divisive election season. So we’d like to take a moment to reiterate MediaStorm’s core beliefs.

Unequivocally, we support the inalienable rights and dignity of every person without regard to race, religion, class, sexual orientation and gender identity, or any other facet of our humanity. We reject the hateful attitudes that have been prominent throughout this election season and stand in solidarity with communities of color, Muslims, immigrants, refugees and displaced people, African Americans, disabled people, LGBTQ people, and any other group that has been targeted.

We believe deeply in the power of our shared human experience and we are eager to use authentic, in-depth storytelling to build empathy and act as a bridge between people. We will never lose sight of the fact that it is these communities that need our support, our love, and our resources.

In the months and years ahead, we pledge to continue producing stories on the challenges that will no doubt face our nation. Many of our partners have been working on these important issues for some time now. To support their work in racial and economic justice, immigrant rights, climate change, refugee rights, and criminal justice reform, please visit their websites:

We are so grateful to them and to all of our partners, many of whom spend each day working to build a more just world.

The success of our country, the very ability of people to bridge what feels like an immense divide, depends on empathy. And there is no better vessel for that than storytelling.

There is much we can do and in the coming years we hope to leverage our experience to empower emerging producers to tell their own stories; to provide a platform for a diverse collective of voices; and to collaborate with all of you to tell the stories that matter.

We are going to take some time to reflect on the most appropriate role MediaStorm can play to demonstrate our solidarity with and commitment to targeted communities. To that end, we welcome your thoughts on how we might better be of service, both through storytelling and partnerships. Please feel to drop us a line via info@mediastorm.com. We look forward to hearing from you.

Please stay safe and know that we at MediaStorm stand with you in the quest to build a just and equitable society.

With love,

The MediaStorm Family

 

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Now Hiring: Interactive Designer at MediaStorm

MediaStorm is looking for a passionate and self-motivated Interactive Designer to further shape the look and feel of MediaStorm’s publication and digital channels as well as projects for MediaStorm’s clients.

The ideal candidate will have extensive experience designing and developing cutting-edge UI/UX, and creating detailed product specs for various interactive products. Experience working across multiple mediums and platforms (mobile, desktop, broadcast, and print) is a strong plus.

Description

The Interactive Designer will:

  • Design and develop web applications, graphics, and data visualizations
  • Conceptualize and document requirements for the UI/UX of various products
  • Work with Developers, Producers, and Project Managers to establish production timelines and deliver products
  • Participate in client meetings and design to their needs

Qualifications

The applicant should have:

  • At least three years of professional digital design & development experience
  • A strong sense of typography, layout, color, images, motion, and interactivity
  • Proficiency with modern design tools and applications (including Adobe Creative Suite)
  • Proficiency with modern web development tooling (HTML5, JavaScript, CSS/JS preprocessors & frameworks, Git)
  • Strong research & development and prototyping skills
  • An appreciation for photography and multimedia storytelling
  • Ability to collaborate with a diverse team
  • Ability to self-manage and meet aggressive deadlines
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to work remotely and to travel as necessary
  • Strong communication skills

Deadline to apply is Monday, November 21, 2016

Click here to apply.

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The Last Move Launches Today on Short of the Week

We are thrilled that one of MediaStorm’s latest films, The Last Move, has been selected by Short of the Week and is today’s pick. Short of the Week is an online, year-round film festival for shorts that has been discovering and promoting the greatest and most innovative stories from around the world since 2007.

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The Last Move tells the story of Michael Thomasson, who has passionately spent a lifetime amassing the world’s largest video game collection, even recognized by the Guinness Book of World’s Records. But with his mother sick and facing an enormous mortgage, Michael decides to put his collection up for sale, and hopes that someone will pay enough to cover his costs.

Watch the film here, “like” it on Vimeo, share it, and spread the word to other lovers of shorts and good stories.

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MediaStorm Salutes Veterans

We are proud to document the stories of the men and women who risk their lives to serve and protect our country, and the families that stand behind them. This Veteran’s Day, we honor their sacrifices with these films.

The War Comes Home, by Soledad O’Brien and MediaStorm , takes an intimate look at two veterans as they struggle with the transition from war to home. The film first aired on CNN and pays tribute to the invisible wounds of too many of our soldiers.

Homecoming tells the story of Major Amy Quesenberry’s transition from solider to civilian.  The veteran unemployment rate is nearly double the national average. That is simply unacceptable to Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, who believes that veterans can become assets to any company.

To those who serve in the armed forces, what is the aftereffect of war? The Marlboro Marine is photographer Luis Sinco’s portrait of Marine Corporal James Blake Miller, whom he met in Iraq. For Miller, coming home has been its own battle.

For each of the more than four thousand U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq, there is an American family undone by grief. Never Coming Home takes us inside these families, to meet the people and sift through the emotions that are left behind.

 

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