Melissa PrachtMMW 05: Sept 2009
Melissa Pracht worked in print and online news journalism for nearly 10 years before she joined the communications department at Doctors Without Borders/Mèdecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in New York City in 2006. At MSF, she manages the Frontline Reports Podcast; edits Alert, MSF-USA's quarterly print magazine; and creates multimedia content.
Highlights of her career so far have been traveling this year with MSF to South Africa to interview some of the countless Zimbabweans who have sought shelter there, only to find even more suffering once they arrived; and a 2004 trip to Cuba with another humanitarian aid group where she traversed the island and interviewed everyone from revolutionary veterans to photographers to members of the national deaf and blind association.
Melissa participated in the September 2009 MediaStorm Storytelling Workshop
. She had the following to say about her experience:
In one action-packed week, our team learned and put into practice the MediaStorm approach to multimedia. The ability to hear and discuss the thought behind the approach as well as the hands-on experience of putting a project together, soup to nuts, was invaluable. The workshop delivered exactly what I need for my work as a multimedia editor: a solid foundation on which to build my organization's multimedia growth.