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MediaStorm Premieres 9 Films for WSJ. Magazine’s 2018 Innovators Award at the Museum of Modern Art

Crafting a better future from a world in flux. This is the hallmark of WSJ. Magazine’s 2018 Innovators—a group of visionary, foundation-shaking luminaries working across nine fields. This year’s talents were honored at the annual Innovator Awards on November 7 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Selected by WSJ. Magazine editors, the honorees were: Ruth E. Carter (Design); David Chang (Food); Nonny de la Peña (Technology); Agnes Gund (Philanthropy); Jacques Herzog & Pierre de Meuron (Architecture); Jonah Hill (Film); Ralph Lauren (Fashion); John Legend (Entertainment); and Pheobe Waller-Bridge (TV).

For the fourth year in a row, MediaStorm has used its multidisciplinary approach to create films that shine a light on the legacies and innovations of each individual. These films showcase some of MediaStorm’s greatest strengths: an ability to develop a captivating story under tight constraints; combining beautiful cinematography and motion graphics to add unparalleled finesse; and working in close partnership with a client to get results.

These videos have been a critical part of WSJ. Magazine’s strategy to drive its audience to its site and to assert itself as the place of significance for the informed citizen.

In keeping with our mission to develop stories that matter, we are thrilled to play a role in recognizing the WSJ. Magazine 2018 Innovators.

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Now Hiring: Operations & Social Media Manager and Developers @ MediaStorm

We’re Hiring! Check out our open positions in Operations and Social Media; and Design and Development:

We’re looking for a talented, digitally-savvy Operations and Social Media Manager to keep us current and organized.  The ideal candidate will be an adept writer, have experience with online video, design, social media, and be eager and interested in taking ownership of projects and supporting a growing production studio. Details and how to apply, here

Our Design and Development team provides opportunities to work on the intersection of storytelling and technology. We’re looking for a full stack; front-end; and back-end developers to work on the MediaStorm Platform. The MediaStorm Platform is the toolset for content creators who want to control how their work is created, viewed, and monetized.

Deadline to apply for all opportunities is November 16.

Come join our growing team. We look forward to hearing from you!


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Reading the Pictures Salon: The Border Wall

We’re writing to tell you about an awesome project, which just won the Howard Chapnick Award, The Reading the Pictures Salon. The Reading the Pictures Salon focuses on how the US/Mexico border wall is depicted, and how photographers and the media are using imagery to depict the politics, to editorialize on it, or to outright challenge the politics from a human rights and social justice perspective. 

The Salon brings together the eyes and voices of the world’s leading photojournalists, photo editors, visual scholars and other highly-informed observers to analyze select edits of still images in a unique two hour on-line discussion format. Offered free via the web, each program garners hundreds of viewers immediately, and thousands of viewers over weeks and months, attracting a targeted audience of concerned citizens, students, scholars, and media professionals. 

The salon will take place on December 6, at 7:30 pm EST (join here).

An expert panel will examine the visual depiction of the wall, and how photographers and the news media are using imagery to frame the politics and the human rights issues surrounding the wall. Special attention will be paid to images published since the White House implementation of the “zero tolerance” policy, the family separation crisis and “the caravan.” This salon is co-produced with the Magnum Foundation with the support of the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund. 

Experts include: Anne Demo, Assistant Professor, Communication Arts and Sciences, Penn State University (Moderator). Teddy Cruz, Architect, Professor of Public Culture and Urbanism, Visual Arts, UCSD;  Fonna Forman, Associate Professor of Political Science / Co-Director, UCSD Center on Global Justice;  Erin Siegal McIntyre, Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism; Nick Oza, Staff Photographer, Arizona Republic; Griselda San Martindocumentary photographer focusing on issues of immigration and identity; and Michael Shaw, Publisher, Reading The Pictures

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MediaStorm 2019 Masterclass Dates

MediaStorm staff and participants at a recent masterclass

2019 marks our twelfth training year at MediaStorm. Each year our masterclasses attract leading industry professionals looking to advance their multimedia and storytelling skills. Over 250 participants have come through our doors and we continue to be humbled by how much they take away from the experience.

Meredith Hogan, previously a Senior Multimedia Editor at NBCNews.com, told us that our Methodology Masterclass was “a creativity adrenaline shot for doing storytelling at the highest level and for the right reasons.”

In 2019 we’ll be offering two Methodology masterclasses as well as two One-Day masterclasses in Brooklyn, NY. We are looking forward to another exciting, innovative and challenging training year. We hope you’ll be able to join us.

MediaStorm Masterclass Dates 2019

April 13 One-day Masterclass
May 25 One-day Masterclass
June 18-21 Methodology Masterclass
Dec. 17-20 Methodology Masterclass

All classes will take place in Brooklyn, at POV Headquarters at 20 Jay St.

Applications are now open. Apply now.

About Our Masterclasses

MediaStorm offers an array of in-person masterclasses and online training opportunities to meet your learning needs.

MediaStorm One-day Masterclass
One-day overview session focused on the art of digital storytelling.

MediaStorm Methodology Masterclass
This masterclass is tailored to professionals who want to integrate MediaStorm methods into their curriculum or approach to storytelling.

Online Training
If you’re not able to join us in Brooklyn this year, consider signing up for a one-year subscription to our Online Training. Pay just one fee for more than six hours of video tutorials with MediaStorm staff on reporting and post-production.

We hope you can join us for another great year of masterclasses!

Application deadlines are approaching. Apply now.

Learn more about our upcoming classes at mediastorm.com/train.

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IAFOR Documentary Photography Award

Ezra Acayan is the Grand Prize Winner of this year’s IAFOR Documentary Photography Award in recognition of his work documenting the ongoing war on drugs in the Philippines. Congratulations to Ezra on this achievement!

Photo Credit: Ezra Acayan. Supporters stretch their hands towards a portrait of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte during a welcome rally outside MalacaÒang Palace in Manila, Philippines on June 30, 2016, his inauguration day.

Ezra will now receive the following as part of his Grand Prize package:

Congratulations also to Subhrajit Sen (Second Place) from India, Elliott Verdier (Third Place) from France, Camillo Pasquarelli (Honourable Mention) from Italy, and Farshid Tighehsaz (Honourable Mention) from Iran, who will also receive prizes from Think Tank Photo, MediaStorm and The International Academic Forum (IAFOR).

We are happy to support photographers dedicated to documenting important issues around the world.

You can learn more here.

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