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Watch MediaStorm’s Nine Digits and support DREAMers

MediaStorm has always focused on telling personal stories about pressing issues, hoping to both educate and inspire audiences. In that vein, six years ago we created Nine Digits–a story about the hopes and dreams of an undocumented college student–as part of our Storytelling Workshop. We hoped then that it wouldn’t be as relevant as it is today, since over 800,000 youth covered by DACA are in limbo as their legal futures hang in the balance.

 

 

Nine Digits tells the story of Cesar, an honors sophomore in college, who arrived in the United States with his family at age 6 from Ecuador. Cesar is one of over a million undocumented youth who live in this country, many having lived here longer than they did in their birth countries. While revealing his status could jeopardize his family, Cesar feels like he has no other choice but to do so, as part of a movement of undocumented youth who seek to shape future legislation that would give them a path to legal citizenship.

Watch the film here.

To learn more about what you can do to support kids like Cesar, please visit Defend DACA.

If you are an educational or nonprofit institution wishing to show the film or acquire it for your collection, please contact edu@mediastorm.com, or click here to purchase a DVD.

To browse through other powerful stories created by MediaStorm, check out our catalog.

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Now Hiring: Full Stack, Front-end and Back-end Developers at MediaStorm

MediaStorm is looking for a passionate and self-motivated Full Stack, Front-end and Back-end Developers to implement and maintain web-based applications including The MediaStorm Platform and websites for MediaStorm’s publication and client projects, as well as in-house and public-facing products and tools. Ideally these positions will be located Menlo Park, CA but we are open to a remote position.

Click here to apply.

 

Full Stack Developer

The Full Stack Developer will:

  • Develop innovative production and workflow tools
  • Work with Back-end Developers, Interactive Designers and Project Managers to establish production timelines
  • Translate application storyboards and use cases into functional applications
  • Participate in client meetings and develop to their needs
  • Work with designers to implement designs and user interfaces
  • Be responsible for testing code across various browsers and platforms
  • Manage deployment of code updates to production environments
  • Generate and maintain detailed documentation for all code
  • Remain up-to-date with new development trends and technologies

The applicant should have:

  • At least four years of professional development experience
  • Proficiency with modern front-end web development tooling (HTML5, JavaScript, CSS3/JS preprocessors & frameworks)
  • Experience with PHP, Ruby, or Node
  • Experience in building large-scale community websites
  • Commanding knowledge of design patterns
  • Experience incorporating a variety of third-party APIs

Front-end Developer

The Front-end Developer will:

  • Develop innovative production and workflow tools
  • Collaborate with Back-end Developers, Interactive Designers and Project Managers to establish production timelines
  • Participate in client meetings and develop to their needs
  • Work with designers to implement designs and user interfaces
  • Be responsible for testing code across various browsers and platforms
  • Manage deployment of code updates to production environments
  • Remain up-to-date with new web development trends and technologies

The successful applicant should have:

  • At least five years of professional development experience
  • Strong proficiency with modern front-end web development tooling (HTML5, JavaScript, CSS3/JS preprocessors & frameworks)
  • Extensive experience with JavaScript libraries and frameworks such as Backbone, Angular, or React
  • Experience with modern development workflow, testing, and version control tools
  • Experience in building large-scale websites
  • Commanding knowledge of MVC and other design patterns
  • Understanding of and sensitivity to visual design requirements and basic principles of user interface design
  • Some experience in backend development a plus
  • 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

 

Back-end Developer

The Back-end Developer will:

  • Develop backend strategies for large-scale web projects
  • Develop innovative production and workflow tools
  • Work with Front-end Developers, Interactive Designers, and Project Managers to establish production timelines and deliver products
  • Participate in client meetings and develop to their needs
  • Be responsible for unit and integration testing of products
  • Build applications focused around media storage, management, and delivery
  • Manage development & production environments and team workflow
  • Generate and maintain detailed documentation for all code
  • Remain up-to-date with new development trends and technologies

The successful applicant should have:

  • At least five years of professional development experience
  • Expert knowledge using Node.js and experience with PHP
  • Expert knowledge of relational and document-based database modeling
  • Experience managing DevOps for an extensive web application utilizing AWS and linux.
  • Understanding of internet standards, security, and compliance
  • Experience in building large-scale websites
  • Deep understanding of design patterns and intended uses
  • Experience integrating with third-party APIs
  • Experience with Continuous Integration strategies and tools

 

Deadline to apply is Friday, September 1, 2017

Click here to apply.

About MediaStorm

MediaStorm is an award-winning film production and interactive design studio whose work gives voice and meaning to the most pressing issues of our time. Our stories demystify complex problems, humanize statistics, and inspire audiences to take action on what matters most.

MediaStorm has led a paradigm shift in digital storytelling. Our in-depth reporting and original use of audio, video, and interactive graphics create compelling stories that get noticed. In the past eight we have been nominated for 17 Emmy Awards and won two Alfred Dupont Awards. Our films connect with audiences, spread through social media, and are picked up by major media outlets, such as AP, NBC, New York Times, and the Washington Post.

As industry leaders, we are committed to preparing the next generation of journalists to harness the craft of digital storytelling. As such, we provide a range of training that teach storytellers how to engage and inspire viewers.

 

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Worth Watching #156: In this World by Kelly Creedon

A really great story told well. What more could you ask for? – Eric Maierson
(Full disclosure, I saw an early draft of this film and provided some initial feedback.)

In This World from Kelly Creedon.

See what else we think is Worth Watching.

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Call for Entries: Paley Center Documentary Pitch Competition

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The Paley Center for Media has announced a call for entries for its celebrated Art of the Documentary Pitch Workshop, which will be held at the Paley Center in New York on Monday, November 6, 2017. This program offers a $5,000 grant from A&E IndieFilms for an unfinished or work-in-progress documentary from an emerging filmmaker (someone with two or less credits for directing feature documentary films, whether or not those films have been released). In this workshop/competition—now in its fourteenth year—a panel of documentary executives and producers discuss the process of developing a documentary and will hear and evaluate pitches from up to five pre-selected up-and-coming filmmakers who are hoping to sell either a nonfiction concept or a documentary work-in-progress. The winner of the pitch competition in November will receive a $5,000 grant to be used towards the completion of their project.

Complete submission guidelines and entry forms can be found here.

 

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Teach Video Journalism and Documentary Filmmaking With MediaStorm

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The MediaStorm Online Training program offers a simple way for educational institutions to use our acclaimed training in their classrooms. In just three easy steps, we’ll have your students learning from our award-winning staff.

Notable institutions like the University of Missouri, University of Iowa, and Northern Arizona University have already made it a regular part of their curriculum.

TESTIMONIALS

This is what some of our happy faculty users have to say:

“I started using MediaStorm’s Online Training videos as a part of a flipped classroom, so that students could learn the “how-to” outside of class, allowing for more hands-on learning and discussion during class sessions. It’s been an invaluable set of tools that reach and engage students with varying skills. The support and service from MediaStorm is excellent, which encourages me to continue to be a loyal client.” -Mikki K. Harris, Assistant Professor, Journalism and Sports Program at Morehouse College (current); Assistant Professor, University of Mississippi (2012-2016)

“I have been using MediaStorm’s Online Training videos for 6 years now as part of my class curriculum in beginning multimedia classes. They are a great addition to my lectures and help prepare the students for our work outside of the classroom. Brian and his staff have done an excellent job explaining the technical concepts of multimedia storytelling in both an entertaining and easy to understand format that keeps my students engaged while watching the videos.”-Laura L. Camden, Associate Professor of Photojournalism and Documentary Studies at Northern Arizona University- School of Communication

GET YOUR 2 WEEK FREE TRIAL EDUCATOR ACCOUNT NOW!

WHAT YOU GET

The MediaStorm Online Training Educational Program

  • Divided into seven modules, and led by our team of producers, editors, and cinematographers, these videos provide essential techniques and useful tips and tools to successfully create powerful stories.

  • The training modules can be incorporated into your program syllabus just like a textbook, and can be accessed by students at any time during the semester.

  • Apart from the Reporting and Post-production tracks, which teach specific theory and skills used by MediaStorm, the Making Of modules offer a behind-the-scenes look at this methodology being put into practice, by dissecting the many decisions in the making of four different films.

  • And our newest series, MediaStorm Post Production Workflow: A Technical Guide to Being Creative. This is a ‘start to finish’ guide that details the technical, organizational and creative techniques we find crucial to the storytelling process, and it’s something we use on every film we produce. This workflow has been continually updated for over a decade, and now you will get the chance to learn from that experience. Videos from this series are in production now, with the first three available now as a preview of what’s to come.

MediaStorm Post Production

 

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