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Patrick Wellever

09: Aug 2013, Developer and Staff

During the past decade, Patrick has worked in various roles at the intersection of journalism and technology. Before joining MediaStorm, he was a digital producer at National Geographic, where he worked on a major digital overhaul of the Out of Eden Walk project -- a decade-long storytelling odyssey tracing the pathways of ancient human migration out of Africa and across the globe.


Prior to that, he spent four years with the Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT, where he organized training opportunities in digital media production and web technologies for visiting fellows, in addition to overseeing the program's web presence and internal technology needs. Patrick's background also includes stints at a daily newspaper in Michigan and a small software company offering a hosted publishing platform and other services for news media outlets.


After starting his career in photojournalism, Patrick has steadily shifted his focus toward harnessing technology in the service of impactful storytelling. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife, Natsumi.


Patrick participated in the August 2013 MediaStorm Methodology Workshop. He had the following to say about his experience:


Over the course of an intensive week of instruction, screenings, and lively group discussion, Brian and his team dissected their business with extraordinary candor. The people at MediaStorm have built a reputation as world-class storytellers by embracing new methods and technologies while refusing to compromise on core values of ethics and narrative journalism.

This in-depth look at the MediaStorm approach will inspire my own efforts to advance a training program in digital media that encompasses fundamental principles of visual storytelling as well as technical instruction.