JRNL102 Final Assignment Pitch

I’ll be brutally honest with you – sometimes life sucks. It throws us things that, quite frankly, we would be better off without.

My audio-visual piece is one that is close to my heart, and I deliberated for quite some time as to whether this piece was appropriate (hence how late this post is), however it is something that must be come to terms with and spoken about. So here we go.

Sometime about two months ago, my father had a very severe and very sudden stroke. That morning he was perfectly healthy, and that evening he was having life saving surgery whilst my family and I sat in the waiting room wondering if we’d ever even get to say goodbye. SomethingI wouldn’t wish upon my worst enemy.

Thankfully, however, my dad is a trooper, and despite what all expert medical opinion has told us he should be doing (or rather, not doing) he is doing very well.

This is where my story begins to take place. Physically, my dad now looks just as he did before. His symptoms, therefore, are much more mental and cognitive. He has all normal brain functions (has all his memory and is still able to function as normal), however has a lot of difficulty with concentration, focus and gets extremely fatigued very quickly.

I have come to notice that if everything look okay on the outside, people stop caring. But we, being his family, we can’t stop caring (nor do we want to). I therefore hope to shed a family’s perspective on the implications of strokes, particularly those as severe as my dad’s. For such task, I will be interviewing and getting insight from my mother and little brother, and may also narrate myself.

In terms of the construction of the piece, there will be a brief overview as to what happened, and then majority of the piece will be focused on the implications of the stroke and the toll it has taken not only on my dad but also on the rest of the family. The sounds will start off at the hospital, but will mostly be regular sounds of household activities and chatter that occurs throughout the day. The photography and video aspects will follow suit.

Before this all happened, I only knew as much about strokes as what I had learned in school and on the television, but there are so many more ramifications involved that I feel need to be known. Heres hoping that it all plays out as expected!


Interactive Storytelling – Best and Worst

Mid-session break gave us a chance to look at various examples of interactive storytelling that have been critically acclaimed. Some were fantastic examples of journalistic pieces that combine emotional connection and learning opportunities, whilst others were far too busy and did not enable any reflection throughout the piece.

Best of the Best

Firestorm Masterclasses

Firestorm – The Guardian

Firestorm, an interactive piece by The Guardian, tells the story of Tim and Tammy Holmes and their children in their ordeal against a raging fire that destroyed the Tasmanian town of Dunalley. The piece enables the audience to scroll through in time sequence order, beginning with the morning before the fire and ending with the aftermath and rebuilding process. Each chapter, with six in total, combines video, audio, imagery and words to fully encapsulate the story being told. The incorporation of the ambient sound alongside the moving pictures sets the scene for each segment. The piece, however, does not only contain the story of the Homes family; Firestorm also provides opportunity for learning about the natural phenomenon that is fire. With reference to academics that enhance the credibility of the piece, the Guardian have provided a highly interactive and engaging piece that truly encapsulates the Australian spirit, and therefore has been successful in creating an audience for itself.

Worst of the Worst


Highrise – Canada’s National Film Board

Maybe WORST is a little too harsh. However, an opinion is an opinion. Highrise, by the Canadian National Film Board, is the continual story of the Skyscraper (or highrise building) over numerous years within society. The series is very busy, with many many sections that then lead to more sections which then have more videos and links to other sections. It is ALOT to take in for the average reader, and unless you have a very long attention span, odds are you will probably zone out after 5 minutes. There is no doubt that the piece is a fantastic example of interactive and multi-media journalism, however if they were to tone it down even just a little, it would be that much more effective and resonate with a much wider audience.