Snapchat

Snapchat has over 100 million active users that produce over 7 billion videos daily. Snapchat members range from the White House to all the Kardashian sisters. Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter display permanent static stories. The creators of Snapchat, Reggie Brown and Evan Spiegel, challenged this norm. They wanted their new medium to mimic interactions in…

GSU Students Tour CNN

I had the opportunity to tour CNN with my Advanced Media Writing class at Georgia State Univerity. Our tour began on March 7 at 9:30. On this bright Tuesday morning, our class gathered at the giant CNN sign, where we met Monte Platt, CNN’s Digital Editor. After being ushered through two security checkpoints, we convened…

The Facebook Journalism Project

According to Neisen Report from March 2016, Americans spend one in every five minutes on Facebook or Instagram. On average, 100 million hours of video are consumed on Facebook daily (Facebook data gathered February 2016). That’s a lot of time and content. However, 83 million accounts on Facebook are fake. That’s 8.7 percent of its 955…

Age of the Podcast: S-Town

When I first started listening to S-Town, I was eager to immerse myself in the beautifully constructed world of storytelling created by the producers of Serial and This American Life, two of my favorite podcasts. S-Town does not disappoint. Several times, I became so lost in the narrative that I found myself unapologetically crying in the back…

Chapter 5: Directing

Directors coordinate all facets of production to create one cohesive form of art. Their main goal to to tell a story in a way that produces an emotional response. The can manipulate their use of sound, images, transitions, and light to produce various effects. Of course, there are various approaches to the creative process. These aesthetics can be…

Floating the Boat

 This is the first in a series of pieces on “A-Town Oddities” I wrote for Five Points Literary Journal, featuring unusual and intriguing sites in Atlanta off the beaten path. * One night after closing the restaurant, I was smoking cigarettes by the dumpster with one of the line cooks. We both worked at a…

Chapter 3: Producing & Production Management

A producer assumes a myriad of roles. They are responsible for drafting a proposal to initiate the project, acquiring funds, hiring personnel, and overseeing the entire production process. The producer establishes continuity throughout the project, ensures that it reaches its target audience and that all financial benefactors are satisfied. Producers act as the cheerleader for…