Adopt a Multimedia Journalist : Scott LaPierre

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Greenway Sculpture

LaPierre does well with this visually appealing piece about artist Janet Echelman’s sculpture. The sculpture hangs between skyscrapers in downtown Boston. A good video with detail shots. Good angles in interviews.

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Patriots Passion

I like this because it’s colorful, and very active and animated.  The lively upbeat music in the back plays up the celebration. There is no dialogue in this but that is OK, because it speaks visually, the looks on the faces in the crowd and the yelling. It displays a sense of home team pride.

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Deflategate

This is an interesting piece. Visually there is a lot going on about the office. While this is a real news story it seems to be a little lighthearted this is fine, because the video is pretty fun, visual appeal of this, coupled with a more recent event, and the fun atmosphere captured on film is the good part about the video.Screen Shot 2015-12-15 at 4.26.13 PM

Snowday

This is another video with a lot of visual appeal. It’s downtown in the middle of a heavy snow day in Boston. People are trudging through the snow and workers are about trying to clean sidewalk. I really like the tight shots of faces and beards covered in snow.

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Kasey’s hands

This video is a about a man who broke his neck and is now paralyzed. This is interesting because he has a pet monkey that helps him do everything.  The interaction between the monkey and man is interesting, and if nothing else guaranteed click bait.

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Committed to colloquialisms

This is an interesting piece for audio reasons. It is another fun video that teaches about regional vocabulary, and accents. The interviewer is interviewing his father. This is a close to home story for the Boston region again LaPierre does well to capture Boston manifested in it’s city folk.

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Amanda Palmer

What’s not to love about this video? It is very musically inclined as Amanda Palmer talks about her new love for the ukulele. There are cool visuals of her singing from the rooftops and she plays a song throughout the interview, crisp editing and visuals for the win.Screen Shot 2015-12-15 at 4.16.05 PM.png

Boston Accent

This is another local story for homegrown New Englanders. The auditory appeal comes from a clicker used in a classroom. You are also watching a man pronounce words without pronouncing the “R’s”. It’s an informative video on pronunciation and accents and how having an accent could hold you back from reaching a certain level of professionalism.Screen Shot 2015-12-15 at 4.14.31 PM

Bruins Singer

Story is appealing for historical reasons. However visually it is a sight to see the bright colors and black and yellow of the Boston Bruins. The story of a man who has sang at every home game for the Bruins in the past 35 years. LaPierre captures an intimate piece of the city to present on film.

 

The multimedia journalist I chose was Scott LaPierre of the Boston Globe with the 10 examples I have sampled of his work I must say all stayed in the realm of great visual appeal. The editing was well done and I believe he had solid messages, and ideas in all of these examples.  First and foremost what drew me to his work was the attention to detail in his shots. The snowy days were immortalized by man’s face in the work day with the white crystals compacted in his facial hair in the harsh winds.  I appreciated seeing the city through his lens. He had some great shots of different variety and was really good at capturing emotion, even when that was all there was to capture.  I enjoyed his approach to filming, all of his interviews seemed to go over smoothly and he also got excellent b-roll footage for a lot of his projects.  He was able to show me as a person who isn’t from Boston or the New England area what it was all about. He captured the hard work of the citizens and was able to put together the underlying visual appearance of Boston and expand it’s beauty, through showing you the people, places and things that make the city what it is. He did a wonderful job as a spokesman for the city in my opinion, and told a story that visually did what it was supposed to do and highlighted the best parts of the city and that’s what makes him a  good multimedia journalist. He was able to bring life to the city visually.

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