Eric Olsen: Multimedia Journalist


            New York Times Senior Video Journalist Eric Olsen combines a talent for video editing with skills as a writer and photographer to make the ultimate multimedia journalist. Olsen has a lot of experience. Since earning is master’s degree in environmental management at the University of Washington, Olsen has worked for the U.S. government; Seattle weekly; Apple and ABC news. Olsen joined the NY Times in 2005. Olsen seems to have a natural abundance of curiosity, as his stories are always terribly interesting and are often focused on unordinary subjects. As his stories are often very different, the different approaches Olsen takes in telling them show how a multimedia journalist must be able adapt.

            Olsen uses the tools that are available to him. For the New York Times, Olsen usually produces longer news documentary type videos. For the documentary video, “Drone Racing Dreams,” Olsen incorporated the technology on which the story focused: Olsen used video taken from the drones’ cameras. Yet, Olsen occasionally makes shorter more artistic videos. Olsen maintains an Instagram account where he often posts short videos that often incorporate filters and effects.

            In Olsen’s writing work and photography he tends to focus on conservation and wildlife, which makes sense, as it’s his real area of expertise. It’s this expertise that allows Olsen to make really informed conservation stories. In his news documentary, “the Animals of Chernobyl,” Olsen’s follows an expert studying the affects of the high levels of radiation on the area’s wildlife. If Olsen was not so knowledgeable about the topic and didn’t have connections in that world, perhaps he would not be able to get the story.

            Like many filmmakers, Olsen seems like a very curious individual who has a lot of hobbies.

Videos: Hoverboarding at Venice Beach An interesting short video story about a cool new gadget that’s making some controversy. This video is a good example how how text can be used in a video story. Also, the way the background music is edited is pretty slick. Drone Racing Dreams A slightly longer video about FPV Drone Racing and it’s role in one man’s recovery from an auto-immune disorder. This an an excellent video that incorporates video taken from the drones. Also, The interview audio and music feature some tight editing. The Animals of Chernobyl A slightly longer video story about a scientist who is studying wildlife in areas of high radioactivity. This story is one of many Olsen has done about wildlife conservation. The video features voice over, interview footage, b-roll and music. Native Fantasy: Germany’s Indian Heroes A long video story about Germany’s fictional take on the tale of the American Indian. This video features voice over, natural sound, interview footage, b-roll and excerpts from German film. The story is almost surreal, and it says a lot about the nature of stereotypes. Instagram: Sugarloaf Miuntain A creative clip of a silhouette emerging from glaring sunlight as the camera’s distance from the ground increases. Boston, United Kingdom A creative clip of the English countryside taken from a train that utilizes a slow motion effect . This clip was published in spring. Krampus Run Munich, Germany A short video of from a holiday celebration in Germany. The men in the video are dressed as Krampus, the child punishing monster from German folklore. Photo:


Tea Picker / Sri Lankae

  This photo features strong composition and vivid color complements. Also, the photo is well focused. The emotion in the woman’s face is perfect.


Great White Shark /  Gansbaii, South Africa This photo also features strong composition and vivid color complements. This is an excellent example of Olsen’s conservation work, and would be a difficult shot to get. News Story:

Protected Reef Offers Model for Conservation

This article is yet another example of one of Olsen’s conservation pieces. About a scientist who is working to restore a coral reef and wildlife in Belize, the article shows that there may be hope for wildlife on our planet, and the good work is being done.


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