Broadcast: Visual storytelling

  • Event: 2014 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Mark Greenblatt of Scripps Washington Bureau; Evan Stulberger of WNBC New York City; Jim O'Donnell of NBC10 Philadelphia
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 27 at 10:00am
  • Location: Golden Gate B
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

How do you show a conflict of interest—in pictures and video? What camera angle best represents the "middle class?" Pairing images and original graphics with abstract ideas can prove challenging when building investigative pieces for television and online video. This panel of expert storytellers will share creative methods, revealing strategies and memorable techniques that won’t just bring video-poor stories to life, but will transform them into clear, powerful pieces that connect with audiences.

Speaker Bios

  • Mark Greenblatt is a 3-time Peabody award winner who’s work has led to widespread reforms, new local and federal laws and the federal indictment of a former V.A. chief. His work has earned the I.R.E. Medal, duPont-Columbia, Livingston, national Emmy for investigative, national Murrow and he has twice been named a finalist for Harvard’s Goldsmith Prize. Mark is a proud father and husband, brews his own beer, and he is the Fund For Investigative Journalism’s Treasurer.

  • Jim O'Donnell is the Senoir Investigative Producer, managing the investigative team at WCAU-TV in Philadelphia.  Before moving to Philly Jim was the Investigative Producer at KGO-TV in San Francisco. He has twice been a finalist for IRE awards, as well as, recognized nationally with a variety of honors, such as, a Sigma Delta Chi, a Gracie and the Genesis Award from The Humane Society of the United States. Jim's investigations have uncovered government mismanagement, waste and injustice. He says the best part of the job is giving a voice to the voiceless. @ODonnellJim

  • Evan Stulberger is an investigative producer with WNBC in New York, NY. For more than a decade, Evan has been using technology to bring emotion and visual interest to stories about numbers, audits, and lawsuits. Evan’s investigative pieces have earned nationwide honors in the National Press Photographers Association’s video editing competition. He has won Emmy awards for photography and editing, and several regional Murrow awards for investigative reporting. @evan4ny

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