The New Video Journalism …

August 13, 2014

I’m not sure if any of you read The Verge, but it’s a tech news and culture site launched by Vox Media a few years ago, with a focus on long-form feature writing and gadget reviews. They almost immediately began including video as part of their daily offerings, and this piece, about an old subway tunnel that was boarded up and forgotten for nearly 150 years, is representative of a new genre of Web-based video journalism. Note the use of slow motion, stock footage (the bird’s eye shot) and the extra wide angle lenses. It’s an interesting development; the length owes much more to traditional broadcast journalism, but the visual style is much closer to Errol Morris and the kind of documentary filmmakers of the ’80s, ’90s, and beyond. 

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