Ochre Ochre is a digital journal published by Blue Chalk Media. We present stories about changes in the visual storytelling industry.

Ochre is a digital journal published bimonthly by Blue Chalk Media. Written and edited by the Blue Chalk team, it presents stories about changes in the visual storytelling industry. Blue Chalk created Ochre as a place to discuss the changes we are experiencing in the visual storytelling industry every day. We’ve been riding the wave of change long enough to know the prognosis is good, but much is still up in the air. Here’s what we know: The industry is in flux. New tools are rapidly bringing down the barriers to entry in creative fields. Traditional career paths are being sidelined by passion projects and startups. Here’s what we’re not so sure about: What revenue models will emerge to make creative work sustainable? What will be the next technology to change how we communicate? Within a new climate of creative freedom, which projects will be revolutionary? We know that if we have these questions, our colleagues in the industry must have them too. While we don’t “have the answers,” we do have the curiosity to explore and share what we learn.

New from Ochre | Milica Zec and Winslow Turner Porter III have had a whirlwind year. Started in February 2015, their vir...
08/08/2016
A 'Giant' Year for VR

New from Ochre | Milica Zec and Winslow Turner Porter III have had a whirlwind year. Started in February 2015, their virtual reality short “Giant” premiered at Sundance nine months later. The partners have since toured the world’s most prestigious film festivals and made headlines across tech and film trades. Still, their real challenge—like the industry's—is what lies ahead.

**This article is the first Ochre article to use Google VR Views to present immersive 360 images. It's an experiment—we can't wait to hear what you think!**

Milica Zec and Winslow Turner Porter III have had a whirlwind year. Started in February 2015, their virtual reality short “Giant” premiered at Sundance nine months later. The partners have since toured the world’s most prestigious film festivals and made headlines across tech and film trades. Still,...

Thanks for your interest in Ochre! We're now run by Storybench, head over to their page to see what's new.
02/10/2016
Storybench

Thanks for your interest in Ochre! We're now run by Storybench, head over to their page to see what's new.

Storybench is a cookbook for digital storytelling from the Media Innovation graduate program at Northeastern University's School of Journalism.

New from Ochre: Measuring Impact: How Does #Film Drive Change? Beadie Finzi knows all about the power of documentary fil...
03/04/2015
Measuring Impact: Just How Does Film Drive Change?

New from Ochre: Measuring Impact: How Does #Film Drive Change?

Beadie Finzi knows all about the power of documentary film—she was inspired to take up a camera after a single viewing of “Hoop Dreams.” In 2005, she and three collaborators began to empower filmmakers worldwide through the organization they founded, Britdoc. Today, BRITDOC is front and center in the debate over how to measure film’s impact. Says Finzi: “It’s up to us to create the kind of future we want. … It’s up to us to come up with smarter paradigms.”

Beadie Finzi knows all about the power of documentaries—through BRITDOC, the film-nurturing organization she co-founded a decade ago, she had a hand in this year's Documentary Feature Oscar winner, "CITIZENFOUR," and in another nominee, "Virunga." But filmmakers don't have to reach the red carpet to…

"What is truth? Photography certainly isn’t. Photography is artifice. We can underexpose and overexpose the same image...
02/18/2015
Debating the Rules and Ethics of Digital Photojournalism - NYTimes.com

"What is truth? Photography certainly isn’t. Photography is artifice. We can underexpose and overexpose the same image, neither version is “true” or “untrue” — it is just a different interpretation of the world in front of us."

The New York Times explores the debate of rules and ethics in digital #photojournalism.

Slide Show | Debating the Rules and Ethics of Digital Photojournalism The disqualification of a large number of images from this year's World Press Photo contest has sparked a debate over the need for more explicit rules on what is — and is not — acceptable in digital photography.

A massive congratulations to Ochre friends Pete Muller and Ami Vitale for their accomplishments in this year's World Pre...
02/14/2015
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A massive congratulations to Ochre friends Pete Muller and Ami Vitale for their accomplishments in this year's World Press Photo Contest! See all the remarkable work.

A young girl was wounded during clashes between riot police and protestors after the funeral of Berkin Elvan, a 15-year-old boy who died from injuries suffered during anti-government protests. View. Beach Casualties. Tyler Hicks. Spot News. 2nd prize. singles. Beach Casualties. Tyler Hicks ...

New from Ochre: 'You Become a Witness’— Nonny de la Peña’s Immersive JournalismNext time you hear a news story fo...
01/26/2015
‘You Become a Witness’— Nonny de la Peña’s Immersive Journalism

New from Ochre: 'You Become a Witness’— Nonny de la Peña’s Immersive Journalism

Next time you hear a news story for the first time, imagine journalism that can put you right into the center of events, enough so that you experience them at the most visceral level. Now step out of your imagination, behind a pair of virtual reality goggles, and into the world of Nonny de la Peña.

Next time you hear a news story for the first time, imagine journalism that can put you right into the center of events, enough so that you experience them at the most visceral level. Now step out of your imagination, behind a pair of virtual reality goggles, and into the world of Nonny de la Peña.

When #Ebola started ravaging #Liberia last summer, Thomas Karyah wanted to help in the only way he knew how: through tec...
12/11/2014
EbolaInLiberia.org: A Data Solution to a 'Do-or-Die Situation'

When #Ebola started ravaging #Liberia last summer, Thomas Karyah wanted to help in the only way he knew how: through technology.

Read the latest from Ochre on using data visualization to make a positive impact in a do-or-die situation.

When Ebola began ravaging his country, Liberian Thomas Karyah wanted to help in the only way he knew how: through technology. He asked for assistance, and within weeks a volunteer team led by Syracuse University professor Ken Harper launched an online hub for Ebola outbreak data. Despite setbacks, the team continues, believing that even small, incremental steps are worth taking.

World Press Photo
11/25/2014

World Press Photo

What is current practice, and what are the accepted standards internationally, when it comes to the manipulation of still images in photojournalism? Dr. David Campbell's research on “The Integrity of the Image” is now available: http://bit.ly/1AH40sY

Use maps as a storytelling tool to create an immersive experience for your audience.Journalism.co.uk shares 9 free mappi...
11/18/2014
9 free mapping tools and resources for visual storytelling

Use maps as a storytelling tool to create an immersive experience for your audience.

Journalism.co.uk shares 9 free mapping tools and resources for visual storytelling.

Use maps as a storytelling tool to explain context around a breaking news event and create an immersive experience for your audience

Event: How to Freelance SafelyFor those in London, join this The Frontline Club event tomorrow, chaired by Vaughan Smith...
11/17/2014
How to Freelance Safely – Part Two | Frontline Club London

Event: How to Freelance Safely

For those in London, join this The Frontline Club event tomorrow, chaired by Vaughan Smith and featuring David Williams, deputy global news editor at Agence France-Presse, Marcus Mabry, editor at large of The New York Times and president of the Overseas Press Club of America (OPC), Ben De Pear, editor of Channel 4 News and member of the board of trustees for Rory Peck Trust and independent multimedia journalist Emma Beals.

The brutal murders of James Foley and Steven Sotloff have again brought to the fore the dangers that front-line journalists face. With freelancers being relied upon more and more, it is imperative that they have the resources and training to protect themselves, as well as to help them get the story.

What does West Africa's Ebola epidemic have in common with war for photographers Pete Muller & Glenna Gordon? A strong p...
11/11/2014
Hot Point: How Photographers shoot Ebola in Africa - Bird In Flight

What does West Africa's Ebola epidemic have in common with war for photographers Pete Muller & Glenna Gordon? A strong piece by Bird In Flight explores the safety risks and challenges while shooting in West Africa and Liberia as well as their take on Western media's coverage of the virus.

What does epidemy has in common with war, how western world's panic influences the fight agains virus and what is the danger behind protective suits.

11/10/2014
The Rory Peck Awards 2014, sponsored by Sony

The Rory Peck Awards - winners announced Wednesday November 19th.

In line with our most recent piece highlighting safety in journalism, we hope you'll follow the Rory Peck Awards as they honor the work of freelance cameramen and women in news and current affairs who work independently covering stories in many of the globe's most difficult regions.

The Rory Peck Awards will be held on Wednesday 19 November at London's BFI Southbank.

Balint Szlanko knows exactly how lucky he is.Kidnapped and released in Syria, he shares how being prepared helped save h...
11/07/2014

Balint Szlanko knows exactly how lucky he is.

Kidnapped and released in Syria, he shares how being prepared helped save his life in Ochre's latest piece.

Read and share with us your thoughts: http://bit.ly/riskgap

NEW ON OCHRE: The world is becoming a much more dangerous place to be a journalist. And with increasingly more freelance...
11/04/2014

NEW ON OCHRE: The world is becoming a much more dangerous place to be a journalist. And with increasingly more freelancers on the front lines, the risks are higher than ever before.

This month's Ochre piece explores Safety in #Journalism: Closing the Risk Gap.

Read the piece: http://bit.ly/1xU2zTp

Image © Javier Manzano

Coming Tuesday: Ochre delves into Safety in Journalism: Closing the Risk Gap.
11/01/2014

Coming Tuesday: Ochre delves into Safety in Journalism: Closing the Risk Gap.

"What I wanted to do is really not to have the multimedia as the cherry on the cake, but part of the cake itself,” say...
10/14/2014
Human Rights Watch: Driving Change, Visually

"What I wanted to do is really not to have the multimedia as the cherry on the cake, but part of the cake itself,” says Pierre Bairin, Human Rights Watch director of multimedia, in Ochre's latest interview. A generation into the Internet age, as many nonprofits struggle with multimedia, learn how HRW is an exemplar.

A generation into the Internet age, as many nonprofits struggle with multimedia, Human Rights Watch is an exemplar. Employing some of the world's best visual journalists, HRW now produces some 60 videos each year. The result: a more compelling argument for change.

"I started to understand that there was a real urgency and that there was a lack of awareness... that in some regions of...
09/09/2014
Photographer Kadir van Lohuizen: When Paradise Becomes Hell

"I started to understand that there was a real urgency and that there was a lack of awareness... that in some regions of the world it is happening right now." In the latest Ochre story, Kadir van Lohuizen discusses what changed his thinking on climate issues, his pessimism about the future, the sacrifices today’s photojournalists must make, and when to take calculated risks for story.

After an eye-opening trip to Bangladesh, where he met families being torn apart by climate migration, Kadir van Lohuizen began a self-assigned trip that would take him around the world in an effort to expose the effects of rising sea levels. Kadir discusses what changed his thinking on climate issue…

In our latest story "Safeguarding Truth in Photojournalism: Ami Vitale’s Survival Guide," Ami shares her uphill battle...
08/13/2014
Safeguarding Truth in Photojournalism: Ami Vitale’s Survival Guide

In our latest story "Safeguarding Truth in Photojournalism: Ami Vitale’s Survival Guide," Ami shares her uphill battle to reclaim her work and the survival skills every photographer should know.

After nearly 20 years of award-winning reporting around the world, Ami Vitale came to the brink of leaving photojournalism over a tweet. Through her experience corralling a misappropriated image gone viral, Ami reminds us that today's photographer must be business savvy, ethical and legally informed…

"Everybody from a rice farmer in China to Barack Obama and all the people related to them—men and women alike—can re...
07/23/2014
Photographer Pete Muller: Encouraging Men ‘To Be Better than We’ve Been’

"Everybody from a rice farmer in China to Barack Obama and all the people related to them—men and women alike—can relate to this issue." In an interview with Ochre, photographer Pete Muller (Pete Muller Photography) opens up about his personal drive to understand male gender roles and power dynamics, the challenges of visual storytelling, and what brought him from tending bar in Washington, DC, to documenting conflict in Africa.

The biggest show of photographer Pete Muller's life culminated in a collection of work that chronicled the intricacies of war, sexual violence and resilience in DR Congo. In an interview with Ochre, Pete opened up about his drive to understand male gender roles and power dynamics, the challenges of visual storytelling, and what brought him from tending bar in Washington, DC, to documenting conflicts in Africa.

Thanks to UNC J-School for featuring our latest story— "University v. Industry: Who Leads?"—on their homepage.  http...
07/18/2014
UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Thanks to UNC J-School for featuring our latest story— "University v. Industry: Who Leads?"—on their homepage. http://bit.ly/1qOGAtV

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A New Way to Talk About Poverty in Troy, New York
07/18/2014
A New Way to Talk About Poverty in Troy, New York

A New Way to Talk About Poverty in Troy, New York

Brenda Ann Kenneally takes photographs, but to call her a photographer isn’t quite accurate. She prefers the term “digital folk artist,” and when you hear how she interacts with her subjects—families living below the poverty line in Troy, New York—and tells their stories, it seems an apt description. Kenneally doesn’t...

"Even after I was accepted into five competitive programs, the question kept popping up: Is it worth it?" — JoAnna Kle...
07/09/2014

"Even after I was accepted into five competitive programs, the question kept popping up: Is it worth it?" — JoAnna Klein on journalism school http://bit.ly/1rM4RnK

"The right schools, the right programs, the right teachers, teach you convention, but then they challenge you to push yo...
07/08/2014

"The right schools, the right programs, the right teachers, teach you convention, but then they challenge you to push your boundaries." —Josh Davis on visual journalism http://bit.ly/1rM4RnK

How do we find the work we love? Ochre interviews award-winning, multimedia producer Josh Davis to answer the question o...
07/08/2014
University v. Industry: Who Leads?

How do we find the work we love? Ochre interviews award-winning, multimedia producer Josh Davis to answer the question of who leads the way: J-schools or the journalism industry?

Can universities keep up with a fast-changing industry? Josh Davis has harnessed opportunities in both academic and real-world settings to create award-winning interactive documentaries. Through the lens of his experience working on Powering a Nation’s “100 Gallons” and NPR’s "Planet Money Makes a T-shirt” he discusses who really leads.

"Hashtags don’t create movements. People who care do. So we’re starting with those people who care.” Andrew DeViga...
06/18/2014
Hashtags Don’t Make Movements, People Do

"Hashtags don’t create movements. People who care do. So we’re starting with those people who care.” Andrew DeVigal on his recent venture, HARVIS. Read the full story on Ochre.

Andrew DeVigal and Laura Lo Forti started their company, A Fourth Act, to build community around story. With HARVIS, a new mobile web application, they bring people together in physical space to share their own stories and solve their own problems. Combining analog with digital, they redefine engage…

"I witness the pain of bringing story to life, most of the time a story that they’ve been keeping inside for too long....
06/17/2014

"I witness the pain of bringing story to life, most of the time a story that they’ve been keeping inside for too long. It’s an intimate and emotional experience, and I feel privileged to be a part of it." — Laura Lo Forti on life as a story midwife. Read the full story today. http://bit.ly/1vH9i2J

Get to know the Ochre staff. Who are they? What brought them to storytelling? What's going on in the industry and why do...
06/17/2014
The Story of Ochre

Get to know the Ochre staff. Who are they? What brought them to storytelling? What's going on in the industry and why do we need Ochre?

With an industry in flux, opportunities to innovate are expanding rapidly. Ochre is here to celebrate the storytellers and tools behind some of the smartest projects to shake up our community. Blue Chalk CEO and founder Greg Moyer introduces Ochre's mission and editorial team.

June 17 has finally come. Ochre is live! Check out our first two stories, sign up for your free subscription and join th...
06/17/2014
Ochre

June 17 has finally come. Ochre is live! Check out our first two stories, sign up for your free subscription and join the conversation at http://www.ochre.is

Ochre is a digital journal published bimonthly by Blue Chalk Media. Written and edited by the Blue Chalk team, it presents stories about changes in the visual storytelling industry.

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06/17/2014

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05/23/2014

Happy Memorial Day weekend. Take time to relax and remember, ochre.is/comingsoon.

On June 17 Ochre invites you to join a community of visual storytellers interested in the things that affect a quickly c...
05/22/2014

On June 17 Ochre invites you to join a community of visual storytellers interested in the things that affect a quickly changing industry. Over at Blue Chalk Media, they've been talking about the industry, tools and inspiration that fuels their work in the office and now they're bringing it out to you. Will you be there?

The folks at Blue Chalk Media are talking about changes in visual storytelling, and they're inviting you to join the con...
05/21/2014

The folks at Blue Chalk Media are talking about changes in visual storytelling, and they're inviting you to join the conversation. So will you? It all starts on Ochre, June 17.

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