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Chiloe’ Stories

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By: Rich Beckman, University of North Carolina
Project type: Web

Chiloe’ Stories was proposed to the Archive by Karen Kocher


Chiloe is an archipelago south of Santiago, Chile, populated by farmers, fishermen and craftsman. University of North Carolina photojournalism students captured the life and culture of this colorful island community in a series of narrated photo essays (which can be viewed as silent slideshows or with audio). Chile plans to celebrate its bicentennial in 2010 by building the longest bridge in Latin America, joining Chiloe to the mainland. Will this destroy the island’s culture and tax its natural resources, or will the bridge be the key to the island’s economic future? These photo and video essays showcase personal stories of a life that reflects long standing traditions as well as recent cultural and economic developments. They are stories about a way of life that may soon disappear, and are therefore an important record of our time. The text is offered in both English and Spanish, and the Spanish audio is similarly presented in English as well.

Chiloé Stories is a Documentary Multimedia Journalism project by the Visual Communication Department of theSchool of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in partnership with the University of the Andes in Santiago, Chile.
Yahoo Site of the Day, August 6, (2004)
First, Online News Association Best Student Online Journalism (2003-2004)
First Place, Multimedia, Independent, Best of Photojournalism (2005)
Second, Multimedia, Independent, Pictures of the Year International, (2005)
Gold Medal, SNDies Awards, Society of News Design (2005)

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My comments:

Chiloe’ Stories is a good example of clean and effective online videojournalism. The aim of this project is not to use groundbreaking interactivity, but to use digital media effectively to portray the life in some remote islands – a lifestyle  that may change very soon. In this sense I think this project is very successful: it mixes photojournalism with video journalism, it uses graphics and text for the subjects that are more historical… in other words it uses the correct type of media for each type of information. The navigation is clean and easy and the content is wide enough so that one has the feeling of learning something.

A good example of educational material, and a sweet mosaic of lifes and issues that uses multimedia efficiently.

Have a look to Gaza-Sderot: life inspite of everything for an attempt of videojournalism in Palestine and Israel (2008) – but especially have a look to Big stories small town: a very similar project to Chiloe’ Stories (but done in 2008 in Australia).

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