Photojournalistic Storytelling

Storytelling has been a way that people share cultural and experiences throughout history. Previously, storytelling was passed down orally, through images, and books.  In this new digital age, storytelling is changing rapidly. Now, photojournalism storytelling has become a transforming way to tell and hear stories. Below, I am going to share with you some of the examples I found of photojournalism that have been successful and well written.


  1. Loosing Ground 

One example of photojournalism that was able to tell a story was “Loosing Ground.” This journalism project told the story of how in the past 80 years, 2,000 miles of coastal landscape has turned into open water. This has caused entire towns to be wiped off of maps, and the Gulf of Mexico moved near New Orleans. This was problematic because it caused a threat to a shipping and energy corridor that was vital to the nation economically.  One way they do this is through the use of satellite imagery on an interactive map. It also used interactive timelines that describe what happened during each year. Lastly, the ability to switch back and forth between a map before and after is helpful for people to understand the impact that took place. Mixed together with personal stories from people who live in the area, they were able to beautifully create a story of what is happening in New Orleans.


2. Freddie Gray Death

The Baltimore Sun released a photojournalism article discussing the 45-minute mystery of Freddie Gray’s Death.

This story took national news by storm, due to the puzzling circumstances that happened leading right up to his death. While this was covered on many media outlets, the Baltimore Sun was able to report the story in a different way. Through a simple yet effective timeline along with moving videos and a map with the location of Gray leading up to his death, the story was able to be chronicled in a visually pleasing way.
Exodus, released by the Washington Post, describes one family’s journey on the ‘Black Route’ as refugees in Europe. They are escaping from Aleppo to Austria. Through the use of large, compelling images of people, they are able to tell the story. Additionally, there is interactive maps used to show the journey they took while you are reading along with the story.
This story, by Reveal, discusses how California strawberry farms use a pesticide called fumigants on their fruit. This pesticide has been linked to cancer, ozone depletion, and developmental problems. Being a huge health risk to many people, this story is important to tell. Through the use of chapters and a video, they are able to tell their story.

Additionally, they have a data app that lets people find out if they are near the areas that use pesticides. This is very effective because it not only is sharing the story, it is helping people who may be at risk prevent themselves from harm.


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