What Do Joseph Pulitzer, Walter Cronkite, and Barbara Walters Have In Common?
(I know this sounds like a bad journalism joke, but I promise it isn't!)
For starters they all are or were influential journalists for their time. But beyond that, they're all people and people serve as the basis for journalism. Without people, there would be no one to tell the stories. More importantly, without people there would be no stories to tell.
Storytelling In a Multimedia Technology Driven World
Today's world is run on smartphones and tablets. According to the American Press Institute's website, seventy-eight percent of smartphone owners report using their devices to get the news. In addition, seventy-three percent of tablet owners use their tablets to stay on top of the latest information.
Consumers want the news in the fastest way possible, which most of the time ends up being found on the tips of their fingers. While there is no doubt this is great for consumers, many people don't realize that it can also be beneficial for journalists.
Parvez Sharma: Documenting Real Life in Real Time
Parvez Sharma is perhaps most well known for his 2007 documentary A Jihad for Love, which documented the lives of gay and lesbian muslims. The filmmaker released a new documentary entitled A Sinner in Mecca in 2015. This story chronicles Sharma's own personal hajj.
A hajj is a pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca. Every adult Muslim is expected to make at least one in his or her lifetime.
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