Public Media Scan: Uncool Cats

A few weeks ago, the Scan pointed toward "Harvest of Change," an interactive sort-of game/sort-of documentary produced by The Des Moines Register. You can play it on desktop, but the blow-your-mind experience comes with an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.

This week, things went the opposite direction, looking at the possibility of a similar style of choose-your-own-adventure, first-person documentary using the ultrasimple Twine game development program. (So user-friendly that even your humble correspondent had no trouble trying it out.)

Audio ethics: Are you 'fooling listeners'?

Editor’s note: How real does reality need to be? How much editing is too much? Must a producer use only sound recorded on site, in the moment a story occurs or is reported? Are journalism and documentary bound by the same ethics?

Those questions emerged the “Journalism and Storytelling: Frenemies?” session at the 2014 Third Coast Conference in Chicago, one of this year’s first and most discussed panels. (You can find the audio here.)

Public Media Scan: Get Us Talking

The Public Media Scan is mostly about multimedia projects -- work that illustrates our colleagues' explorations at the boundaries of craft, creativity or technology.

But every now and then, the boundaries are expressed in a more traditional form -- like Melody Kramer's essay investigating what it means to be a member of a public media station, one of the most popular things we've shared on the Scan. This week, one of the three spots goes to an essay that follows up on Third Coast International Audio Festival's conference last week.