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POH SI TENG

1. Stalking a Python – New York Times

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http://www.nytimes.com/video/2013/01/23/us/100000002013889/stalking-a-python.html?smid=pl-share

In this project, Teng followed python hunters around on their journey capturing burmese pythons. She used b-roll clips as well as interviews with the hunters and their family.  She got close-ups of the snakes while they are being caught and being put in pillow cases. She also used voice overs to narrate some of the action going on during the b-roll.

2. India’s missing girls: Can a portable ultrasound ban stop sex-selective abortions? – Global Post

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http://www.pohsiteng.com/indias-missing-girls-can-a-ban-on-portable-ultrasounds-stop-sex-selective-abortions/

Teng narrates and explains the background information to this story through voice overs while b-roll is playing. She also explains that one of the women being interviewed denied things on camera that she admitted to while talking with her. There are a lot of translations into subtitles throughout the whole piece. She interviewed both doctors and common people that both have experience with the sex-selective abortions. She shows detail shots of the doctors office and b-roll of young girls.

3. Who Killed the Doctors? – New York Times

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Who Killed the Doctors?

Teng uses b-roll shots while narrating with background information on the death of the doctors. The family of the doctors are interviewed and english voice overs cover them talking in their language. She also interviewed other workers that worked in the clinics the killed doctors worked in.

4. Indian Wedding Band Blues – New York Times

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Indian Wedding Band Blues

Teng used voiceovers while showing b-roll of the band going by explaining what the purpose of Indian wedding bands is. She interviewed people who like the music that the wedding bands play and a band master. She shows b-roll of the homes of the band members.  There are detail shots of members of one of the bands playing their instruments and interviews with them.

5. Scripture and Cheesecake – New York Times

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http://www.nytimes.com/video/2013/03/12/dining/100000002113326/scripture-and-cheesecake.html?smid=pl-share

Teng begins this story with detail shots of cheesecake being made and the nuns singing. One of the nuns explains where they are and why the nuns make the cheesecake. Pictures of when they originally started making the cheesecakes are shown. There are detail shots of the nuns making a bunch of cheesecakes and then the finished cheesecakes.

6. Monkey Patrol in Delhi

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Monkey Patrol in Delhi

This story starts off with the monkey’s owner explaining what the monkey does and shows b-roll of the monkey scaring the other monkeys. The owner explains his relationship with the monkey and what they do each day. The whole video has subtitles. B-roll of the monkey and the owner walking through the streets show while the owner talks about their job.

7. Muslim Girls Box Their Way Out of Poverty – Wall Street Journal

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http://www.pohsiteng.com/muslim-girls-box-their-way-out-of-poverty/

Teng narrates the details on Muslim girl boxing on voice over while b-roll of muslim girls boxing is being shown. There are detail shots of the boxing coach and the boxers. While Teng narrates the gender roles in India, b-roll of Muslim girls doing more girly things shows. Girl boxers and the coach are interviewed and translation voice overs play while she is speaking.

8. Pecah Lobang (Busted): Muslim Transsexual Sex Workers in Malaysia Part 1 – Documentary

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Pecah Lobang (Busted): Muslim Transsexual Sex Workers in Malaysia

This story is different from the others because it is a documentary. The beginning is all b-roll and detail shots while music plays. The transsexual girls narrate what it means to them to be transsexual and how they live their lives. Old pictures of the girls as boys in their past are shown while voice overs play. Conversations between different transsexuals discussing their lives are shown. A beauty pageant for transsexuals is explored and contestants in the pageant are interviewed.

9. Austerity Plan in Greece Passes Amid Violent Protests

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Austerity Plan in Greece Passes Amid Violent Protests

B-roll of police throwing smoke bombs in the street and people yelling at each other show.  A reporter named Rachel Donadio explains what the protests are all about.  People involved in the protests are interviewed.  B-roll of tear gas being thrown into large crowds is shown. People of the crowd wearing special protection are shown while the reporter narrates what they are. The room in which the votes that made the people so mad were made is shown while the reporter goes over what the decision was.

10. India’s Poor Struggle for Shelter – New York Times

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India’s Poor Struggle for Shelter

Teng narrates the situation being shown in the b-roll of a crowd around a fallen building. Survivors were interviewed and translated. Detail shots of their injuries were shown. B-roll of pictures of victims up on a wall is shown. B-roll of other unsafe buildings in the are are shown while Teng narrates about the situation. A social activist is interviewed and translated.

CRITIQUE

Po Si Teng demonstrates all things that I think a good multimedia journalist should demonstrate in her work.  She keeps it simple but everything is straight and to the point.  She is first off a journalist and that shows in her video stories through the answers and information she gets from the people she is speaking with and interviewing.

It is clear that she has done her research and has obtained knowledge of the subject that she is going to be doing the story on before she begins because she seems to already know what information she is going to try and get from the people and places that she comes across while working on her story.

One thing that I really like about Teng’s work is that she often starts a video story off with showing b-roll of the people or the place that she is doing the story on and does voiceovers explaining background information on what we are about to watch.  She’ll explain why the people are doing what they are doing or what place we are looking at and I think that it makes the story more valuable because before it jumps into interviews or people talking, it gets you ready for what you are about to see.

Teng does a lot of foreign work so a lot of the time when people are being interviewed and are answering questions a translation voiceover will play what they are saying in English.  I think that this shows that she is willing to put in more work than journalists who only do American journalism.  It would take time to find a translator to translate her questions and the answers and be recorded.

Teng always has the name of the person being interviewed and their title pop up in the bottom corner of the screen, which is helpful to know who you are listening to.

Most of Teng’s stories have conversations between two or more people discussing the subject that the story is on, which is a nice change of pace from either her narrating what is being shown or someone talking into the camera asking questions.  I really like that she can get the people strike up conversations about the particular topic because it shows her skill as a journalist and it also is sometimes more interesting and personal to listen to a conversation between people who are being featured in the story than the normal question-answer platform.

Teng seems to be a very experienced multimedia journalist who puts herself out there and gets the details about what she is covering.  All of the editing in the videos is unnoticeable and has smooth transitions.  She alternates between shots of the big picture, closer shots and detail shots, which makes watching her videos more interesting and keeps the attention of the viewer.  Teng is someone who knows what she is doing on both the journalist level and the multimedia level.  I enjoy her work and think that she is a well established multimedia journalist.

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