Adopt a Multimedia Journalist: Yoon Byun

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This video is a 10 minute piece on the shooting for Nicholas Davis that was shot and killed in his own neighborhood. The video was filmed by three different multimedia journalists, but lists Yoon as the top videographer.

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This video is about Cambridge Community television turning 25 years old.

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“Kite boarders bring high speeds to Martha’s Vineyard”

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This video is about the hardships that are never ending in Haiti, and the great struggles of being handicapped in that area.

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A healthy food bus rolls into Boston to feed fruits and vegetables to families that would have less access to these foods if the food bus was not around.

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Dogs make Christmas ornaments for their “dog friends.”

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Teenage boys discuss the reasons why jail time for sagging pants is a bad idea.

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This video is about a new fly larva that is causing issues for blueberry farmers. The Spotted wing drosophila is laying eggs inside of blueberries.

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This video is a soundslide of men on a Rugby game talking about the camaraderie that comes from being on the team, and doing it in Boston.


It is said on Byun’s personal photography site that “Yoon is the Photo Editor at the Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram. He also works as an editorial and commercial photographer and videographer.”

All the work I have showed here today was work he produced while being a staff photographer for The Boston Globe. Yoon graduated from Ohio University with an M.A. in Photography and a B.A. in Journalism from New York University. Yoon also won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for coverage that he did during the Boston Marathon Bombings.

I chose Yoon Byun as my multimedia journalist because of his ability to capture emotion within the first video about Nicholas Davis. Shoot video of a family for two years just to get one video is extremely good journalism, and capturing the detail within all of that footage for two years is amazing to me.

Within the first few minutes of the video, the B-roll shots were moving quite quickly, and matching up with the music playing in the background which gave the video a fast paced feel, even though it was ten minutes long.

During the dog video, I could tell that Yoon worked very hard to make the video visually interesting by coming up with as many angles as he could from the same subject. All but the first video are about one minute in length, which means he had to take his time in many awkward positions to get all of the video, especially the shot of the dog food within the ornament itself.

What I don’t necessarily like about Yoon’s work is that at the end of some of the videos, I don’t like the way that he cut his sound. Normally you can find a clean break away from someone’s words, or fade find a way to fade the sound out to the end. On some of the videos the sound just abruptly stops.

Most of all, I like how Yoon Byun focuses on the details within his videos. From a photographer’s perspective, I like how he gets “detail shots.” He pays attention to the small things, like tears running down a persons cheek, to the reflection in a mirror, to a close up of someone’s hand, and the paint left over on the dogs nose after rolling it around in paint. Not only did he get the leftover paint, he even zoomed in on the paint to show that it was child safe, showing that it was safe paint for the animals to be using.

In the end, Yoon Byun is a very well versed photojournalist as well as multimedia journalist who has covered hard events from 9/11 to the Boston Bombing to events such as blueberry picking and Boston Rugby players. Throughout all of his work no matter what it is, he makes it interesting with fast moving b-roll, close up faces, detail shots, and still images within the video. I plan on following his work into the future to use some of his techniques in my own work.



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