Who He Is:
The Multimedia journalist I chose to write about is Brett Roegiers. He currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia. After bouncing around several newspapers serving as a web/online producer and managing editor at publications in Florida, he got a job at CNN and hasn’t looked back since.
He is the current photo editor for CNN and was nominated for a Webby Award this year for his work in “50 Spots in 50 States: Natural Wonders.” He started CNN’s blog, which uses Word Press; he has written many articles covering a vast array of topics, from underground rock bands, childhood photographers, to global warming.
Roegiers is a good example of not only a good multimedia journalist, but a good well rounded journalist in general. He has a lot of different stories under his belt and covered them all well. He also has used what he has learned from his time at the University of Florida to become an award nominated journalist, which is a big feat.
Roegiers got his start while he was in college at the University of Arizona, where he made an online portfolio for his stories and pictures. He also used it as a storage space for the stories he wrote for his internship.
He is very good professionally at writing and blogging, as he was the person to introduce the CNN Blog to the masses. He won an award in 2012 for having the best photojournalism website, being CNN’s photography blog.
Roegiers has received nominations for his own work such as a Webby Award in the photography category for his work in the photo essay “50 Spots in 5o States: Natural Wonders.” He won an award in 2012 NPPA Awards for his photo of an old couple sitting in their home.
Roegiers subject matter tends to focus on natural beauty, be it a couple staring at an old photo of themselves, a singer in a rock band getting a sweaty club hyped up, or the classic beauty of nature. He gets intimate with his interviews in a way that is surprising for a journalist who gets his recognition through his use of a computer. There is an example of this where he writes an article about a girl names Alyssa who suffers from a birth defect but fights through it to be as close to normal as possible. The story within itself is touching, but the way that Roegiers gets down to the emotional level to where you feel Alyssa is your own sibling, and you keep willing her forward. His use of photography wraps the piece up in a bow with Alyssa leaning back in her wheelchair and soaking in some sun, making her seem more majestic.
He is constantly trying to make himself better in every possible way, just like anyone who is dedicated to their craft should. He has a way of connecting to people with photography, and his writing. He brought blogging to one of the biggest news organizations in the world, and got them awards because of it. He has also gotten himself nominated for awards on his own projects. Brett Roegiers is a fantastic example of a multimedia journalist in this regard with his ingenuity, vision and overall journalistic ability.
Examples of Work:
For the first two screenshots, Roegiers wrote this article on vegan eating on a blog and used visuals including photos and a slideshow to highlight vegan eating in an office setting. I like how he uses different photos in order to highlight his points on vegan eating and how it is functional in this setting. The sidebar holds related articles involving vegan eating so other people can go and continue educating themselves on this lifestyle.
This Screen is about the Webby award nominated project about nature. It is also a series of essays from the staff of CNN on their favorite aspects of each of the 50 states. Roegiers was the photo editor of this project. The project itself is on the next couple of screens.
Much like the project involving the vegan meals, this piece uses graphics, text and related stories. Notice how this project allows for social media sharing, so that people in all 50 states can enjoy the beauty of their own state and the beauty of the other ones in the Union. Also the stories pertain to the state that is being displayed, for instance, A picture of a field in Maryland would be present and next to it would be a link to CNN coverage of the Riots in Baltimore.
The project has links embedded in a lot of the paragraphs, if the topic has a website like national parks and forest preserves would.
In this screen, A man and woman are holding onto each other while a younger version of themselves is projected onto the wall, This is using visuals well to tell the entire story, of a man and woman reminiscing about when they were young and in love.
This is another great example of what was mentioned above. This is a screenshot of the Alyssa story. Notice how the photo immediately grabs the attention of the reader and has the story itself to explain who the girl is and why she is getting written about. Also, it is possible to share this story and attach comments at the bottom for everyone to see.
Lastly, there is the page that started it all. This screenshot is of an assignment that is similar to the other project we are doing in class as part of the final. It contains links to other stories, photos, and writing. It is designed and separated into tabs so everything is packed away neatly and is presentable. Roegiers posted his early stories and photos in here.