Journalism and Multimedia – when art can be made

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In high school I chose Multimedia, the reason why is because I believed that we need evolution in the way the technological world communicates with people. After three years I still believe that multimedia can join different areas we deal with every day. One of that areas is journalism, how amazing will be if we develop multimedia in a way we could have Journalism Revolution?

Most of us believe that we will be – somehow – replaced by machines in different work areas. The most efficient way to stop that from happen is to find a way where people and technology mix and the result is unbeatable. This revolution must show that machines without people can’t be great and that people without machines can’t deliver fast information.

The way multimedia and journalism work together bring online readers the sensation of being part of the article or the news they are reading. We have videos that make us feel close to reality and photos that make people cry and feel empathy for what is going on in the other side of the world. One of the most recent progresses was the possibility of watch videos and imagens posted on Facebook in 3D. Suddenly we are in the oceans’ bottom watching sharks or in the top of Everest, without moving from our chair. It’s easy now to explore the world, there are people who choose traveling and be there physically but not everybody has the same economic or healthy chance so multimedia mixed with different areas of journalism is providing a way to deliver information and knowledge to every single person.

As journalists we know that not always a picture is worth a thousand words but if we can mix pictures with words we will produce an amazing work, the same with video and audio, bringing news and opinion’s articles to life, recording political corruption or a funny mistake that a celebrity said. We are making the world of news immortal and at the same time it is coming like fast fashion – so much online reading and a huge lack of knowledge when we talk about people’s skills to choose true information or evaluate where it come from and if the sources are trusty. These are issues we need to focus if we want to continue grow fast information.

The decision I made in high school was helpful for me and for my future job as a journalist, I really wish that everybody look at the technology development as a different and dynamic work’s skill. Information is delivered faster than before and people keep receiving news from worldwide without a big effort. We shouldn’t be against the changes that are happening, instead we should take the opportunity to explore them and innovate how people will get information. Journalists do a great job investigating and working with words but the challenge now is how can the conciliate that with multimedia. The journalism’s future is big and maybe one day we can in fact see news and multimedia’s projection mixing – and art can be made.

Reproductive Rights Action

In East London are based some brilliant feminist projects like Feminist Fightback. One of the things that make them get physical together is for Reproductive Rights Actions that means stopping extremist religious people from going to abortion clinics and yell to women and men who is going inside.

You can find there rrriot music and parents dancing with kids in front of the churches where extremist religious groups meet to go yell and shame people in abortion clinics are, music is the feminist gun.

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Father and his child. Father is   holding a activist placard. – Credit: Marta Guerreiro       
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Feminist person making noise, in the background is a religious figure being hold by the church’s group. – Credit: Marta Guerreiro
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An activist playing flute and a religious figure in the background. – Credit:  Marta Guerreiro
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Feminist speaking with the Church’s                   responsible while he is praying.                             – Credit: Marta Guerreiro
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Family dancing while a Policeman is staring them. – Credit: Marta Guerreiro                                                                                                     

Feminism in East London

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When you start educating yourself about feminism one of the first things you do is meet with feminist people and have nice chats with them. Most of the young people idealize feminists as really young too, but when you go to the “field” you surprisingly find people from 10 years old to 99 years old, straight monogamous families and even religious people. The reason why most of the people think there is just young ones and non-traditional people is because social media makes feminism a trending rebel movement instead of a movement that exists for a long time and helped us to have some actual rights.

In East London are based some brilliant feminist projects like Feminist Fightback and also amazing activist people. One of the things that make them get physical together is Reproductive Rights Action, basically is to stop extremist religious people from going to abortion clinics and scream horrible things to the women and men who is going inside. They have meetings with nice literature, poetry and outflow in a safe space. More recently their work against Jack the Ripper museum in East London was tireless, in the feminist point of view such serial killer shouldn’t have a place that looks like a memorial when in fact he killed a lot of women in East London.

1438715014-protests-outside-newly-opened-jack-the-ripper-museum-in-london_8252362Protests outside newly opened Jack the Ripper Museum in London in August. (Image: Demotix/Guy Corbishley)

Here in East London we can also find the East End Women’s Museum, it aim is to “represent and amplify women’s histories from the East End” as we can see on their website. The Feminist Fightback used to have a Walking Tour to explore Sylvia Pankhurst and the radical women of East London. At the moment they organize cinema nights, rrriot dancing time and obviously a network of support and information for victims based wherever in London. These are non profit projects, therefore, everything that’s is done is exclusively with participants’ donations and their belief that this network of support and rights worth their help either economically speaking or by their presence and continue management of free-time to create events.

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Protest against Jack the Ripper museum in Cable Street | London News Pictures ©under licence to London News Pictures

In feminist groups’ actions against extremist groups, rape or sexist society they choose to use words, music, and body art or even poetry instead of violence. You can find rrriot music, parents dancing with kids in front of the churches where people that will try to silent people in abortion clinics are, words written on their bodies, tape in their mouth, red paint pretending is blood among so many other things. Once again, the idea of violence in feminist groups is the result of the media and the selected news that goes worldwide. Like other groups you can find extremism in feminism but in East London that’s not anyone’s memory.

In East London we can find a lot of feminism history as a proper movement, women amazing work or even women terrible endings as the Jack the Ripper’s victims. This part of London doesn’t show how much impact it has in women liberation or in women fights when you walk silent in the streets but it certainly has and will continue to have as long as we support equality.