On a recent Saturday morning, I made my way to Milwaukee's Mitchell Park Domes for another opportunity to test Snapchat as a way to report a story. The event was a "Black and Brown Unity Ride" organized by Red Bike & Green.
Round two of Snapchat journalism built off the lessons of my first attempt. I was more cognizant of capturing live video, as well as having the pictures work together to tell a story. In my first trial, the various elements felt disjointed.
Similar to last time, I promoted the endeavor through Twitter.
A challenge was, again, handling Snapchat on top of taking pictures and recording interviews for Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service. It was also difficult to determine whether it was necessary to include more background information about Red Bike & Green before showing the event live, or if the format of explaining the group's mission in a closing stand-up worked better.
The other problem, sadly, was that I do not own a bike. This story would have been perfect for experiential journalism but I was unable to ride along with the group. I will take it as a sign to invest in some pedal-powered transportation.
What did you think? What worked and what did not? I would love to hear from you! Leave a comment below, or connect with me on Twitter or LinkedIn.
A chance to see the world from the perspective of a 6-foot-2, aspiring human rights journalist. Will include lessons learned and reflections.