ONA 2013: Death of the Talking Head from Yvonne Leow It’s been in the back of my mind for awhile, but I decided to give a five-minute rant lightning talk at this year’s ONA conference about one of my pet peeves in video journalism. The slides don’t offer much context, but my preso was called “Death of the Talking Head.” […]
A friend sent me this quote from Dylan Moran awhile ago and it has stuck with me ever since. That, and this. They’re both taped on my desk and are probably the closest things I have to a personal code. Don’t stop believing dreaming.
“When you put yourself in somebody else’s space, you involve yourself in someone else’s world. I think that to try to turn off those experiences after the fact would be wrong. You have a responsibility both to yourself and to your subjects to remember them.” ~ An interview with Tyler Hicks, New York Times photographer
It’s something you usually hear from your mom or dad. A phrase loaded with expectation and subtle encouragement, reminding you of where you came from and where you hope to go. “Make me proud,” they’d say. And despite your inner doubts, you would always try. I heard those words at this year’s ONA conference. It […]
Messy and complex, Shanghai is almost exactly like how I remembered. Its skyline glimmers with skyscrapers and high-rises, dotted with steel skeletons of continuous construction. Pungent aromas intensified by humidity and human traffic waft through the streets. Locals and foreigners stream into ritzy shopping malls, up-scale restaurants and KFCs. Smog constantly obscures even a glimpse […]
February 1st, 2012. My last day at the AP. Everyone gathered in the conference room to hear the announcement the week before. We were there to cut cake, but I welled up trying to say thank you and goodbye. “Stories come and go, but in the end, it’s all about the people,” I said, blinking […]
For the past year, Noowah has kept me up at night. I would lie in bed imagining its future knowing that the idea was still unrealized. But unlike a dream, Noowah felt real. It’s fascinating when an idea takes root in your head… spare moments become occupied with strategizing, and weekends are replaced with work. […]
According to Nat Geo, I’m the opposite of ‘typical,’ but it’s all relative. The video is an ad for Nat Geo’s year-long series on global population, but it reeled me in from the beginning. Who knew demographics could be so cool looking? I watched the entire clip and I learned a thing or two. Mission […]