New Approaches to Multimedia Storytelling: Lessons from The New York Times

This Webinar was originally broadcast on:
May 19, 2014 Enroll Now
Watch and listen to the original one-hour Webinar in its entirety. This Webinar recording features the full presentation led by Poynter faculty and visiting faculty including Q&A from the audience and resources from the presenter.

Course Overview

New Approaches to Multimedia Storytelling: Lessons from The New York Times
Originally Broadcast On:
May 19, 2014
Time Estimate:
One hour for the main presentation and questions. Sometimes presenters stay longer to answer additional questions from participants.

About Webinars

In this virtual classroom, participants can join in a seminar led by Poynter faculty and visiting faculty. This screencast includes live audio and a slideshow presentation in which participants can post questions and respond to poll questions posed by the host.

Storytelling at the The New York Times is evolving as the staff there develops innovative multimedia techniques. But you don't have to work at The New York Times to learn from their processes and approaches.

In this Webinar, we will show you how you can take some basic building blocks of storytelling -- text, photos, audio and video -- and mix and mash them in different ways to come up with new storytelling forms.

Josh Williams will discuss best practices and takeaways from his role as the multimedia editor at The New York Times.

Want to learn more? Download the e-book Secrets of Prize-Winning Journalism Kindle Edition.

"The book highlights the work of Josh Williams and his colleagues in the Snowfall project at The New York Times as well as other award-winning journalists from The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, The Denver Post, The Times of Northwest Indiana, and "KCET's SoCal Connected."

What Will I Learn:
  • Why certain approaches are taken for stories
  • An overview of tools used
  • The mix of skills needed to create projects
Who Should Take this Course:

Reporters, producers, editors, and anyone who wants to tell stories in a multimedia format.

Course Instructor:

Josh Williams

Josh Williams is a San Francisco-based multimedia editor at the New York Times, where he works on a range of projects at the intersection of web development, design and storytelling. He worked a project that won the Pulitzer Prize and another that was a finalist. He's received two Emmy nominations and his work has been recognized by SND, ONA, POYi and NPPA, among others.

Williams has taught interactive news design classes in the journalism schools at Columbia University and UC Berkeley.

Technical Requirements:

This Webinar contains audio. Please adjust your headphones or speakers.
We strongly suggest viewing our Webinars with a wired connection.

  • Flash Player - Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1 or higher
  • Browsers - Mozilla Firefox 2 or higher; Safari 2 or higher; Google Chrome (any version)
    Windows users can also use Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or higher
  • Bandwidth - 256Kbps (512Kbps recommended)

Some networks, especially those that use a proxy server, may encounter difficulty connecting to our Webinar software. If this is your first Poynter NewsU Webinar, please test your connection.

Questions? Read our Webinar FAQ or contact us at

You can watch our Live Webinars on your iPad with a free Adobe Connect app. To watch Webinar replays, your iPad must be able to view Flash media players. The Live Webinar experience on your iPad is very similar to watching it from your computer. You can watch the video, follow the presentation, respond to polling questions, ask the presenter questions and participate in any discussion forums.

Download the free Adobe Connect app from iTunes here. To access the live event, click on the "Join Live Event Now" button on the Webinar landing page. The virtual room will automatically load. 

To watch the replay from your iPad, you'll have use a different app from Live Webinars. Browse and download an app from iTunes that allows your device to view a Flash video player. There are multiple apps to choose from, some are free with ads and there are others for purchase.