Muck-Raking by Apprentenceship
Hello, my name is Levi Miller, and here's the media genre that's important to me greatly which I've decided to make an effigy of me for this project: Investigative Reporting.
A majority of the videos I've made in this class have followed the relative formula of aping some media form I like, and it's because I greatly appreciate the types of media I follow and I enjoy sharing them with others.
I'm particularly interested by watching and reading the work done by very small journalists that attempt to "uncover" some particular point, or at least spread awareness of it's existence through their platform. Equality Alec, a police reporter from a small group of lawyers who spread awareness for wrongfully arrested convicts and corrupt police, Anton Ceballo who makes culture pieces based off economic datasets, and many others are all small journalists I appreciate. They to me represent the idea that even one person can publish something important, get noticed, and say something meaningful. Even independent writers who publish shortform, like Sam Kriss, are inspiring.
This brings us to my little attempt to demonstrate the power of checking the facts even if you're just one person. It started when I began getting weird Twitter ads for "He gets us", a religious organization that seemed to have no purpose, no listed sponsor or donator, and freely gave away various goods and merchandise. I thought it would be a good experiment for me to demonstrate my digging around to see what my initial feelings of weirdness brought, and this log has been compiled into the graphic I present here now.
Like most everything I do, the research was by far the most intensive part of the process, and quite enjoyable to spiral into various companies and holdings and partners until I could put names to the organization. It was a stroke of luck that He Gets Us happened to publish a Super Bowl ad at just around the same time I started working on this, which made it a lot more easier to relate.
I think this is the most professional piece I've done so far. Literally speaking, these types of graphics are the ones I see on posters in the hallway most often, or in magazines or newspapers, and I wanted to recreate that to my best extent instead of going for that much particularly "artsy", instead dedicating myself to conveying good information in an easily digestable format. I can pretty easily imagine this if it was hung somewhere in the Ladue halls, or posted on the social media account of a number of organizations, and I am pretty proud of that. Linking the whole topic back to being careful about predatory internet dangers for teens was natural, since it's pretty much how I found out about it.
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