Capturing the Atom Bomb on Film - Audio & Photos

(Interactive) From 1945 to 1962, the United States military detonated hundreds of nuclear bombs in the atmosphere. George Yoshitake, 82, speaks about his experiences documenting the explosions and their destructive effects. Full Story »

Posted by Sally Lehrman - via Patrick LaForge, Joey Baker (t), Gianni D'Anna (t), Rachel Fus (t), Josh_Young (t), David Fox (f), Tobie Openshaw (f)
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Posted by: Posted by Sally Lehrman - Sep 13, 2010 - 6:13 PM PDT
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Edited by: Sally Lehrman - Feb 5, 2011 - 1:03 PM PST

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Colleen Brennan
3.9
by Colleen Brennan - Feb. 7, 2011

This medium works very well for the topic. Both the photos and the audio are powerful and fascinating, and the captions below the photos inform the reader. You can either listen to the audio to get some background information before viewing the photos, or you can listen to it as you view the photos for a more integrated experience.

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Krystle Yee
3.9
by Krystle Yee - Feb. 7, 2011

The content of the story was very powerful. Using audio for the story added emphasis on emotional appeal and personal dimension. The photos also added valuable content. The ability to capture the scenes that later cost men their lives creates deeper value and meaning to the photos. The photo of the camera man on site caught my attention the most. It gives people an image to connect to the lost camera men that the speaker talks about.

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Laura Gonzalez
3.9
by Laura Gonzalez - Feb. 7, 2011

For the topic of atomic bombs, I feel that this medium is very effective. Throughout history, the atomic bomb has generated much curiosity surrounding its affects and its science. By pairing photos of important moments from the history and studies of the atomic bomb with an audio account of a photographer that has been documenting these explosions, the slide show has a greater impact on the viewer/listener. I, personally, clicked through the slide show several times without truly listening to Yoshitake (the cameraman) and understanding that he is one of few cameramen that is still alive. After listening to his story and reflecting on the nature of his occupation and the magnitude of what is actually going on in each photo, I ... More »

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Aiselle De Vera
4.0
by Aiselle De Vera - Feb. 8, 2011

I think that the audio slideshow works well for this story because it shows the destructive power of the atomic bomb. The series of photos showing the school bus ignite and burn provided evidence of the damage a nuclear weapon can cause. The photos that showed the close proximity of cameramen illustrated the dangers of the occupation. By having George Yoshitake, a cameraman who took pictures of the explosions made the story more personal because it was told through his eyes.

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Katherine Paschal
4.0
by Katherine Paschal - Feb. 8, 2011

This slideshow is good journalism because it presents a really effective way to talk about such a huge incident in history. The photos along with the voice of George Yoshitake, who is one of the few cameramen still alive and who also had family in Japan at the time of the bomb gives a really insightful anecdote. There is also a variety of photos, a lot of which I had never seen before, and while they went with the audio viewers can also click through the photos at their own pace.

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Tyler Ichikawa
4.0
by Tyler Ichikawa - Feb. 14, 2011

This is an excellent example of how using two different media types, audio and visual, can help tell a story. The pictures are excellent because they show you the magnitude, destruction, and at times beauty of what atom bombs are capable of. The audio, coming from someone who experienced the blast first hand, gives the story credibility and authenticity that would otherwise might not be as effective if it were just a regular article or just pictures.

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