My mentor in the TV business, Fred Friendly, used to tell me that small stories work the best
People can relate to small stories; stories about people that they can easiy relate to
The trick, he said, is if you want to tell a big story, like racism in America, for example, tell a small story.
A small story about a single person
But that person has to open the door to a much larger issue.
George Floyd is perhaps now the classic example of this.
A small story that represents a much larger issue.
This is one of the main points we try to teach in the bootcamps. Find a small story, find a character, and then tell a larger story through the eys and experiences of that one person's life and experience.
At last week's bootcamp, Lupe Zapata, an MMJ with Spectrum News 1 in Texas found, shot, edited, produced and reported on such a story.
Take a look.
And, of cousre, all done on an iPhone.