Written by Tim Brown-Martinez
On Saturday, October 13th, the NYC Digital Waves Media Festival is held in WNYC Radio's Greene Space. The festival calls together voices of all ages from varying outlets of media.
The focus of the event was to express the importance of digital formats in media. After intros and opening speeches, those in attendance broke off in to smaller groups. These intimate seminars covered a variety of topics and were presented by knowledgable representatives from sources like The Lamp, WNYC's Radio Rookies and the New York Times.
I attended a workshop held by the NY TIMES and The Lamp on multimedia and media literacy. Multimedia is the meshing of sound, images and film to convey one main point. The discussion ranged from the rudimentary "what is multimedia?" to complex theories on how each converging elements shape the overall content.
Another session I attended was by Mozilla, makers of Firefox. They were showcasing a beta version of an upcoming media toolPopcorn. This an web based resource that allows users to combine images, video, and sound in one presentation. Mozilla hopes this will make creating more accessible.
The Digital Waves Festival concluded in a multimedia slam. Contestants entries covered topics from stop and frisk, to the Haitian earthquake. The slam was emceed by Blunt Youth Media out of Vermont. Also this years contest featured a new audience favorite category.
In conclusion, I strongly advise that anyone of any age with any interest in media attend next year's Digital Waves Festival!