Oregon Pubic Broadcasting will be airing NW Stories, an experimental video documentary series about intriguing people who share a connection to this region, produced in partnership between students at the UO School of Journalism and Communication, OR Media, and OPB.
Over the summer we had the special pleasure of working with a crew of 7 talented students and SOJC alumnus Mychal Sargent, the voice of the program, to pursue these stories. The web versions will be rolled out over the next couple of months on OPB’s website, with radio announcements driving people to the site.
With NW Stories, our approach was to find and profile six fascinating people who represent the ethos and eccentricities of the Pacific Northwest. Our subjects included: Josephine County’s Sheriff Gil Gilbertson, who struggles to protect a community that votes down measures supporting law enforcement; Elaine Davison, who leads a group of ghost hunters; Tim Lewis, a rebel documentary filmmaker who fights for environmental causes; Jessie Wharton, a motocross racer who stayed in the sport after surviving several life-threatening injuries; and the winners of an epic Tillamook County relay road race, in which contestants must carry pigs while driving Model T Fords.
You can catch the entire program, which includes all of the stories, on OPB on Monday, December 22 at 9 pm. Find your local channel here.
Visit to www.opb.org/news/series/nwstories to watch more behind-the-scenes videos showing the NW Stories team in action. If you like what you see, please “Like” NW Stories on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter @NWStoriesOPB.
Have an idea for a profile subject? Send your tips to Maya Lazaro, our production coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.